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Top 10 Topeka First Friday Art Walk Tips

Every first Friday of the month, the Topeka arts community is put on display for all to see. First Friday Art Walks feature art, live music, beverages and snack foods. There are more than 30 galleries, venues and businesses that feature art during this special day every month, but it doesn’t have to end when the lights are out on the first Friday of every month. Here are the top 10 tips to get the most out of the Art Walk even in the middle of the month.

  1. First Friday Art Walk in Topeka has grown dramatically over the last few years. That’s great for the Topeka Arts Community, but it also means that you probably won’t get to see all the art spaces in one evening. That’s OK – most venues are open throughout the month and most definitely the Saturday after.
  2. The Art Walk attendees are people of all ages browsing the various galleries there is such a variety of art available that it is an enjoyable self-guided tour for anyone.
  3. Crowds are usually sparse at early in the evening for First Friday but activity picks up between 6 and 8 p.m. Many venues offer refreshments and additional music or other entertainment throughout the evening.
  4. The galleries map created by is very useful if you are unfamiliar with the area, or if you don’t have a particular destination in mind. Many of the venues will also have these maps on hand.
  5. There are cafes and other food shops along the way. Why not stop, enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee, and then start again?
  6. The NOTO Arts District features the most venues in one four block area; however there are many fantastic venues each with their own flavor that you will want to plan a few excursions to see them all.
  7. Currently there is not a shuttle service for First Friday so you will need to drive to the venues. There are plenty of places to park along the street or in nearby parking lots at all Art Walk venues.
  8. Not comfortable walking around Topeka in the dark? Don’t like crowds? Want to bring the kids? Try another day or the Saturday after. More than 30 of the First Friday Art Walk participating venues are open regular hours throughout the month typically between 10 am and 4 pm for a daytime experience. So nearly every day from Wednesday to Saturday throughout the month can be your own Art Walk event. The diversity of fine art is more than enough entertainment for an afternoon outing.
  9. While you are there, discuss the items that you see with your companions or even the person working at the gallery. Ask questions and enjoy the work, you will have a rich experience from your explorations.
  10. And finally a question for you to keep in mind. Wouldn’t you enjoy supporting your favorite artists by purchasing a piece of art for your home, office or friend? Even a small souvenir priced item will help perpetuate the community dream of making Topeka a Great Arts Town!


2 comments on “Top 10 Topeka First Friday Art Walk Tips

  1. kena kaylene lambeth-morris
    August 8, 2012

    Ipaint pictures how do Iget them copyrighted so Ican sell prints Garfield Emporia ks 66801

    • mleivan
      August 8, 2012

      Kena, I am not a lawyer, but as a longtime artist this is my understanding of artist copyright: If the paintings you create are unique to you, they automatically copyright when you sign them the image is yours and you own all rights to that image, then you can sell, or lend your copyright to anyone you choose and even if you sell the painting the image is still yours to use unless you sign your rights away on an agreement. Putting a (c) on your pieces helps with those unfamiliar with the copyright laws. However you can find more information here:

      Disclaimer: The information given here is based on US copyright law and is given for guidance only; you’re advised to consult a copyright lawyer on copyright issues.

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