Lawrence, Kansas, has a great art scene and it is especially visible on the last Friday of every month, which is called Final Friday. Numerous art galleries, and places where art is on display open in the evening from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and welcome the public not only with art exhibits. Some Final Friday locations offer drinks and or snacks and occasionally music. Plus, these events are well attended. You are bound to meet someone you know and will also have a chance to talk to the artists about their work.
The Lawrence Art Party is one of these art destinations. It has moved its location since the last time I participated in it. It is now located at 512 East 9th (9th and New Jersey) in the new Warehouse Arts District. There are a number of advantages to artists participating in the Art Party. If you want your art to be seen, this is the place to be. Crowds of people turn out on final Friday. I participate in a cooperative gallery elsewhere and when I work there maybe only half a dozen people come in all day. Also unlike many art shows, Art Party provides a place to hang your art inside. You don’t have to have your own screens. The space allotted to each artist is not large. I’m bringing eight paintings, which would make it a good venue for budding artists who don’t yet have a large body of work. And you only have to sit with your work for four hours, unlike some shows which can last for a whole weekend. So I’m bringing some paintings, including the one above, up from the basement in the hopes that folks will enjoy looking at them, even if they are a bit old fashioned. And if someone decided to buy one, that would make my evening.