First Friday Art Walk

NexLynx Gallery is the “must see” art gallery on the First Friday Art Walk located in the historic Bates Building in the heart of Downtown Topeka. Beginning in 2010, we have shown hundreds of original photographs, paintings, carvings and sculptures from dozens of local and regional artists. The First Friday Art Walk is our “Opening Reception“ for each new monthly exhibit at NexLynx Gallery of Arts. The First Friday Art Walk is a program of ArtsConnect.

Irma Wager
Barbara Schilling
Barbara Schilling

First Friday Art Walk – August 2019

Discover Art Downtown with our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday August 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. View the stunning counted cross stitch pieces by Irma Wager and custom, handcrafted jewelry by Barbara Schilling during our First Friday Art Walk.

Irma Wager

Born in Germany in 1942, Irma Wager was taught in grade school to embroider pillow cases, knit wool socks and many other things. She immigrated to the United States in 1959 and has had a love of yarn and knitted, embroidered and counted cross stitch for many years.

The art of counted cross stitch has stuck with her over the last 15 years, finishing projects which take anywhere from 1-4 months. The more challenging her projects, the more she enjoys the process and the outcome.

Irma has made many images for family and friends in different varieties from European landscapes to animals, flowers, city streets and beautiful women. A friend encouraged her to share her work after losing her husband, and Irma was amazed that people thought they were paintings.

Barbara Schilling

Barbara Schilling, a Kansas architect and personal longtime friend of NexLynx owner, has grown up with art and crafts always being a part of her family activities. She began selling her creations in 2004. Barbara’s style has evolved from mostly beaded pieces and now includes intricate wire, metal and bead pieces as well as etched metal, enameled pieces and resin.

She is always looking for new styles and materials to incorporate into her jewelry and is currently planning a series of jewelry incorporating items found in the hardware store. She will have several pieces on display for sale. For more information, visit Barbara’s blog at

As always, we will have snacks, soda, craft beer and wine. This month only, we’re featuring Elvis’ favorite snack, peanut butter banana of course, along with Oz Winery wines selected from our recent visit to Wamego, Rodney Hoover’s open house and the amazing Oz Museum.


  • Make sure to visit our friends at Thirty-Nine West Gallery in NOTO. Located at 909 N. Kansas, Staci Dawn Ogle and Lori Blake, owners, have brought a new concept in viewing art. With three galleries inside, each exploding with art in all mediums, pushing your senses, offering an interactive art experience.

  • Our History

  • NexLynx Gallery of Arts started in 2010, after being selected as one of the venues for the ReThink Topeka Exhibition and Art Walk that same year and each year after. The Re-Think Topeka Art Walk was a movement to spur re-building community awareness through art and cultural events. NexLynx continues to be a proud supporter of the art community with our monthly exhibits and opening receptions. We worked with the former Arts Council of Topeka, and now ArtsConnect to promote art in the community as a premier downtown gallery on the Downtown Topeka Art Walk.

    The Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the historic downtown Bates Building. Walter L. Bates' (1859-1903) last business enterprise was the building of the structures on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Jackson Streets, known as the Bates Block, which includes the I.O.O.F. Hall (117 W. 6th - c. 1910) and 123 W. 6th (c. 1902).

    NexLynx Gallery was voted a Finalist for both 2016 and 2017 People's Choice Awards, nominated by people in the Topeka Community as their favorite stop on the First Friday Art Walk, a program of ArtsConnect.

    • NexLynx Gallery of Arts