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.

First Friday Art Walk – April 2019

Washburn Rural High School

Discover Art Downtown with our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday April 5th from 5pm to 8pm. View the artwork by the talented students of Washburn Rural High School during the First Friday Art Walk.

Once a year NexLynx opens its Gallery to a local High School to showcase the works of talented young artists. This year, we host the visual art students from Washburn Rural High School, displaying a variety of mediums including acrylics, oils, printmaking, and weavings.

Art instructors, Eugina Baer-Witt, Cindy Daniels, Miranda Figgs, Boaz Owen, and Theresa Shetler Logan will present the artwork in the exhibit comprised of pieces by Coral Aboud, Sunny Chen, Kiersten Creighton, Jillian Dahlby, Amelia Fagar, Luke Farron, Yajahira Hernandez, Andrea Lara, Brad McCollum, Ashlyn Razo, and Christian Robinson.

Many of the pieces on display were created during the school’s recent Art Lock In event that they have been doing for about 10 years. The school invites a guest artist to talk about their work, inspirations, techniques, and how they make a living in the arts. The event is a fun way for students to meet a professional artist and to teach them about new techniques, as the guest artist leads them in creating a work of art.

Christian, one of the student participants, said, “I was able to learn about an artist I had never heard about and totally new techniques that I then got to use to make different pieces of art. I was able to hangout and express myself and my art with my friends, painting and having a good time.”

This month only, we’re featuring snacks that all teens love. As always, enjoy our selection of sodas, craft beers and wines.

NexLynx Gallery is turning 100!

  • Join us on Friday May 3, 2019 as NexLynx Gallery celebrates its 100th Consecutive First Friday Art Walk with a special exhibit from 4pm to 8pm. Featuring selected pieces of artwork varying in photography, acrylics, mixed media and more from over 35 of our returning artist alumni.

    Join us and the artists at 6pm for a toast as we thank the artists and individuals who have helped us achieve 100 successful consecutive Art Walks thus far.And featuring in our lobby from 5pm to 7pm, Live Music by Kirk Drager. Kirk’s repertoire includes Alt-Country, Rock, and Bluegrass.
  • 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