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 – March 2019

Charles Benton

Discover Art Downtown with our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday March 1st from 5pm to 8pm. View the nature photography by returning artist, Charles Benton during the First Friday Art Walk.

Charles Benton is a retired, native Kansan and resident of Topeka for 40 years. Like many people, his involvement with photography began with taking vacation pictures. Charles has always had an interest in art, but discovered early that drawing and painting were not his skill set, so photography became his artistic outlet.

Most of Charles’ photos in his exhibit have some aspect of nature as their subject. Consisting of images taken from his travels to Great Britain, Iceland, near his home, right outside his front door, and from every season. The great thing about photography is one can find interesting subjects wherever one goes around the world.

Charles hopes for people to see his love of creation and perhaps be moved to look at the world around them with a new eye while experiencing the sheer beauty (and sometimes strangeness) of this world we live in.

As always, we will have snacks, soda, craft beer and wine. This month only, our Irishman selects Ireland influenced craft beers.

We hope to see you here!

  • 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.

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