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 – February 2019

Doug Frye

Discover Art Downtown with our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday February 1st from 5pm to 8pm. View the beautiful paintings by returning artist, Doug Frye during the First Friday Art Walk.

Doug’s painting adventure began with a How-to-Draw book using pen and pencil sketches on paper. After finishing his internship and 4 years of medical school, when he had scant time for painting, Doug received the gift of a pastel set and colored paper and has been creating ever since.

He has used many mediums; pastel, watercolor, acrylic, gauche and egg tempura, but his recent works are primarily in oil. He applies his selected medium with various instruments: pencil, pen, brush, palette knife and even a toothbrush. His favorite is using squirt bottles.

Doug prefers painting in series. His series, “The Water’s Edge”, was painted mostly in 2016 using palette knives to apply paint to freshly treated wood or composite surfaces. Viewing from different perspectives; upstream, downstream or just watching the river flow by, using palette knifes can produce rhythm and sparkle that create a sense of fresh moving water. The thick strokes of color bring a powerful brightness to his paintings. You can view more of his work at

As always, we will have snacks, soda, craft beer and wine.


  • 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.

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