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 Walks – June/July 2020

We have cancelled the First Friday Art Walk opening reception for both June & July at NexLynx Gallery. As we continue to move into the next phases of re-opening our city due to Covid-19, our plan was to open our doors for June and welcome our guests.

We are obviously in uncharted waters and even though we were hopeful to be open, we have decided to remain closed for both June and July. With the imposed limits of people for gatherings, we do not feel like we can safely open our doors to the public and still provide the fun opening receptions that we are best known for.

We plan to re-open for the August First Friday featuring a special group exhibit with all of the artists whose receptions were cancelled. The participating artists are Diane Wurzer, Susan Poitevin, Timothy R. Bauer, and Ryan Ogle displaying a mixture of paintings and photography as well as a few Velvet Elvis paintings from Timothy’s private collection.

We appreciate your support and patience. Hope to see you back at NexLynx Gallery in August!

  • 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