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.


Collaborative Paintings Donated for Roar & Pour Event

NexLynx recently presented five donated framed paintings to the Friends of the Topeka Zoo. Over 16 months ago, the Friends of the Topeka Zoo approached NexLynx with an idea for a project that lead to the most unique collaborative paintings, pairing local artists with animals from the Topeka Zoo.

NexLynx graciously donated the framing for each of the five paintings with each artist donating their creativity, artistic skills and time towards this very rewarding project. The five paintings will be auctioned off at the Roar & Pour Wine Fest, April 29, 2017. All proceeds going to the Friends of the Topeka Zoo to use to support the Topeka Zoo’s education programs, conservation efforts, exhibit enhancement and more. Read More . . .



First Friday Art Walk – April 2017

Discover Art Downtown at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday April 7th from 5pm to 8pm, to view the talented student art of Hayden Catholic High School during our 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 ninth through twelfth grade visual art students from Hayden Catholic High School, displaying a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, and design.

Art instructors, Athena Sutton and Edw Balda, will present the artwork in the exhibit comprised of pieces by Frances Befort, Laura Burenheide, Cameron Cafer, Madison Carr, Lyndsey Cole, Zoe Collins, Courtney Desch, Katrina Escobar, Braden Falley, Ally Gales, Kaitlyn Garza, Caleb Gish, Payne Hamilton, Calli Herman, Jadyn Jay, Sarah Keck, Maeve McInerney, Brenna Morrissey, Garrett Muller, Yovanka Ortega, Isabelle Pryor, Claire Reinert, Dianne Rubio, Grace Schmanke, Nathan Smith, Jaqueline Solis Maldonado, Kendall Sutton, Dan Towle and Maria Weiter.

As always, we will have snacks, soda, craft beer and wine. Or try one of several varieties of iced or hot tea or coffee from the brew station.

We hope to see you here! Read More . . .

  • 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 in the 2016 People's Choice Award, 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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