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 – May 2022
Naomi Cashman

Discover Art Downtown with our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday May 6th from 5pm to 8pm. View the artwork of watercolor artist, Naomi Cashman, during the First Friday Art Walk.

Naomi has always had a creative urge. She came to be a watercolor artist later in life after having first spent nearly 20 years sculpting waterfowl out of wood, giving them finely textured details, painting with oil pigment for a natural life-like appearance. Her sculptures won regional and national awards in competitions. The Dyche Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas featured an exhibit of her sculptures in 1996.

Naomi turned to watercolor and began to show her work in 2008. Although Naomi has no formal art education she has studied with local and nationally recognized artists to learn watercolor techniques. She paints a wide variety of subjects. The natural beauty of the outdoors, its changing seasons and mood, influences her palette. Naomi paints with the same attention to detail in her paintings, which she used with her wood sculptures. She paints “plein air” or based off photos taken from her travels.

She has been juried into several exhibits in Topeka and surrounding cities. Her work was chosen for the 2015 program cover of the annual Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka and has been featured in Topeka Magazine. She is a member of the Topeka Art Guild where she volunteers and the Lawrence Art Guild. Naomi has received a number of awards in juried shows at the Topeka Art Guild and received People’s Choice award at SouthWind Art Gallery.

  • 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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