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 – October 2019

Discover Art Downtown with our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday October 4th from 5pm to 8pm. View the beautiful impressionistic photography by Jessica Mays during our First Friday Art Walk.

Topeka photographer, Jessica Mays specializes in what she calls impressionistic photography. Her often abstract and up-close view of the world shows ordinary subjects in extraordinary ways.

Stepping into the art community in 2016, Jessica took her photos to the next level by using digital editing. What she found was a whole new magical world of color, contrast, detail, and surprises. Each photo is carefully taken, then slowly edited to create a unique and intriguing piece of art without editing the contents. Jessica is a naturalist, believing what was in the photo when taken, should be there when printed.

She was named the 2018 Featured Artist of the Aaron Douglas Art Fair, which she is now the Art Coordinator, shown in several NOTO galleries and has artwork featured on banners on North Kansas Avenue. For more information or to see more of Jessica’s work, go to or find her on Facebook.

As always, we will have snacks, soda, craft beer and wine. Its October, so obviously Octoberfest and other fall inspired styled craft beers.

We hope to see you here!


  • 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.

    • NexLynx Gallery of Arts