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 2020

Discover Art Downtown with our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday October 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. View the unique photography composites by Rodney Hoover during our First Friday Art Walk.

Growing up in the Manhattan area, Rodney Hoover’s inspiration comes from his childhood memories, leaving the city to enjoy summers spent on his grandparent’s farm where his love of cattle and country living began. For the past two years, Rodney has immersed myself in the creation of the Bovinians. It’s not straight photography, which in itself is an art, but digital fine art composites.

His composites begin with character, costume and set creation, organization of the models and cattle for live photo sessions, and hours in the studio creating the final composition using multiples of his original photos, digital manipulation of the images, enhancements of color, texture, hues, saturation, brush strokes, blending modes and more.

Not Chili Walk

As much as we would love to host our highly popular and much anticipated Annual Art Walk Chili Competition, the Kansas Governor has decided having fun on a Friday night isn’t appropriate or allowed. But don’t you fret! Once we are able, we will bring it back. So fire up your taste buds and get ready… for another time!

  • 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