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 – June 2017

Discover Art Downtown at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday June 2nd from 5pm to 8pm, to view the silk paintings from members of the Sunflower Silkers group during our First Friday Art Walk.

The Sunflower Silkers, a local chapter of Silk Painters International (SPIN), are a unique group of artists who share their knowledge and passion for silk painting.

Silk painting is a diverse and challenging media that has an ancient history. Various resists are used to control the fabric dye or paint which are applied with a brush to white silk. After the painting is completed, the color is then heat set using steam or an iron. The work is then washed, ironed and framed as a two-dimensional piece of art.

The members exhibiting their artwork are Barb Ballentine, Lynne Bourne, Kelly Burke, Barry Busch, Elenor Chipman, Geri Cummings, Richard Eaken, Roxanne Ebberts, Candace Futch, Mary Hawks, Bonnie Keim, Ann Keller, Diane Lawrence, Pam Leinwetter, Autumn Prosser, Barb Quaney, Kim Schimmel, Sabra Shirrell, Donna Silsby, Jun Sun, Debbie Tice, Lois VanLiew, Denise Brice-Walker and Christin Wasson.

We hope to see you here!

  • 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.

    • NexLynx Gallery of Arts