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.


NexLynx Gallery – 2017 People’s Choice Winner

Thank you to everyone who nominated NexLynx Gallery as your favorite First Friday Art Walk venue in the ArtsConnect People’s Choice Awards! We are honored to be the 2017 Winner. We couldn’t have done this without your continuous support.

First Friday Art Walk – December 2017

Kathleen Cobb

Discover Art Downtown at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday December 1st from 5pm to 8pm, to view the scenic Kansas paintings by Kathleen Cobb during our First Friday Art Walk.

Capturing the beauty of the Kansas landscape and the American West is the main focus of Kathleen’s paintings, paying special attention to the light in each scene whether it’s the golden light on an autumn afternoon or the subtle light of a cloudy day, or catching the atmosphere of distant rain squalls over wide-open spaces.

Kathleen’s first love is painting in oils, but also works in acrylics and pastels. The desire to travel allows her to paint, “en plein air”, the act of painting outdoors, where she seeks inspiration from the land’s natural beauty. If she is unable to paint on location, she takes reference photos or sketches a scene.

While continuing to educate herself over the years by taking workshops from nationally known artists, Kathleen has received numerous awards and is a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS), and the Topeka Art Guild. She is presently a studio artist at Studio 831 in the NOTO Art District.

  • 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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