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 – April 2018

Student Art: Shawnee Heights High School

Discover Art Downtown at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday April 6th from 5pm to 8pm, to view the talented student art of Shawnee Heights High School during our First Friday Art Walk.

Once a year NexLynx opens its Gallery to a local High School to showcase the works of talented young artists. This year, we host the ninth through twelfth grade visual art students from Shawnee Heights High School, displaying a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry.

Art instructors, Avery Ayers-Berry, Beth Hanna, Steve Loy, Ryan Paget, and Wendy Wheeler, will present the artwork in the exhibit comprised of pieces by Brooklyn Armbruster, Cayla Bortz, Adah Davis, Jordan DeLong, Madison Elskamp, Briley Ginter, Felix Harrington, Avery Hauschild, Riley Hockman, Peyton Hughes, Alayna Janke, Madisyn Landry, Adelia Lawrenz, Brooke Matzek, Kassandra McManus, Chansea Montgomery, Teresa Osterhaus, Lauren Ostrander, Tayler Parrish, Ashley Pheigaru, Jailene Ramos, Grace Savoie, Macey Spaulding, Haley Stalkfleet, Elaena Steffen, Madison Stessman, Madisyn Ward, Tori White and Staci Whitford.

  • 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