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.


Bernadette RobbinsFirst Friday Art Walk – September 2022

Discover Art Downtown at our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday September 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. View the multi-medium artist, Bernadette Robbins, during our First Friday Art Walk.

Though a lifelong sketcher, Bernadette began painting in 2011 after retiring. She continues to vary her technique and to find a multitude of styles unique to her. While acrylic painting is her go to medium, Bernadette also does needle felting, mosaics, and clay sculpting. She has even started jewelry making.

Bernadette is drawn to diversity in art, in both technique and of subject matter. Faces have always fascinated her whether it is of animals or people. She enjoys painting people of all backgrounds in attempt to represent a variety of cultures. Subjects both beautiful and gritty; light and dark.

  • 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