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 2022

Discover Art Downtown at our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday June 3rd from 5pm to 8pm. View the unique Urban Folk Artwork by Oshara Meesha during our First Friday Art Walk.

Oshara believes life is a healing journey, which is how she would explain her life and her art journey. Starting her art journey in 2007, after she did a creativity meditation. Upon ending the meditation, Oshara created her first painting, an acrylic pastel of a Butterfly Goddess in a red dress. She has since expanded her creativity in many directions.

Oshara loves to create jewelry, wall hangings and everything in between. She considers herself a healing creative artist. She is the happiest when others see her work and make their own interpretations of what it means. She was a muralist on the Brown v Board Artsconnect Mural, TPD ArtsConnect Mural and the HiCrest Basketball Court Mural.

  • 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