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 – July 2024

Come check out our double feature exhibit showcasing the works of two talented local artists, Barbara Waterman-Peters and Larry Peters. Barbara will display work from her “My Women Series” and “Ship of Fools” series. Larry exhibiting petroglyphs inspired artwork and pieces from his Gorky Garden series.

Barbara Waterman-Peters

Barbara Waterman-Peters is primarily an oil painter, but often uses watercolor and other media as well. Over the years, she has explored many issues through the lens of a feminist, utilizing sources from mythology, literature, documentaries, and modern culture; thus inspiring her, “My Women Series” (MWS).

Also on display, will be her “Ship of Fools” Series, exploring the issue of how we are coping from our current time of upheaval, chaos and disunity. Whether we are ignoring the situation, denying it, or trying to take some kind of action, “we are all in the same boat.”

Barbara has received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from the State of Kansas, the Monroe Award from Washburn University and Distinguished Visual Artist Arty Award from ARTSConnect. She is also a published children’s book illustrator, a writer for Topeka and Kansas magazines, and has published multiple non-fiction pieces and poems.

Larry Peters

Over the years, Larry Peters, works mostly in two-dimensional art, which has been a mix of graphite, acrylic paint, oil pastel, Prismacolor pencils, and various papers. Pieces are sometimes on Masonite panels coated with gesso or on heavy watercolor or printing paper.

His artwork on display represents two of his recent series. One is the “Gorky Series”, which was inspired by the 1940’s well-known painter, Arshile Gorky. The second series was inspired by petroglyphs seen on canyon walls from his backpacking travels in Utah.

Larry has received the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Advocacy, Washburn University “Alumni Fellow” recipient, Kansas Museums Association Distinguished Service Award, John Ritchie Award by the Washburn Alumni Association, and the Glenda Taylor Visual Arts Arty Award from ARTSConnect.

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  • 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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