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 – October 2021

Discover Art Downtown at our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday October 1st from 5pm to 8pm. View the stunning counted cross stitch pieces by Irma Wager during our First Friday Art Walk.

Born in Germany, Irma Wager was taught in grade school to embroider pillow cases, knit wool socks and many other things. She immigrated to the United States as a teenager and has had a love of yarn and knitted, embroidered and counted cross stitch for many years.

The art of counted cross stitch has stuck with her over the last 15 years, finishing projects which take anywhere from 1-4 months. The more challenging her projects, the more she enjoys the process and the outcome.

Irma has made many images for family and friends in different varieties from European landscapes to animals, flowers, city streets and beautiful women. A friend encouraged her to share her work after losing her husband, and Irma was amazed that people thought they were paintings.

Masks are required for the safety of our guests, artists and staff. Please be courteous of others and maintain social distancing. Your well-being is our primary concern while you celebrate with us.

  • 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