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 2023

Discover Art Downtown with our Artist Reception at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, Friday June 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. View the stunning artwork by Karen L. White during our First Friday Art Walk.

A resident of Kansas City, Karen White is passionate about creating artwork that expresses life in what she sees in people, wildlife and nature. Depicting emotion and trying to capture a unique moment in time with monochrome and vibrant colors using acrylic, pastel, color pencil, chalk graphite, oil pastel and pyrography.

Pencil drawings were the beginning of Karen’s artistic start and sharing her gift with people. With graphite pencil, she enjoys the shadows of dark and light dancing around shapes and figures while working with chalk and the different medium texture, creating a negative-positive look. Watercolor is a colorful change of subtle to vibrant colors.

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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.

    • NexLynx Gallery of Arts