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 – May 2024

We are excited to feature talented quilt artist, Sylvia Levings, who became interested in quilting at a young age when she threaded needles for her grandmother’s quilting group at church. Over the years, after studying sewing in school and making clothing for her family, she became more active in quilting, creating lots of unique designs.

A big influence on Sylvia’s approach to design was Olive Ubel, her daughter’s junior high art teacher. Frustrated that she couldn’t paint like her Great Grandmother Thinnes, Sylvia took art lessons from Olive to learn to create depth by shading. She also used other techniques such as quilting around images to make them puff out and appliqueing by hand. When there wasn’t a printed image on material available, appliqueing by hand was a way to create the quilt picture.

She has taught quilting at Shawnee County Parks and Recreation and at East Topeka Senior Center. Sylvia’s work may be familiar to regular visitors to area craft shows and the Downtown Farmers market and the newly formed Breadbasket Farmers Market in the Furniture Mall parking lot on Wanamaker, where she has sold her work for a number or years.

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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