Another Final Weekend is here, and what a lovely one it will be! This weekend is special in that it has so many diverse art happenings. You have the opportunity to experience woodworking, an adult puppet show, an author talk, vintage clothing, and of course, paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, prints and more. The world of art mediums is a wide one! Art is meant to stretch the imagination and make you feel something new, yet so often we limit ourselves to mediums that we feel comfortable with or have an understanding of. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to not only experience an array of creative expression, but to see how art can be found in nature, in clothing, and even in everyday life.
This Final Friday brings us a wealth of unique mediums to explore. Whether you are interested in finding a print made by a local artist or sampling some of Lawrence’s finest food, you are sure to be delighted this evening. Of course, all your usual haunts will be ready to welcome you back, from Phoenix Gallery to the Percolator. If you have never enjoyed a Final Friday in Lawrence, there are plenty of unique and local boutiques, galleries, shops and restaurants to visit. If you find one you like, stay a while! There are some new contenders, too: River Rat Skate Shop is opening up shop inside the Happy Shirt Printing Company building and hosting their first Grand Art Show. These guys are just north of the river and would love to see you. This could be a good chance to branch out from downtown Mass St. and explore the East Lawrence art scene as well. Not sure where to start?
East Side Woodshop will be open and welcoming visitors Friday evening. The Woodshop is a three-in-one craftsman spectacular: it is a lumber mill, a full-service woodshop and an artists gallery and collective. Three local artists- Greg Anderson, Matthew Jarmer and Matt Roman- work out the woodshop and display their art there as well. Their work spans from delicate jewelry to impressive statement tables rich with natural beauty. I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to a local lumber mill or even to a woodshop, but either way, this could be a super interesting stop for you on this Final Friday.
Downtown, the Lawrence Arts Center is hosting Johanna Winters exhibit ENDLING as a culmination of Winters’ time as the 2018-19 Printmaking Artist in Residence at the Arts Center. The exhibit is a puppet-figure performance, installation and sound piece. Winters pulls from a range of mediums: printmaking, marionettes, shadow theatre, sound, and invented phonetics. This will be a wonder of unique materials and creative expression. If you are taken by Winters work and can make it back into town, she will be doing an artists talk on June 10th at 7:00pm.
I love that celebrating the earth and beautiful nature we have right here in Lawrence has been such a common occurrence throughout these Final Weekends. We have another nature-centric event for you this weekend! To celebrate National Prairie Day and National Trails Day, join Mayor Lisa Larsen and the community at the Prairie Block Party at 9:00 am Saturday morning. There will be all the usual block party fare (live music and food trucks) as well as nature and art activities, the opportunity to explore the park and surrounding trails, and learn even more about the environment. Mayor Lisa Larsen will be leading the “Neighbors Walk” from Hobbs Park to Burroughs Creek Park at 10:30 am. I think many would agree with me in saying that nature is art in one of its very best forms. What better to offer a diversity of mediums than the very earth itself? Challenge yourself to look for all the ways nature and art intersect this Saturday morning.
Come spend the weekend with us and see why Lawrence is heralded as the culture capital of the state. We have everything you need right here to feed your imagination and relax your mind. Good food, unique art, beautiful green spaces, and wonderful, quirky people.