As the month of April comes to a close it's time once again for Final Friday celebrations. This month all three Final Friday locations will be participating in the community event, Dodge City Community College, Carnegie Center for the Arts and 2nd Ave. Art Guild.
Dodge City Community College
At the Theater Art Gallery at DC3 the best of the best of student art created over the Spring 2013 semester will be on display from 4-6 p.m. The art will remain on display until May 8, but an awards ceremony for the artists will take place on Friday at 4:30.
"This is our annual end of the semester student art exhibition," Jennifer Nolan, assistant professor of art said. "All of our art classes will have pieces featured.
Nolan went on to say that there will be paintings, drawings, ceramics, metal smithing, or jewelry, sculpture and many more forms of art on display for this show.
"We have 300 to 400 pieces," she said, "It's going to be a floor to ceiling, wall to wall show."
In addition to the artwork on display, some pieces will also be available for sale as a fundraiser for the campus art club.
"They will use the money raised from this sale for trips in the future," Nolan said. "We travel to places like Kansas City and visit the art museums, as well as local colleges that students may be interested in attending after they leave DC3."
Students and teachers worked together to select the pieces that will be on display.
"The student art exhibition is a great experience for our students," Nolan said, "they learn about how to select work for a show, how to display it properly and how to present their work to the public."
Carnegie Center for the Arts
After you've viewed all the student art at the college, head over to Carnegie for their Final Friday celebration, taking place from 5-7 p.m. Carnegie will have entertainment throughout the evening from Priscilla Hallberg and her students from the String Academy of the Plains.
According to her website, hallbergarts.com, Hallberg has been studying violin from an early age. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra musician, was a member of the San Antonio Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestra for over 20 years.
"I present multimedia concerts combining music, art, poetry and prose in new ways," Hallberg says on the website.
Hallberg currently teaches at the String Academy of the Plains, with locations in Garden City and Satanta. It is a resource for string players of all ages.
Artwork will be on display from the Southwest Kansas Student Art Show.
"High school students from all over the area will have the opportunity to display their work," Summer Bates, director of Carnegie said. "We have students from Dodge and Cimarron, and several other locations in the show."
Page 2 of 2 - Bates went on to say that there will be a variety of artwork on display including drawing, paintings, sculpture and more.
"The students and teachers work together to decide what will be displayed," Bates said, "it's a good learning experience for the students, to see how pieces get selected."
2nd Ave. Art Guild
To close the evening, 2nd Ave. Art Guild will have their first ever Multicultural Art Exhibition, featuring the artwork of several community members.
"We reached out to several local artists in the community," Margaret Butcher, of 2nd Ave. Art Guild, said. "We wanted to give these people a chance to display their work, when they might not have another opportunity."
The works on display come from a number of artists with different cultural backgrounds, and is part of the Guild's Cinco de Mayo celebration. The art will be on display until May 25, but a special artists reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday.
"There really isn't a place here in Dodge for people to display their artwork," Butcher said, "so we wanted to offer that place."
The Guild reached out to the community and received several pieces of art in different mediums including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and sculpture.
"We're really pleased with the response," Butcher said. "I hope we can make this an annual event and get even more artists involved in the future."
One artist whose work will be on display is Bob Florez. Florez grew up in the Mexican Village here in Dodge City, and has always had an interest in art.
"I took a lot of art classes while I was at school," Florez said, "I was even offered a scholarship, but I got married and had a baby girl instead."
Florez never lost his passion though, he's been drawing throughout his life. Even now, with no retina in his left eye, and poor sight in the other, he still creates art whenever he can.
"I like to draw motorcycles, but not the way people think about them," Florez said, "I like to draw them only with lines."
Several of Florez's drawings, along with some of his other artwork will be on display Friday.
All three locations will serve light refreshments and are free and open to the public.