Final Friday in downtown Dodge City will feature local artists throughout the day's events.

Kicking things off, Carnegie Center for the Arts will feature the art of Larry Burke from 5 to 7 p.m.

A longtime resident of Dodge City, Burke will have his art on display Friday through July.

Burke is an Army Ranger and a combat veteran of the Vietnam War who was a professor of history at Dodge City Community College before retiring in 2012.

Burke took drawing classes from Devlin Goldworm at DCCC after retirement.

"I liked to draw as a kid but got away from it as I grew older and busier," Burke said. "After retiring I started again and enjoy it.

"In my early drawing classes my stuff was pretty amateurish. I think the ones to be shown at the Carnegie are a little better — at least I hope so. I like to draw historical personalities from busts, sculpture, photos, and scenes of a historical nature."

Burke will have pieces on display of World War II aircraft.

"I like the way sunlight reflects off of metal," he said. "I have started using colored pencils as well as graphite and have started doing some landscapes.

"I am not especially original. I need something to look at, and then when the basics are completed I can add my own touches and interpretation to make the drawing more original. I don't know that I consider myself an artist exactly — I just like to draw."

Carnegie will also have beer, wine and snacks available.

Also from 5 to 7 p.m., activities will be held at Flowers By Irene, Trail of Fame Museum, Boot Hill Antiques and New Creation Studio 517.

Double punches on drinks will be available at Red Beard Coffee from 5 to 7 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the inaugural Party in the Park will be held at Eisenhower Park, hosted by the Dodge City Young Professionals.

The party will feature the music of Noelle Garcia and David McHugh, craft beer samples and Crazy Burger food truck.

Wristbands will be $10, and participants must be 21 years or older.

Home of Stone will have tours and watermelon pina coladas available from 6 to 8 p.m.

2nd Ave. Art Guild will have the art of Tara Hufford Walker on display from 6 to 8 p.m.

Walker, a 1973 graduate of Dodge City High School, works in graphite, ballpoint pen, charcoal, colored pencils, acrylic and watercolors.

"Bright colors, intense contrast and shadows, I like art that shouts at you and draws the viewer in," Walker said. "I like art that makes one linger and ask, 'Is there a story there?'

"I also appreciate figurative imagery and subject matter, art that looks real, that demonstrates the artists appreciation for technical skill."

Walker graduated from Wichita State in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in art education.

She was the children's art instructor from 1978-1990 at the Wichita Center for the Arts.

She was also the art instructor over time at Andover Elementary School, John Marshall Middle School and Wichita North High School.

"I have been inspired by artists such as Caravaggio and Philip Pearlstein with their extreme figurative poses, lights and darks," Walker said. "I also love the surreal artists such as Salvador Dali, his creepy, whimsical imagery painted in a realistically but dreamlike nonsensical way."

2nd Ave. Art Guild will also serve wine and refreshments.

The Depot Theater will host live music from Sterling Hubbard and Reyna Hubbard from 7 to 8 p.m., along with cocktails and snacks.

Also from 7 to 8 p.m., photography of Mike Umschied will be on display at Dodge City Brewing.

From 8 to 10 p.m., Boot Hill Distillery will have jazz from John and Connie Chavez and specialty cocktails available.


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