It’s not an exaggeration to say Friday’s Winter Art Walk will be the biggest yet for the Hays Arts Council.

With 22 locations and more than 30 featured artists, exhibitions or performers, the art walk will have something for everyone, HAC Director Brenda Meder said.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a more diverse art walk ever, and certainly it’s the largest winter art walk. There’s never been 22 locations. It’s going to be just an amazing night,” she said Tuesday afternoon as she worked hanging the 161 works chosen for the Five State Photography Exhibition.

The 35th-annual annual juried photography show will open to the public at 7 p.m. at the Hays Arts Center, 112 E. 11th. A reception for the photographers will take place prior to that. The show awards $1,500 in three categories.

Throughout the artwalk locations, patrons will find a variety of visual arts such photography, painting, ceramics and sculpture and performing arts including music, storytelling and poetry.

Two exhibits will feature local artists who’s work is a more a product of their passion, Meder said.

Tim Chapman, former president and CEO of the Fort Hays State University Foundation, will display his sculptures at the Hays Arts Center Annex, 1010 Main, while L&M, 113 W. 11th, will show “1,000 Cards Project,” a collection of acrylic, pencil and mixed media by Randy Schlitter, founder and CEO of Hays aircraft manufacturer RANS Designs.

“Both of these men, that’s been their passion and who they are for their whole life. Art has always been a part of their life, art just hasn’t necessarily been their livelihood,” Meder said.

Other exhibits will feature student artwork from the elementary to college levels.

Former Hays High School choral director Johnny Matlock will open his piano studio, 809 Studio, 809 Main, to the public with performances from studio ensembles, the HHS Chamber Singers, and FHSU students Jaewon Sohn and Peter Lee from South Korea.

There will even be culinary arts, with Phil Kuhn, owner of restaurant The Press and director of North Central Kansas Technical College’s culinary program, creating an ice sculpture at Platinum Group, 116 E. 11th. The real estate office will also display “Art and Tiles” by Jack Flagor.

A dozen other locations will start their artwalk activities at 7 p.m., but Meder notes there will be plenty to see before then, with eight locations opening earlier.

Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive, will open its exhibit, “Botswana and the Okavango Delta: A Photographic Safari to Wild Africa” by Marilyn Wasinger at 4 p.m.

Frost Fest activities will get underway at Union Pacific Park, 10th and Main with carriage rides through downtown at 5 p.m., Santa’s arrival at 5:30 and the Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. The Hays Community Theatre will offer Christmas story time at 6:30 p.m. and the Ellis Junior High Honor Choir will perform at 7 p.m.

A guide to all the exhibits can be found at

2018 Hays Arts Council

Winter Art Walk

7 to 9 p.m. Friday

• Hays Arts Center, 112 E. 11th, 35th Annual Five State Photography Exhibition

• Hays Public Library, 1205 Main, “Frankly, I Don’t Give A Draw” by FHSU drawing students and instructor Amy Schmierbach (1st floor); elementary student art exhibition (2nd floor)

• Downtown Visitor’s Center (conf. room), 1200 Main, paintings and drawings by Michael Leiker

• L&M, 113 W. 11th, “1,000 Cards Project” acrylic, pencil and mixed media by Randy Schlitter

• Paisley Pear Wine Bar, Bistro and Market, 1100 Main, “KJS Ceramics” works by Konnor Splichal; live music by Blake Ruder 8-10 p.m.

• Platinum Group, 116 E. 11th, “Art and Tiles” by Jack Flagor 

• Madd Matter Frame Shop and Gallery, 112 E. 11th, acrylic paintings by “Kansas Art Educator of the Year” Brad LeDuc (Topeka); recent works by Wendy Tan

• Simply Charmed, 1011 Main, ceramics by Haley Gottschalk

• Hays Arts Center Annex, 1010 Main, sculpture and paintings by Tim Chapman; paintings and photographs by Bruce Burkholder

• 809 Studio, 809 Main, HHS Chamber Singers, 809 Piano Studio performances; piano performances by Jaewon Sohn and Peter Lee; Art by the FHSU Academy of Mathematics and Science and Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science

• Diamond R Jewelry, 807 Main, digital paintings by Joe Borra; paintings by Layke Heimerman

• Hays Community Theatre, 121 E. 8th, works by Claire Kranawitter

• A2Z Escape, 115 W. 8th, Hays Middle School student art exhibition

• Artists@Work Studio, 717 Main, Holiday Creations by the men of Bethesda Place

Opening early Friday

• 4 to 6 p.m., Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Drive, “Botswana and the Okavango Delta: A Photographic Safari to Wild Africa” by Marilyn Wasinger

• 5 to 8 p.m., Union Pacific Park, 10th and Main, carriage rides (5 p.m.) Santa Claus (5:30 p.m.) Christmas tree lighting (6 p.m.), Christmas storytime with Hays Community Theatre (6:30 p.m.) Ellis Jr. High Honor Choir (7 p.m.)

• 6 to 9 p.m., Styles Dance Centre, 1501 Main, “Jana’s Campaign” visual and performing arts showcase

• Strand Theater Building, 6-9 p.m., 1102 Main, Winter Market — arts, crafts and gifts

• Breathe Coffee House, 6-10 p.m., 703 Main, “Make Art, Not War,” HHS Tribe art student exhibition; music by Brittany Park (6 p.m.); poetry contest — FHSU Spoken Word Showcase (7 p.m.)

• FHSU Moss Thorns Gallery, 6-9 p.m., FHSU Rarick Hall, Dept. of Art and Design Annual Faculty Exhibition

• FHSU Painting Lab, 6-8:30 p.m., FHSU Rarick Hall, Rm 107, FHSU Advanced Painting student open studio exhibition

• Center for Applied Tech. and Sculpture, 6-9 p.m., “CATS” Bldg, FHSU, “Rise” paintings and sculpture by Nicole Thibodeau