LOCAL FAVS Kaila Mock is gallery manager at the Emporia Arts Center. We asked her for her top recommendations for art lovers in Emporia.
“I can only pick 3? First, I would check out all of Emporia’s nationally galleries rotate exhibitions
Snuggle up in an overstuffed chair surrounded by local history in this
every few weeks, so there
is always new and exciting
Enjoy the art while you eat at Radius Brewing Co. (610 Merchant St.).
and year-round art class selection while you’re there!”
Art from regional artists decorates the walls while the kitchen serves up brick oven pizzas, unique sandwiches and a fantastic rotating chef’s menu. No visit is complete without sampling one of their award-winning craft beers that are brewed on-site. They were named Best Brewery in Kansas by Yahoo Travel and 2018 Existing Business of the Year by the Kansas Small Business Development Center.
“Second, I would plan on
Emporia State University is the perfect place to start your art tour of Emporia.
THEATRE Going strong for over a hundred years, Emporia State University Theatre (1301 Market St.) has one of the oldest and strongest theatre programs in the country. Shows are year-round.
has between 10 and 20
businesses who graciously
the Lot, an outdoor music series on Fridays in June and July. Listen to
artists at the Eppink & Gilson Art
attending the Emporia First Friday ArtWalk! EFF
host an artist or group of artists. There is a huge well of talented local artists to draw from, so each ArtWalk is unique and fun!”
“Finally, I would stop by the Kansas Free For Arts studio (7 E. 7th Ave)! With free open art studio hours, jam sessions, and a year-round concert series with internationally touring bands, there is always something creative
Start your day at the Granada Coffee Company (809 Commercial St.). Located next to the Granada Theatre, it is a true treasure of Emporia.
Performing Arts Series
recognized art galleries. The
art to view! Check out EAC’s
PHOTO CREDIT/Courtesy Emporia State University
The streets are alive with music in Emporia. Hear local artists at Live in
View works from students, faculty and nationally known regional
regional music in a fun atmosphere.
Galleries (1301 Market St.) on the
Or make your own music at Flint Hills Music (715 Commercial St.).
Emporia State campus. These free
Supporting Emporia’s vibrant cultural and musical community, this music store offers instruments and lessons to people who love music as much as they do.
If the art you prefer is more of the literary kind, Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore (1122 Commercial St.) is Emporia’s own locally owned and fiercely independent bookstore. Ellen Plumb opened Emporia’s first bookstore in 1870 and just 146 years later, our town’s best indie bookstore is back with bestsellers, hard-to-find books, and a speaker series.
galleries are open when classes are in session.
MUSIC Beach Music Hall (120 E 12th Ave.) was originally constructed in 1926. Performances include symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, community chorus and more. Go to visitemporia.com for a calender of events.
happening at KFA!”