The first Friday in August is almost here and there are a few things you might not want to miss.

Check out the award-winning jewelry from Coe House for Ardapony Squared’s latest piece. Or head to the First Studio Gallery’s ‘Summer Blend’, where you can savor some of the last moments of summer through the gallery’s display case of several fresh and vibrant artistic styles.

If you’re feeling creative, you can make your own poster for free at Hazel & Violet’s Letterpress. And, if you want to browse a gallery of familiar faces – and maybe a few unfamiliar – stop by Abe Zucca’s portrait gallery, “56 portraits (actually 72)”.

The Phoenix Children’s Museum, the Phoenix Museum of Art, and the Heard Museum will all offer free admission.

Be sure to plan ahead and check mask policies, as many galleries and museums have different guidelines.

“Freedom must be lived: America by Marion Palfi, 1940-1978” at the Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum.

“Freedom must be lived: America by Marion Palfi, 1940-1978” is the latest exhibition from the Phoenix Art Museum which tells the story of Marion Palfi. Palfi visually documented 20th century American injustice.

Visitors can browse over 100 photographic prints as well as photo books, magazines and research journals, all from the Center for Creative Photography’s Marion Palfi Archives. Many of these documents have never been exhibited or published.

Customers can also stop by another exhibition, “Fearless Fashion”, which features 1960s fashion designs by designer Rudi Gernreich.

Free entry hours for the first Friday are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The “Fearless Fashion” exhibit requires an admission fee of $ 5.

Details: Phoenix Museum of Art, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880.

” XSCAPE: Landscapes, Cityscapes and Mindscapes’ at Found: RE Phoenix Hotel

“XSCAPE: Landscapes, Cityscapes and Mindscapes” will feature the works of 64 Arizona artists, all exploring and depicting several different landscapes. For the first Friday of this month, visitors can watch a live art performance by Arizona artist Keely Finucane at the FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel. FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel will host a live art performance by Arizona artist Keely Finucane. Finucane, who specializes in oil painting, will create a hyperrealistic portrait titled “Honey Girl” – it will be available from 7pm to 11pm near the hotel reception.

“Fire / Earth: A Metal and Fiber Landscape Show” will also be available until 10 p.m. at FOUND: RE Contemporary off Portland Street.

Details: FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave. 602-875-8000,

“Things We Carry” at the Lisa Sette Gallery

This exhibition continues at the Lisa Sette Gallery with the works of Merryn Omotayo Alaka, Sam Fresquez and Angela Ellsworth. It highlights the complex beauty of identity and culture. Their great works take up physical space to show how resisting claiming her identity in the public sphere can be for women and people of color, but will not shrink to fit any mold.

Their selection of works will be on display at the Lisa Sette gallery until September 21. Regular hours returned to the Lisa Sette Gallery after the COVID-19 pandemic caused restrictions. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Lisa Sette Gallery, 210 East Catalina Drive. 480-990-7342,

Free entry to the Phoenix Children’s Museum

Take your kids to the museum’s latest exhibit “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit”, which allows children to explore an interactive exhibit where they can create works of art using the Eric Carle’s techniques, weave their own spider web and complete an obstacle course in the “Very Clumsy Click Beetle game landscape”. The exhibition will be available until September 6.

Masks are mandatory for all clients aged 2 and over, regardless of their immunization status. The first Friday at the museum will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 6.

Details: Phoenix Children’s Museum, 215 N. Seventh St, Phoenix, 602-253-0501,

Megan Driving Hawk ‘The First Year’ at Eye Lounge

Megan Driving Hawk’s new collection, “The First Year,” includes photographs, beaded emblems and poetry. Focusing on her healing journey in the midst of mothering, Hawk – who is not only an artist, but also a mother and teacher – uses these three bodies of work to show how everyday decisions can heal both. the past and the future. Each creative practice – Simultaneous Memories, Whispers, and Begging Poetry – invites visitors to get a glimpse of its healing journey.

The first Friday event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: Eye Lounge, 419 E. Roosevelt St. 602-430-1490,

Free entry to the Heard Museum

The Heard Museum.

Stop by the Heard Museum to see their current exhibitions, including “Small Wonders”, “All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving” and “Larger than Memory: A Digital Experience”, an exhibition showcasing two decades of works by art across the United States. States and Canada.

Entrance to the museum is free on the first Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. 602-252-8840,

Samuel Mayo and Jody Mills jewelry at Ardapony Squared

Award-winning artisans Samuel Mayo and Jody Mills will showcase handcrafted handcrafted jewelry at this event. The two have been designing jewelry together since 2019 and launched their business in 2020. Since their collaboration, their work has been featured in three issues of Vogue UK and 12 models have paraded their designs at the TGL On Central Fashion and Art Show 2021. in March.

Wonder Wendy Ferrell, who sits on the Arizona Costume Institute board of directors, will model the artists’ new pieces.

Costume, trendy and personalized jewelry will all be available for sale at Coe House, where they have resided since early April. The activities of the first Friday take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Details: Coe House, 365 N. Fourth Ave. 602-329-1925,

Print a poster at Hazel & Violet letterpress

Print a free poster on Grand Avenue at Hazel & Violet Letterpress. The store also has cards, coasters, calendars, and stationery available for purchase.

The first Friday event will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: Hazel & Violet Letterpress, 1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix. 480-544-2162,

‘Plus One: A Group Exhibition’ at Five15Arts

Each member of this collective has invited a non-member for this show. Guest artists include Christine Cassano, McKenna Connelly, Monica-Gisel Crespo, Bob Diercksmeier, Jeff Falk, Aileen Frick, Kimberly Harris, Farraday Newsome, Aimee Ollinger, Ann Osgood, Richard Pomraning and Lorraine Shwer.

The gallery is open Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment (call 602-859-0247). Masks are compulsory.

Details: Five15Arts @ Chartreuse, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-717-1194.

First Studio gallery to present ‘Summer Blend’

Come to First Studio Gallery for their new exhibition, “Summer Blend,” which features the work of four artists: John David Yanke, Barbara Bagan, Kyllan Maney and Cindy Schnackle. ‘Summer Blend’ showcases abstract art through bright, playful, soft and serene tones. Sculptures, paintings and cold wax are some of the artistic styles you will see.

The first Friday event is 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors can visit the gallery Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a self-guided tour.

Details: First Studio Gallery, 631 N. First Ave., Phoenix, 602-957-7760,

’56 Portraits (actually 72) ‘by Abe Zucca

Phoenix artist Abe Zucca will present 72 portraits of all kinds of people. Politicians, celebrities, athletes – and even “people”, according to the artist’s event poster – will be on hand. It’s a chance to see familiar faces – and to see new people who may have once been strangers.

The first Friday event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: Abe Zucca Gallery, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-386-6319,

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