Make the most of the nicest weather of the year and take advantage of the first Friday of February events in downtown Phoenix.
Those in the mood for a stroll can head to Roosevelt Row for the pop-up market at the Welcome Center on Second and Fifth Streets. The market will run from 6pm to 10pm with live music and over 75 vendors to headline the evening.
Museums like the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum will offer free admission (or voluntary donation) to current exhibitions, including PAM’s new exhibition “Farewell Photography: The Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs, 1961-1989” and “Remembering the Future” at the Heard. “Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s” will also be on display with more than 80 paper fashion pieces from the 60s.
Those looking for original art can stop by Wayward Taphouse for a drink and dance to live music. Other highlights include “Me Loving You / You Loving Me” by Mikey Foster Estes at the Eye Lounge and nature paintings by longtime Phoenix artist Marissa Vidrio at Five15Arts.
Pictures from the first Friday of December:The scene on Roosevelt Row in December 2021
“Generous Nature” by Marissa Vidrio at Five15Arts
In a mix of painting, printmaking and embroidery, longtime Phoenix resident and artist Marissa Vidrio will present a collection of colorful monochrome screen prints, embellished with needles and threads. Each mixed media work invites the art lover into scenes of the natural world – each colored with detail and dimension.
The exhibition will open on February 4. The gallery will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Details: Five15Arts Collective, 1301 NW Grand Ave #2b, Phoenix. 602-717-1194, www.five15arts.com.
Tara Sharpe at Sisao Gallery
Head to the Sisao Gallery for an exhibition of expressionist paintings by Phoenix artist Tara Sharpe. The paintings will feature themes of transformation, transcendence and beauty as well as pervasive mythical themes.
The gallery will be open February 4-18, with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. on February 4.
Details: Sisao Gallery, 1501 Grand Avenue. Phoenix. 516-603-1930, www.facebook.com/sisaogalleryphx.
Hawk Salvage vintage items and oddities at Wayward Taphouse
Stop by the Wayward on the first Friday to see early 1900s woodcuts from Hawk Salvage, a longtime favorite antique store on Grand Avenue. The woodcuts were made by various European artists, most between 1900 and 1920. There will also be molds of antique dolls and other oddities on display. Plus, admire the paintings and work of local artist Sebastian Tinajero.
The first Friday event will run from noon to midnight. There will be a DJ from 7 a.m. to midnight, as well as artists painting on the back patio. There will also be a Bucky Burgers food truck.
Details: The Wayward Taphouse, 1028 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-671-7900, thewaywardaz.com.
‘I love you / You love me’ at the Eye Lounge
Artist Mikey Foster Estes will present his photographs at the Eye Lounge from January 21 to February 13. The artist will be exhibiting his first-ever 16mm black and white film in addition to new and revisited photographic works, all of which tell the story of Estes’ relationship with their late parents and the family home.
Eye Lounge will be open on the first Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Details: eye salon, 419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-430-1490, eyelounge.com.
“Remembering the Future” at the Heard Museum
The Heard Museum’s new exhibit features paintings and sculptures by Native American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. Other exhibits include “Toward the Morning Sun: Navajo Pictorial Textiles from the Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette Collection” and a new permanent special installation featuring the work of artist Steven Paul Judd. First Friday hours are 4-8 p.m.
Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8840, heard.org.
Print a poster at Hazel & Violet Letterpress
Print a free poster on Grand Avenue at Hazel & Violet Letterpress, open 5-10 p.m. on the first Friday. The store also has cards, coasters, calendars, and stationery available for purchase.
Details: Hazel & Violet Letterpress, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 480-544-2162, hazelandviolet.com.
Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs at the Phoenix Art Museum
This exhibition features the works of post-World War II Japanese photographers, including Daidō Moriyama, Masahisa Fukase, Miyako Ishiuchi, and Eikoh Hosoe. The aesthetic? A high caliber grainy, rough and blurry photograph that is a total departure from photography of the time. The exhibition presents 87 works from Japanese projects from 1961 to 1989.
“Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West” will also be open to the public until March 22, 2022. Other exhibits include “Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s” which features more than 80 pieces of dresses in preserved paper, jewelry, swimwear, handbags and more. Another includes the “Legacy of Ceylon: Art and Photography of Sri Lanka” which features over 50 objects from over 1,000 years of Sri Lankan artwork.
Free admission hours for the first Friday are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.
Details: Phoenix Museum of Art, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880, phxart.org.
‘Less is more: An exhibition on minimalism’ at Found:RE
“Less is More: A Minimalism Exhibition” will feature artists Lucas Knowles and Mary Meyer presenting an exhibition of contemporary art. A mix of simple line art and monochromatic palettes on a tiered surface, Knowles and Meyer present simple, minimalist artwork stripped to its bare minimum.
The exhibition will run from February 4 to March 26. “Less is More” will open alongside “FOCAL POINTS: Minimal VS Maximal,” featuring the work of 79 Arizona artists exploring both minimalist and maximalist art forms. “FOCAL POINTS” will be open until March 26, 2022.
While at FOUND:RE, guests can stop by the urban primitive series “See—Hear—Sing—Fly” by artist Tempe Joan Waters. The poolside installation reinvents satellite dishes in a four-part work that explores the power of nature in technology.
The opening reception on February 4 will be from 6 to 9 p.m.
Details: FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-875-8000, foundrehotels.com/contemporary.
‘BLCK’ at New City Studio
In a mix of photography, painting, and digital illustration, New City Studios presents “BLCK,” which will feature more than a dozen black artists from across the valley. From celebrity portraits to oil and spray paintings, the exhibit seeks to honor the past, explore the present, and celebrate the future of African American art and experiences, according to the New Instagram post. City. Local artists include Alison Auditore, Marva Harris, Sarah Clayborn, Brenton Rhodes, Jalila Jones, Ali Thompson, Joel Maduro, Kat Davis, Diamin Nicole, Anthony Jackson, Paige Sinclair, Stephen Marc, Robert Jackson, Aaron Allen Marner and Shaun Horne.
The exhibition will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 4 and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday until February 20.
Details: New City Studio, 1300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. www.newcitystudio.org.
“First Friday with a Kink” at Alwun House
A prequel to Alwun House’s exotic art exhibit, Alwun House will premiere Friday with a Fold. It’s an adult-themed party, with more than a dozen performers selling fetish artwork, jewelry, ropes, whips, paddles, toys, and clothing. In addition, adult beverages will be available. Trio Salado will play contemporary jazz, with the Island Boyz Jerk Spot food truck offering a menu of jerk chicken, beef or shrimp. The first Friday event will run from 6-10 p.m.
Details: Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-253-7887, alwunhouse.org.
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