Beat the heat at indoor events on the first Friday of July in downtown Phoenix.

The Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum will host free admission on Friday evening. Five15Arts will host its annual “Plus 2” exhibition, which features exhibitors chosen by the 12 gallery members. Phoenix-based artist Pete Petrisko will feature photographs of his “Shiny Happy PHX Happening” figures, which paraded through downtown Phoenix in 2014. And Alwun House will feature artwork by Michael Farmer that depicts the effects of technology.

Here’s your guide to the events of the first Friday of July.

Pete Petrisko Figures and Phoenix Landmarks

Pete Petrisko will present a series of photographs in his First Friday exhibition.

In 2014, Phoenix artist Pete Petrisko scattered nearly 100 1-inch-tall gold and silver figurines around downtown Phoenix. Now they are back. Except this time, Petrisko features photographs of the characters against the iconic “As Seen in 2014” backdrops of downtown Phoenix. The project is the culmination of an eight-year project.

See the project at Buds on Grand during the July 1 opening reception.

Details: Buds on Grand, 1301 Grand Ave. #2c, Phoenix.

The story behind:How these tiny figurines arrived in downtown Phoenix.

Five15Arts ‘Plus 2’

Five15Arts will present its annual summer show of collective and guest artists. This year’s Plus Two exhibition will showcase a wide variety of media, subjects and styles. Several works of art will be available for purchase.

Exhibitors include Bob Allen, Ron Bimrose, Kim Boege, Mark Carroll, Wade Carter, Tad DeSanto, Ed DuBrow, Daniel Friedman, Shaunté Glover, Kimberly Harris, Deb Hodder, Megan Johnson, David Knorr, Sarah Kriehn, Marlys Kubicek, Yunie LeNoue , Madeline Liu, Harold Lohner, Annie Lopez, Kell Nelson, Farraday Newsome, Elissa Nowacki, Paulette Olive, Cyd Peroni, Alexander Perry, Richard Pomraning, Daniel Prendergast, Jeff Reich, Susan Risi, Rebekah Rubalcava, Lynn Smith, Joan Thompson, Marissa Vidrio, Joan Waters, Wendy Willis and Danielle Wood.

Details: Five15Arts @ Chartreuse, 1301 Grand Avenue #2b, Phoenix. 602-228-0685,

“Reverie” at Modified Arts

Guests can view the Modified Arts exhibit

“Daydreaming,” a group show at Modified Arts, will feature artists Angela Masker, Anitah Diggs, The Lady Egg, Bre Kohlmeyer and Rema Koebel. The exhibition delves into personal and universal narratives through works that aim to answer the question: “What is the role of the subconscious?

Details: Altered Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix. 317-755-7971,

Navajo flautist Jonah Littlesunday at the Heard Museum

Beat the heat at the Heard Museum’s First Friday event, which is free from 4-8 p.m. and listen to Navajo flautist Jonah Littlesunday. Visitors can also take a “mindful walk through the gallery” to experience the museum’s latest collections from a new perspective.

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

“Desert Rider” at the Phoenix Art Museum

Desert Rider explores modes of transportation in the Southwest. Inspired by counter-cultural developments of the “Easy Rider” phenomenon of the 1960s, this exhibit showcases custom vehicles through the lens of the wide open landscapes of the Southwest.

Combining transportation, industry, landscape and identity, the exhibit features large-scale installations, prints and sculptures by Latino and Indigenous artists, including Caro Romero, Douglas Miles, Margarita Cabrera and Liz Cohen.

Details: Until September 18. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. 602-257-1880,

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‘Love don’t talk like that’ at Eye Lounge

Phoenix-based artist Shorty Greene will present his first exhibition at the Eye Lounge, which will feature multimedia collages, photography and his own collection of Polaroid postcards. All the pieces work together to produce a show highlighting the universal human experience. First Friday event runs from 6-9pm

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

“Technology will save us” at Alwun House

The Alwun House, a local arts center in Phoenix, celebrates its 50th anniversary.  The house is run by Dana Johnson, left, and her partner, Kim Moody.

Artist Michael Farmer’s new exhibition, “Technology Will Save Us All,” features more than 30 ready-to-use collages, paintings and objects. The exhibition tells the story of the relationship between technology and our society today, intertwined with visual elements from Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Taoism. The first Friday event will run from 6-10 p.m.

Details: Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-253-7887,

“Talking Trash: An Unwanted Art Exhibition” at FOUND:RE Contemporary

‘Talking Trash: A Junk Art Exhibition’ will feature environmentally conscious works by Arizona artists Shari Keith and Claire Ploppet, all made from found objects. In each piece, the artists transform discarded materials like buttons, sunglasses, shattered mirrors and street signs into creative compositions. The first Friday event runs from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will be open until October 1.

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

‘Oasis on Grand’ at Sisao Gallery

Sisao Gallery, located in the lobby of The Oasis on Grand apartment complex, will host the works of its resident artists for the first Friday. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: Sisao Gallery, 1501 Grand Avenue. Phoenix. 516-603-1930,

Hazelnut and Purple Letterpress

Hazel & Violet Letterpress invites visitors to its typography studio for tours, workshops and First Fridays.

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,

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