As summer draws to a close, several new exhibits are opening for the first Friday in September in downtown Phoenix.

New City Studio is back in the mix after being closed all summer. His most recent exhibition is “Embracing My Wildlife”, featuring vividly colored paintings of animals and nature.

“Everyday MEMEing” at Modified Arts puts a modern twist on art with its meme-inspired works.

In addition to the new shows, this is the last first Friday you can see “Desert Rider.” The colorful lowrider exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum closes mid-month.

Here’s your guide to the best things to see on the first Friday of September 2 in Phoenix.

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Heard Museum: books and bingo

Match the boxes on your bingo card with artwork in the Heard Museum exhibits. Prizes will be available for the winners. Plus, all books in the Heard Museum’s Books & More store will be on sale for 20% off.

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

Five15Arts: ‘Prints of Men’

Phoenix artist Harold Lohner will show “Prints of Men”, his monoprints – unique handmade prints – on materials such as paper, fabric and leather. Expect big, bold designs of male faces and figures with vivid colors and patterns.

Details: Open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday. Five15Arts @ Chartreuse, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-859-0247,

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Phoenix Art Museum: “Desert Rider”

“Desert Rider” explores lowrider culture in the Southwest through installations, prints, and large-scale sculptures by Latino and Indigenous artists, including Caro Romero, Douglas Miles, Margarita Cabrera, and Liz Cohen.

It’s your last first Friday to see “Desert Rider” – it closes September 18th.

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

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Hazel & Violet Letterpress: Print a poster

You can print a free poster at Hazel & Violet Letterpress, which is open from 5 p.m. to 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,

New City Studio: “Kiss My Wildlife”

Phoenix artist Gabby Avalos will present her new exhibition, “Embracing My Wildlife”, with pieces dedicated to the “blessing of being alive”. From landscapes to animal portraits, the exhibition unites simplicity, color and ordinary moments in works worth stopping for. A reception on the first Friday is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: New City Studio, 1300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

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Altered Arts: “Everyday MEMEing”

“Everyday MEMEing” will feature over 20 artist perspectives on the memes we see all the time. Logos, emojis, signs, characters, emblematic figures, viral images, traditions and models of behavior will be on display.

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

Alwun House: artistic park

Alwun House will host more than two dozen vendors offering jewelry, clothing, artwork and handicrafts in its art park. Also on hand: Fat Boyz Tacos and Naughty Vegan. DJ Scapegoat will provide the music.

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

Olney Gallery: “Artists at the service of humanity”

“Artists Serving Humanity” represents incarcerated artists who want to give back to the community. It features works by six artists aged 18 to 81. The reception on the first Friday is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix.

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