It’s the first Friday again in downtown Phoenix and several galleries are open with new exhibits beginning June 3.
Roosevelt Row will feature its usual First Friday party with more than 70 art vendors, live music and food carts from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Second, Fourth and Fifth Streets, which will be closed for the festivities.
The Welcome Center’s Evolve Gallery at 918 Second Street will feature works by Milenko Mladjenovic and Shane Tucker. The Heard Museum will celebrate Pride Night with a Drag Queen show at 7 p.m. Local tattoo artist Jesus Tatzilla will showcase his art at Vertigo Gallery. And the Phoenix Art Museum‘s new “Desert Rider” exhibit will be free.
Here’s your complete guide to the events of the first Friday in June.
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‘Body Art and Image’ at Vertigo Gallery
“Body Art and Image” features the work of local tattoo artist, Jesus Tatzilla. Not just a tattoo artist, Tatzilla will feature his detailed paintings. Additionally, several sculptures will be on display that explore issues of dysphoria, disfigurement, and the pursuit of physical perfection. The first Friday runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Details: Vertigo Gallery, 852 N. Sixth Ave., Phoenix. 602-399-4540, vertigo.gallery.
“Observations” at the Olney Gallery
Artists Carrie Behrens, Fred Nack, Ry Sedrick and Dyane Welt will present a collection of drawings and watercolors during her exhibition “Observations” at the Olney Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. mediums from local artists.
Details: Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. trinitycathedral.com/olney-gallery.
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Pride evening at the Heard Museum
The Heard Museum will present its first Native Drag Show, hosted by Phoenix’s native fire queen, Pyraddiction. Other guests will include Miss New Mexico Pride 2022, Tomahawk Martini, Mx Titos Pride 2022, Te D. DeMornay, K. Yasss Savage, Ritavon DeMornay and Felix. Indigenous LGBTQ poets will begin reading their works at 6 p.m., followed by the performance at 7 p.m.
The Heard Museum offers free admission on the first Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. 602-252-8840, hear.org.
“Desert Rider” at the Phoenix Museum of Art
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 will feature 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, phxart.org.
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‘The Silence’ at the Eye Lounge
Phoenix-based artist and educator Buzzy Sullivan will present his photography project, “The Silence.” The project – which Sullivan has been working on since 2017 – will be the first in a sequence of a larger project he plans to exhibit over three years. The photos map the experience of desolation through landscape photos.
Details: Eye Salon, 419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-430-1490, eyelounge.com.
Cha Cha Teahouse
The first Friday at Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge will feature live music, live painting, tarot readings and handmade art for sale. The event will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: Cha Cha Tea Room, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix.
“Technology will save us” at Alwun House
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, alwunhouse.org.
“Talking Trash: An Unwanted Art Exhibition” at FOUND:RE Contemporary
‘Talking Trash’ A Junk Art Exhibition’ will feature environmentally conscious artwork by Arizona artists Shari Keith and Claire Ploppet Johnson, all made from found objects. In each work, the artists transform discarded materials like buttons, sunglasses, shattered mirrors and street signs into creative compositions. First Friday event runs from 6-9pm
The exhibition will be open until October 1.
Details: FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-875-8000, foundrehotels.com/contemporary.
Print a Free Poster at Hazel and Violet Letter Press on Grand
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.
“Uprooted” at Modified Arts
Modified Arts‘ new exhibition ‘Uprooted’ will feature the works of several contemporary Asian artists who reside in sacred lands Akimel O’odham, Hohokam, O’odham Jeweḍ, Tohono O’odham, Sobaipuri, Suquamish, Duwamish, Stillaguamish and Coast Salish .
Through their works, the artists will share their thoughts on life in these lands as they resist the dangers of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism and feudalism, while maintaining their cultural ties with their homelands in the Philippines, the Vietnam, China and Korea.
Details: Altered Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix. 317-755-7971, modifiedarts.org.
“Flow” by Amanda Adkin at Sisao Gallery
Throughout COVID-19, Phoenix artist Amanda Adkins has created abstract, eclectic, and watercolor paintings. Now she is showing all of her work at the Sisao gallery for a first exhibition, “Flow”. The secret recipe for the project’s success: Each painting was created out of sheer enjoyment, says Adkins. Its first Friday event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: Sisao Gallery, 1501 Grand Avenue. Phoenix. 516-603-1930, facebook.com/sisaogalleryphx.
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