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Art for Fun! Studio and Gallery
2801-A N. 15th Ave.
Wanna learn how to paint without having to get an MFA? Barbara Becker offers laid-back, low-cost workshops aimed at newbies who’ve never picked up a brush before, teaching painting skills on different media, from fused glass to ceramics. Regular Hours: Various class times. Art Detour: New works by PMC artist Pam Harrison, and fused-glass work by Julie Cross, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (with artist demonstrations throughout the weekend).
ASU Downtown Galleria
502 E. Monroe St. (inside Mercado Building C)
If you’re ever passing through the second-floor hallways of the ASU Mercado Building, inspect the paintings, photographs, and other hangable work by local artists. Regular Hours:First Fridays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Art Detour: Nicole Royse’s mixed-media painting series “The Escalation of a Woman’s Life” and Lisa Collado’s mixed-media painting-and-collage series “Peace and Justice in a Complex World,” Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon.
215 E. Grant St.
The spit and polish of this gallery is more SoHo than Roosevelt Row. The cavernous complex has previously featured pieces from such internationally known artists as Gary Lang and Louise Nevelson. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Art Detour: The encaustic paintings of Mark Rediske and minimalist sculpture of John Rose are featured, along with exhibitions by painters Kathy Moss and David Kessler, Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Blue Lotus Studio
15 E. Jackson St., Ste. 201
The quirky works created by Alison Van Wyck are definitely of the Asian persuasion, as the artist incorporates Far Eastern influences, methodologies, and materials into such previous works as Nepalese thanka paintings of Buddha and yogis or sketchings on dictionary pages with Japanese sumi ink. Regular Hours: By appointment only. Art Detour: New sumi drawings and oil paintings depicting “sky flowers” by Wan Wyck and acrylic paintings and mixed-media drawings by Barbara Penn, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Brad Konick Sculpture
15 E. Jackson St., No. 209
You can see the sculpture of Brad Konick all over Arizona, be it abstract steel-and-glass public art in Tucson or the “organic meets industrial” mixed-media work at his smallish studio. He even designed a 20-foot-tall columnlike metal monolith to be built at the future light-rail stop in Mesa. Check out his studio for more. Regular Hours: By appointment only. Art Detour: New works, Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Brush off the signature-gatherers crowding the entrance of the Burton Barr Central Library and head to @Central Gallery for a free eyeful of its latest. Previous exhibitions have ranged from edgy like the abstract paintings of Anton Nowels to more populist fare, such as a Linda McCartney photographic retrospective. Regular Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Art Detour: “The Visual Text Project 3: Triptych” group exhibition, with work by 11 pairings of artists and teen writers, in @Central Gallery, and a group showcase of artwork from each “official” Artlink venue in the “Art Detour Headquarters” in the fourth-floor lecture room, Friday, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (with a bicycle tour of galleries led by artlink’s Vaiden Boyer departing from the east entrance at 1 p.m.); and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. “Kids’ Detour” in Children’s Section, Saturday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (featuring the work of children’s-book illustrator Sylvia Long).
Casey Jones Studio Space
537 W. Granada Rd.
When a recent fire gutted Casey Jones’ backyard studio and scorched his surrealist oil paintings and abstract wire art, the 31-year-old considered nixing his Art Detour appearance. But eventually he sucked it up, cleaned things up, and is exhibiting on his back patio. Regular Hours: By appointment only. Art Detour: Work on display Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cathedral Center for the Arts
100 W. Roosevelt St.
The landmark Episcopal church boasts the Olney Room Gallery, which has previously shown such secular works as the pottery of Halldor Hjalmarson. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Art Detour: “Seeking God” show with paintings by Vada Roseberry and Laura Fisher Smith, as well as Russian icons by Smith, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
215 E. Lexington Ave.
Photographer Ken McElrath likes shooting subject matter such as flowers or surfaces along Grand Avenue from extremely close range, resulting in pictures overwhelmed by color and texture. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 6-10 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Art Detour: New work by McElrath, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.