By New Times
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Katrina Montgomery
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Monica Alonzo
By Benjamin Leatherman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Katrina Montgomery
The Red Door
1229 Grand Ave.
The quaint gallery of Indigo Verton exudes as much character, energy, and style as the avant-garde artist does. Every month, the multitalented photographer, painter, and hatmaker organizes boisterous theme shows that are usually a collision of art, cabaret, and culture, giving her jazzy joint a Moulin Rouge feel. Regular Hours: First and Third Fridays, 7 p.m.-midnight, and by appointment. Art Detour: “Absurdism” show with paintings by Charles Sanderson, “interactive installation art” by Verton, and sideshow/absurdist entertainment all weekend, Friday, 7 p.m.-midnight (with DJ Mike at 8 p.m. and aerialist Matti Baine throughout the evening); Saturday, 1-10 p.m. (with aerialist Matti Baine, chin puppetry by Verton and others, and various musicians at 8 p.m.); and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Soul Invictus Gallery & Cabaret
1022 Grand Ave.
Frustrated with searching for an ideal outlet for their various theatrical, musical, and visual artistry, a cadre of more than 25 actors, musicians, and artists became masters of their fate and captains of their souls by founding a gallery and performance venue of their own. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 7-11 p.m.; various special events; and by appointment. Art Detour: New paintings by Riri, photography by Sheila Bocchine, an installation by Daniel Cartier, and more, Friday, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (with music from Shades of Silver at 6 p.m., and The Rhythm Dragons at 8 p.m., with no cover; followed at 10 p.m. by The Genderfuct Film Festival featuring Peaches Christ and music by The Pubes, with $20 admission); Saturday, noon-2 a.m. (with music by Sister Cities at 6 p.m.; Paisley Yanklovich at 7 p.m.; and The Rebel Set at 8 p.m. with no cover; followed at 10 p.m. by The Genderfuct Film Festival featuring music by Brian Grillo, The Insignificant Others, and Daniel Cartier with $20 admission); and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (with Sarah Styles & The Brotherhood of the Blues at 2 p.m., and The Hardways at 5 p.m.).
Stop N’ Look
1025 Grand Ave.
You’ll probably wanna be on foot when surveying the storefront exhibit along Grand Avenue which hosts bimonthly exhibitions on display 24-7 unless you’d rather risk a traffic accident while zipping by at 35 mph. Regular Hours:Daily, 24 hours. Art Detour: The maniacal mixed-media menagerie “Twern’t no thing . . .” by ASU students Aaron Cuthbertson, Sarah Hatton, Amanda Prall, Jing Li, and Robert Berg will be on view all weekend.
915 W. Fillmore St.
Tad Smith doesn’t just visit local hardware superstores to scope out supplies to maintain his rustic gallery; he also procures materials to create his goopy, abstract mixed-media paintings, which hang alongside the punk lithographs of Gary Townswick, and other work. Regular Hours: First and Third Fridays, 6-11 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour:New work by Smith, Townswick, and 10 others, Friday, 6-10 p.m. (with rock musician TS at 7 p.m.); Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
707 N. 15th Ave.
By day, Thuong Nguyen works as a manufacturing technician for Intel, but after clocking out, the 46-year-old Vietnamese artist is in his studio, integrating his abstract style into landscape paintings, monoprints, and mixed-media works that utilize everything from old maps to airplane tickets. Regular Hours: By appointment only. Art Detour:New works, Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Studio Idylwild 1121
1121 E. Fairmount Ave.
Heston Vandercook has been creating abstract, organic cast-metal sculptures for half a decade, but his newer works embody the 37-year-old’s emotional response to a recent battle with lymphoma. Regular Hours: By appointment only. Art Detour: New and old works, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (with demonstrations both days).
919 W. Fillmore St.
Follow the luminarias up 10th Avenue and find the funky female photographic foursome Barri Chase, Tanya Held, and Melanie and Michelle Craven, who show off their snapshots and mixed-media masterpieces, as well as the works of local emerging artists. Regular Hours: First and Third Fridays, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 1-5 p.m.; and by appointment. Art Detour: Angela Franks Wells’ copperplate photogravure series “Parts and Labor,” Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
The Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
Culture both bohemian and bizarre is big at Stephanie Carrico and JRC’s gallery and performance venue. One night, it’s indie troubadours such as Porches wailing onstage with mail art lining the walls; the next, it’s body-mod artists piercing themselves while tattooed punks buy fanzines. Plus, they have coffee. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 6 p.m.-midnight; Wednesday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m.; extended hours for special events; and by appointment. Art Detour: “Do Me” group exhibition with artwork by 19-member local art cabal Collective Gesture, including work by Carrie Marill, Sue Chenoweth, Heidi Neff, and Jon Haddock, Friday, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. (with indie music by Mondegreen at 7 p.m. and Uncle Sku’s Clubhouse at 11 p.m.); Saturday, noon-10 p.m. (with Galapagos Improv at 8 p.m. and $5 admission); and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.