11 Free Art Shows to See in Downtown Phoenix on First Friday, October 2

Detail of Randy Slack's invitation for "Chaos Theory 16" at Legend City Studios.
Detail of Randy Slack's invitation for "Chaos Theory 16" at Legend City Studios.
Randy Slack

There’s plenty to see in and around downtown Phoenix during this month’s First Friday, which promises everything from monsters to robots exhibited in venues including a former warehouse and a performing arts center. A couple of exhibitions open at 5:30 p.m., so it’s a good night to get an early start on First Friday, which lots of gallery-goers will cap off with a late-night visit to Legend City Studios for a little "sweet 16" time with Randy Slack's "Chaos Theory."

"Chaos Theory"
Phoenix artist Randy Slack delivers his 16th annual "Chaos Theory" invitational exhibition, featuring video installation, paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and more by some of the best-known artists around these parts — including Steve Yazzie, Carolyn Lavender, Jeff Falk, and Annie Lopez. He'll fill Legend City Studios with 70 works for a single night in what many would argue is one of Phoenix's most anticipated shows. Expect new works by Rachel Bess, Larry Madigral, Lori Fenn, Peter Diese, and Kendra Sollars and Lauren Strohacker — and the first "Chaos Theory" showing ever by the Fortoul Brothers. After nearly a decade since their last "Chaos Thoery" showing, Mayme Kratz and Sue Chenoweth will also have pieces in this year's exhibition. Slack's own piece for "Chaos Theory" brings enamel and acrylic to three canvas panels bearing "tons of gold leaf shine." The exhibition, which will be accompanied by fashion as well as musical performance by Somber Sides and Heartless Bartons, runs Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight. Find more information on Randy Slack's Facebook page.

Work by Cheryl Marine featured in "Then, After a Lime Lollypop" at Chartreuse.
Work by Cheryl Marine featured in "Then, After a Lime Lollypop" at Chartreuse.
Courtesy of Nancy Hill

"Then, After a Lime Lollipop"
Nancy Hill curates her latest exhibition for Chartreuse, which features paintings and mixed-media collages by Cheryl Marine, a former member of the Eye Lounge artist cooperative. Marine's works explore human existence, considering human relationships with one another and with their environments. Friday's opening reception takes places from 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Chartreuse Facebook page.

Work by Richard Kelly featured in the "Monster Exhibit" at Alwun House.
Work by Richard Kelly featured in the "Monster Exhibit" at Alwun House.
Courtesy of Alwun House

"Monster Exhibit"
Those who like to stretch their Halloween experience from one night to a whole freaking month can get it done by starting at the Alwun House, where this Friday's opening for a group show with a monster theme will include not just art, but also mod zombies, refreshments, and hijinks. Expect dark humor, creatures, villains, and proof that last week’s “Francis effect” is already long gone. First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Alwun House website.

Work by Jordan Thomas featured in "Curious Oddities" at Practical Art.
Work by Jordan Thomas featured in "Curious Oddities" at Practical Art.
Courtesy of Jordan Thomas

"Curious Oddities"
Robots will be in the house as Phoenix assemblage sculptor Jordan-Alexander Thomas brings his creations made with up-cycled materials and wood to Practical Art. The artist reception for Thomas’ solo exhibition takes place this Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Practical Art website.

Work by Krista Elrick featured in "Nascent Site: Sight" at ASU Northlight Gallery.
Work by Krista Elrick featured in "Nascent Site: Sight" at ASU Northlight Gallery.
Courtesy of ASU Northlight Gallery

"Nascent Site: Sight"
See photographic works by ASU photography alumni in this inaugural exhibition in the new location for ASU’s Northlight Gallery, which is situated inside the Grant Street Studios former warehouse that’s also home to ASU’s Step Gallery. This Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Northlight Gallery presents an artist talk featuring David Emitt Adams, Krista Elrick, and Claire Warden — who will discuss the body of work that their images in this show represent. Find more information on the ASU Northlight Gallery website.
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Artist Averian Chee with a planter he painted in downtown Phoenix.
Artist Averian Chee with a planter he painted in downtown Phoenix.
Courtesy of Downtown Artists Collective

Averian Chee
Hit DeSoto Central Market this Friday to explore works by Averian Chee in a solo show curated by Philip Talarico of Downtown Artists Collective (he also curated an Abe Zucca show you can see from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fair Trade Café). Chee creates landscapes and portraits in a variety of styles, using a wide range of media including acrylic, oil, pastels, charcoal, aerosol, watercolor, pen/ink, and more. Find more information on the DeSoto Central Market website.

Work by Janice Dahl featured in the "Seasons and Cycles" exhibition.
Work by Janice Dahl featured in the "Seasons and Cycles" exhibition.
Herberger Theater Art Gallery

"Seasons and Cycles"
Meet the artists during the opening reception for this group exhibition at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery, which was curated by Georgia Michalicek. The opening reception this Friday takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. — and includes music/painting by Tempe artist Oliverio Balcells. There’s even a no-host bar adjacent to the gallery. Find more information on the Herberger Theater Center website.

Work by Narcissa Segura featured in the "Seven" exhibition at The Lab Pop-Up Gallery.EXPAND
Work by Narcissa Segura featured in the "Seven" exhibition at The Lab Pop-Up Gallery.
Courtesy of The Lab Pop-Up Gallery

"Seven"
Explore an eclectic collection of works by seven women artists at The Lab Pop-Up Gallery. These artists work in photography, jewelry design, embroidery, mixed media, painting, and woodworking with reclaimed materials. Featured artists — including Robyn Rose, Sally Sinor, Narcissa Segura, Kelsey Jones, Nicky Hedayatzadeh, IZ Word, and Monica Robles — were asked to create works reflecting their unique artistic voice and visual identity. First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m., and the evening also includes music by M. Rocka. Find more information on The Lab Pop-Up Gallery website.

Work by Teresa Munoz featured in "Seven" at Xico Galeria.
Work by Teresa Munoz featured in "Seven" at Xico Galeria.
Courtesy of Xico Arte y Cultura

"Phoenix Rising"
Enjoy works by fourteen women artists featured in the group show "Phoenix Rising: The Emergence of the Latina Artists" at Xico Galeria, where festivities include light refreshments. Featured artists include Denise Amaya, Elena Beltran, Christina Cardenas, Emily Costello, Irene Torres-Felix, Emma Garcia, Norma Garcia-Torres, Maria Kane, Annie Lopez, Tiffany Mayorga, Teresa Muñoz, Azalea Rodriguez, Mary Ann Rodriguez-Veatch, Patricia Silva, and Veronica Verdugo. The artist reception this Friday takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find more information in the Xico Arte y Cultura website

Works by Robert Gentile featured in "Paradigm Shift" at Shade Gallery.
Works by Robert Gentile featured in "Paradigm Shift" at Shade Gallery.
Courtesy of monOrchid Gallery

"Paradigm Shift"
Head to monOrchid’s Shade Gallery to see a solo exhibition of works by Robert Gentile if you’re into mixed media with a street art vibe. Gentile uses diverse media including acrylic paint, markers, pastels, and spray paint to create pieces exude his passion for graffiti culture. Gentile will attend the opening reception this Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the monOrchid website.

Works by Francisco Dominguez previously exhibited at Oasis on Grand.
Works by Francisco Dominguez previously exhibited at Oasis on Grand.
Courtesy of Grand Avenue Artist Collective

Grand Avenue Artist Collective
Several artists who’ve formed an arts collective will be showing and selling works in diverse media at the industrial-style gallery space located at the Oasis on Grand. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Oasis on Grand website

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Practical Art

5070 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-264-1414

www.practical-art.com

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Grant Street Studios

605 E. Grant St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

art.asu.edu

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Fair Trade Cafe

1020 N. First Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-354-8150

www.azfairtrade.com

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DeSoto Central Market

915 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

www.desotocentralmarket.com

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Monorchid

214 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-253-0339

www.monorchid.com

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Xico Arte y Cultura

1008 E. Buckeye Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

480-833-5875

xicoinc.org

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Herberger Theater Center Steele Pavilion Art Gallery

222 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-254-7399

www.herbergertheater.org

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The Lab Pop-Up Gallery
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Alwun House Gallery & Gardens

1204 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

602-253-7887

www.alwunhouse.org

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Chartreuse

1301 Grand Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Legend City Studios
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Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-257-1222

www.phxart.org


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