7 Must-See First Friday Art Shows in Phoenix on May 1

Getting a heads up on the art scene with a piece by John Tuomisto-Bell.
Getting a heads up on the art scene with a piece by John Tuomisto-Bell.
John Tuomisto-Bell

From flamenco dance to steampunk art, you've got plenty of good choices for First Friday in May. Several venues are mixing it up with visual and performance art. Here are seven exhibitions and events not to miss.

See also: Cinco de Mayo Guide 2015

"Realizations"

MFA students at ASU continue to be at the center of intriguing exhibitions around town. This time, they're showing work at Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery in a group show curated by Gregory Simoncic. Participating artists include AJ Nafziger, Rachel Goodwin, Jessica Palomo, Dani Godreau, John Tuomisto-Bell, Zachary Valent, Ashley Czajkowski, and Cecily Culver.

Exhibited works will include Palomo's Characters of Disease orbs made with animal intestines on wire frames, and wax head by Tuomisto-Bell like those he created for an IN FLUX Cycle 5 public art installation titled A Little Slice of Heaven. Other media represented in the exhibition include artificial grass, steel, hemp fiber, newspaper, concrete, rubber, wood, water, liquid graphite, Mylar, and many more. Friday's opening reception takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Frontal Lobe Facebook page.

Expect all things flamenco during First Friday at the Icehouse.
Expect all things flamenco during First Friday at the Icehouse.
Courtesy of Davisson Entertainment

Upcoming Events

PHXFLAMEnco: Part Uno

The latest mash-up of visual and performance art to hit the Icehouse features flamenco dance, music, works by local artists, food, and more. Participating artists include Yumi La Rosa, Carlos Montafour, Chris and Lena Jacome, and many more.The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Find more information on the Facebook event page.



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