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Downtown Phoenix's First Friday and Art Detour 25: An Illustrated Guide to March 1, 2, and 3

Downtown Phoenix's Third Friday and Art Detour combined make a weekend full of local artwork. The 25-year-old event, officially organized by Artlink, will take over galleries and studios on Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row, and 16th Street (and a few in between). Here's a peek at our Field Guide for Art Detour this weekend ...

click on the image (or right here) for a full-sized version or find one in a few of the galleries and coffee shops in downtown Phoenix.EXPAND
click on the image (or right here) for a full-sized version or find one in a few of the galleries and coffee shops in downtown Phoenix.
illustration by Claire Lawton

See also: - Art Detour 24: Sure, it Was Better Than Last Year, But Artlink Still Needs to Rethink Its Relevance After 24 Years

Hints: - Art Detour is a weekend of gallery openings and studio tours. Grab a map at the venues listed above (or print your own) and buy some local art!

- Traditional hours are Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but you might want to check gallery websites and Facebook pages for specifics.

- Parking can be found on Grand Avenue, around Roosevelt Row, at the Heard Museum and Phoenix Art museum, and at the Arizona Center.

- While you're out, check out the murals and public art (marked with stars).

- Check out our latest limited-edition Jackalope Ranch sticker, by artist Melissa Sheena. Grab one at one of the galleries on our map.

- Lucky for you, most of these places are open every First Friday, Third Friday, and during the week. If you want to see more, come back!

Here are just a couple shows you can't miss:

Downtown Phoenix's First Friday and Art Detour 25: An Illustrated Guide to March 1, 2, and 3
"wicked witch of the southwest" and "welcome to Arizona" by Eric Cox

"The Joe and Jan Show" @ 335 W. McDowell "The Joe and Jan Show" is an homage to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Governor Jan Brewer and was slated to open during the First Friday of February at Willo North. But three days before the opening, the show was canceled at the last minute by gallery owner Kristin Shears. Shears declined to comment and Pela noted that though he didn't think the cancellation was due to the show's political theme, he would find it another venue for March's First Friday and Art Detour. And that's where Ashley Harder came in.

"I'm super-excited to be working with Robrt to get the Joe and Jan show seen during Art Detour weekend and the month of March," says Harder, who owns and operates 335 Commons, a gallery/retail space at 335 West McDowell Road.

The show was inspired by a portrait of Sheriff Joe Arpaio painted by Eric Cox (which you might have spotted at this year's Chaos Theory at Legend City Studios). Pela says he began to notice artwork created by local artists in a variety of media that reflected the two infamous characters and their antics.

Pela commissioned pieces by 11 artists, including Jeff Falk, Chris Swanberg, Annie Lopez, Irma Sanchez, Kristin Bauer, Peter Bugg, Paul Wilson, Eric Cox, Melissa McGurgan, and Cuban painter Chary Castro. Pela writes that French comic artist Vincent LaRue created six color-drenched drawings, inspired by American rock concert posters of the 1960s, depicting Arpaio and Brewer in various sexual positions and Phoenix artist Todd Daniel Grossman knitted a flattering textile portrait of Brewer.

"Participating in the show just reflects my sincere desire to support and promote downtown's arts community," says Harder. "As for the political nature of the show I'll be anxious to see if Sheriff Arpaio or Governor Brewer visit the exhibit themselves."

Downtown Phoenix's First Friday and Art Detour 25: An Illustrated Guide to March 1, 2, and 3
Combine Studios

Art + Science=Innovation @ Combine Studios Student work from Maricopa Community Colleges will be on view tonight at Combine Studios. According to gallery staff, "Science is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot, like "art", but is such a broad topic that each person can have a unique interpretation of what it means to them personally. This exhibit provides visual representations of how students view science in their own lives."  

Downtown Phoenix's First Friday and Art Detour 25: An Illustrated Guide to March 1, 2, and 3
Sarah Hurwitz

Sarah Hurwitz's "Everything I have ever wanted to own" @ Eye LoungeSarah Hurwitz's "Everything I have ever wanted to own" @ Eye Lounge For three years, Sarah Hurwitz has filled Eye Lounge, 419 East Roosevelt Street, with everything we have ever wanted to own. The local artist's paintings and mixed-media installations have turned the gallery into an interactive meat shop, a science lab, a jungle, and a gem show, and with her last exhibition as a member of the gallery she'll make us drool all over again.

"Everything I have ever wanted to own" is a collection of illustrations of items coveted by the Phoenix-based artist that will be on view through Art Detour 25, Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. Hurwitz will be on hand to discuss the things she'd like to own, including lawn gnomes, wish bones, parrots, and skeleton keys.

Downtown Phoenix's First Friday and Art Detour 25: An Illustrated Guide to March 1, 2, and 3
The Hive

Existence and Resistance @ The Hive Lynette Haozous, Randy Barton, Thomas Breeze Marcus, and Thomas Greyeyes come from very different arts backgrounds and media, but they all share ties to the same culture and tradition. The four Native artists discuss indigenous spiritualism, philosophy, creativity, expressionism, activism and the quest for constant growth through their work, which will be on view tonight at The Hive.

Their work addresses misperception, commoditization, and resistance of Native culture, as well as the richness of tradition and background from which each is from.

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