Downtown's First Friday (June 3)

Art walks are more often about people watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. We're here to guide you through both. Presenting our very own Field Guide -- an evolving guide to art walks around town.

From time to time, we'll introduce some of our favorite spots and dish out some insider information. If you have any tips or tricks, share 'em in the comments section.

Here's a peek at our guide to Downtown's First Friday for June 3 ...

Click on the image (or right here) for a full-size version, and pick up a paper copy at a few of the galleries/coffee shops Downtown.
Click on the image (or right here) for a full-size version, and pick up a paper copy at a few of the galleries/coffee shops Downtown.
illustration by Claire Lawton

More First Friday hints and details after the jump ... 


(Just a few) On the Map: 
Sarah Hurwitz's Meat Market @ eyelounge

Sarah Hurwitz is taking orders behind the counter at "Hurwitz Meat Market", a mixed media installation, full of fantastic, Hogwarts-esque animal parts and motion graphics of hybrids. Read

more about Hurwitz's show here

. Eyelounge, at 419 E. Roosevelt, will be open at 6 p.m..

Upcoming Events

Post POP @ Icehouse
When Ceasar Chaves was de-installing the POP show at the Heard Museum, he says guests started taking pictures. Chaves wasn't paying much attention to the placement of the show's mannequins as he gathered them from the platforms or the artwork that he took down from the walls, but the pictures (later posted to Heard's website), caught the attention of Icehouse's Helen Hestenes, who thought a re-installation was in order. Pieces from POP as well as artwork by Fausto Fernandez will be on view from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Icehouse. More info here.

Melinda Bergman @ Modified Arts
"Not a cloud in the sky" is an illustrated guide, or what Bergman calls a meditation, on the ideal ... with a twist. Bergman says she started illustrating when her grandson was born; she still draws and sends him colorful scenery and whimsical creatures. Bergman's collection and installation at Modified is a bit of a twist -- empty picnic tables are scattered on deserted, pastel landscapes and wandering characters seem to always be reaching for the unattainable. Bergman's show will be the last show curated by current Modified Arts Director Kim Larkin. More info here

Safwat Saleem and Sebastien Millon @ 335
Safwat Saleem and Sebastien Millon have very different aesthetics that convey very similar messages. Saleem's known for his visual take on current politics; his "A Bunch of Crock" poked fun at campaign slogans and the general public's tendency to be spoon fed distortion. Millon's a cartoon guy. His cute polar bears and bunnies often carry knives, chain saws, and elicit drugs. The two were fast friends when they met, both visual, both sarcastic, and both wanting their audience to think a little bit harder about what's on the surface. Their show opens tonight at 335, the latest gallery on McDowell Road, at 5 p.m. More info here.

Other Useful Information:

- For some quick shopping (other than in the galleries), check out

Indie Arthouse

on Grand Ave, the

GROWop

, and

Kooky Krafts

.

-- The Phoenix Art Museum has great parking (and great art, go figure). On-street parking is limited along Roosevelt Street between First and Seventh streets (Note: meters downtown are still checked until 8 p.m.). Or if you can nab a spot, check out the free street parking on Grand Avenue ...

- If you missed it, our ninth limited-edition jackalope sticker, designed by Mark Dudlik, will be making its debut tonight! (Find a few at each location on the map.)

Happy Friday!



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