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.
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 ...
(A Few) on the Map
If you're serious about studying contemporary art in Phoenix or just seriously looking to have a good time with a collection of insanely talented local artists, Chaos Theory is annual one-night show to do both.
The show, organized by the Legend City Studios crew (Randy Slack and Brandon Sullivan), will feature artwork by more than 50 local artists, all installed in 24 hours. And it'll all come down in the morning. The artist list is entirely too long to post in this field guide, so check out the flier for more information
. The show starts at 6 p.m. at Legend City, 521 W Van Buren.
There will certainly be no failure in entertainment at monOrchid tonight.
Local designers Mark Dudlik and Safwat Saleem and artists Jon Garza and Sebastien Millon will host a four-man show of completely unrelated artwork. Dudlik will display work from his Pen & Pandas project, what he describes as "the many ways one can draw a panda and still not really capture the adorableness of the world's greatest argument against evolution."
Saleem presents the finale to his "OH SHIT" that "captures the feeling of dread when you know you're fucked as you stare into the dark eyes of death ... or when you realize you don't have any clean underwear right before an important meeting."Garza's showing his artwork, self-described as "typography, bright ass color palettes, and shitty scrap wood." Millon, of course, is all about his morbid bunnies and bears. The show opens at 6 p.m. at monOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt.
Caminos de la Muerte kicks off the yearly Day of the Dead festival, complete with art, ofrendas, nichos, altars, and installations curated by Marco Albaran and Ruben Galicia.
The show opens at 6 p.m. at Bragg's Pie, 1301 NW Grand Ave.
Other Useful Information:
- The Red Bull skateboard fest kicks off tonight on Roosevelt Row. Get there early if you expect to park. Better yet, walk.
- The Phoenix Art Museum has great parking (and great art, go figure), and is back as one of the stops for the First Friday Trolley. 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 13th limited-edition jackalope sticker, designed by Cody McAfee
, will be making its debut tonight! (Find a few at each location on the map.)