Here's the Best Art We Saw During April's First Friday in Downtown Phoenix

Works by the Fortoul Brothers shown at their 40 Owls pop-up gallery.EXPAND
Works by the Fortoul Brothers shown at their 40 Owls pop-up gallery.
Lynn Trimble

April's First Friday in Phoenix was bustling as people descended on downtown to check out the latest Fortoul Brothers show in their 40 Owls pop-up gallery, hit a MOD-AZ show at Chartreuse that helped to usher in Modern Phoenix Week, and explore shoes decked out in everything from rhinestones to candy for the "Inspired Soles" show at Bentley Projects's Warehouse215 special events space.  

Roosevelt Row visitors saw a mini-makeover that includes wider sidewalks near the shipping container galleries, which offer more space for live performances and art-making activities. In the warehouse district, the studios of several artists were open in a building near Bentley Gallery. And on Grand Avenue, we spotted a Jeff Slim mural with a literary theme at Palabras bookstore

Phoenix debuted a new work of temporary public art called The Installation, which featured city scenes and landscapes that change in response to viewer movements, at the A.E. England building in Civic Space Park. And there was also an exciting variety of art, with local artists showing photography, mixed media, pantings, sculpture, and drawings. These are several of our favorites.

Work by Dewey Nelson featured by Artelshow at Public Image in Roosevelt Row.EXPAND
Work by Dewey Nelson featured by Artelshow at Public Image in Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble

Urban landscape
Dewey Nelson works presented by Artelshow at Public Image included this piece showing the juxtaposition of wildlife and urban life, but also several large-scale symmetrical geometric pieces.

James Angel work featured in "Subsystems" at Modified Arts.EXPAND
James Angel work featured in "Subsystems" at Modified Arts.
Lynn Trimble

Art adaptations
Works by James Angel exhibited at Modified Arts prompted reflection on adaptive and non-adaptive systems within individuals, societies, the known natural world, and the greater universe. 

Work by Colin Chillag from a solo exhibition at The Chocolate Factory.EXPAND
Work by Colin Chillag from a solo exhibition at The Chocolate Factory.
Lynn Trimble

Desert wasteland
For a solo exhibition at The Chocolate Factory on Grand Avenue, Colin Chillag showed not only distressed and disappearing landscapes, but also imaginary worlds populated by an odd assortment of creatures and objects.

Work (detail) by Davo Laninga featured in @Central Gallery at the Burton Barr Central Library.EXPAND
Work (detail) by Davo Laninga featured in @Central Gallery at the Burton Barr Central Library.
Lynn Trimble

Light show
Photographs by Davo Laninga captured the beauty of desert storms inside Burton Barr Central Library's @Central Gallery.


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