Your Guide to Free First Friday Art Shows This April in Downtown Phoenix

See work by Arthur Benjamins at Public Image.EXPAND
See work by Arthur Benjamins at Public Image.
Arthur Benjamins

Springtime art offerings abound in Phoenix, but downtown is the place to be on First Friday. You'll get free admission to the Heard and Phoenix Art Museum, and find a creative mix of visual and performance art at several art spaces, including Herberger Theater Center.

The night promises cattle with a creative twist at Step Gallery and the chance to buy students' art right off the walls at Alwun House. And if you head over to Puppet Pie inside Bragg's Pie Factory between 6 and 9 p.m., you can meet Stacey Gordon, the Phoenix-based puppeteer who performs the new role of Julia, a little girl with autism, on Sesame Street.

Here's a look at exhibitions happening around downtown Phoenix on April 7. We've organized them by neighborhood, with a special shout-out to must-see shows.

See work by Christopher Jagmin at Practical Art.
See work by Christopher Jagmin at Practical Art.
Christopher Jagmin/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Must-See Exhibits
“Paper + Plates”
Christopher Jagmin’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the Valley, from Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum to Scottsdale’s Canal Convergence. Jagmin works with diverse media including strips of label tape and wheatpaste. This month, you can see his drawings on paper and plates at Practical Art. First Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Get details on the Practical Art website.

Work spotted during an October 2016 studio visit with Elliott Kayser.EXPAND
Work spotted during an October 2016 studio visit with Elliott Kayser.
Elliott Kayser/Photo by Lynn Trimble

“Here, Where The World Is Made”
See works by Elliott Kayser, who explores America’s disconnect with agriculture and its impact on community health, primarily through sculptural depictions of cattle. His work exhibited at Step Gallery explores identity, vulnerability, economics, and religion. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the ASU Events website.

“Perception is Reality”
Check out works by Cheryle Marine, whose work exploring human existence addresses “the relationships we have with each other and with our environment.” First Friday hours for her exhibition at Chartreuse gallery, where you’ll also find the Hazel & Violet letterpress shop, run from 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the Chartreuse website.

See work by Kathy Taylor and Sarah Kriehn at Herberger Theater Center.EXPAND
See work by Kathy Taylor and Sarah Kriehn at Herberger Theater Center.
Kathy Taylor

“Dreaming a New World”
See monotypes, collagraphs, and mixed-media paintings by artists Kathy Taylor and Sarah Kriehn at Herberger Theater Center, where First Friday activities also include performance and visual art on the outdoor plaza. The exhibition reception takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and First Friday Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the Herberger Theater Center website.

Work by Gabriela Muñoz previously exhibited at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.EXPAND
Work by Gabriela Muñoz previously exhibited at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Gabriela Muñoz/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Gabriela Muñoz
Explore works by interdisciplinary artist Gabriela Muñoz, whose art practice focuses on social justice and her experiences as a Latina woman living in the Southwest, at Fair Trade Café. First Friday hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Learn more on the Downtown Artist Collective Facebook page.

See music-inspired works by Tato Caraveo and Rafael Navarro at The Nash.EXPAND
See music-inspired works by Tato Caraveo and Rafael Navarro at The Nash.
Tato Caraveo

Roosevelt Row
Tato Caraveo and Rafael Navarro
See music-inspired works by Tato Caraveo and Rafael Navarro at The Nash, where you can also stick around to enjoy live jazz music. First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Find details on the exhibit Facebook page.

Work by Turner G. Davis featured in "[un]restricted."EXPAND
Work by Turner G. Davis featured in "[un]restricted."
Turner G. Davis/Photo by Lynn Trimble

"[un]restricted"
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art presents works selected Darcia Mickey Canby, a participant in its emerging curator program. Canby’s exhibition, inspired in part by the Roosevelt Row shipping container where the exhibit is being shown, focuses on the idea of transcending limitations. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the phICA website.

See work by Arthur Benjamins at Public Image.EXPAND
See work by Arthur Benjamins at Public Image.
Arthur Benjamins

“Doing It My Way”
See works by Dutch-born Arthur Benjamins, an artist who relocated to Phoenix from the United Kingdom, where he was best known for photorealistic motor racing art. He’ll present a “cheeky” exhibition of artwork at Public Image this month, where First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Public Image Facebook page.

Sara Reinstein Becker and Lori Landis
Explore works by Sara Reinstein Becker and Lori Landis at Olney Gallery, located at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Reinstein uses color to create space and emotion that fosters a visual retreat from the world. Landis creates mixed media works exploring spiritual life. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find information on the Olney Gallery Facebook page.

See work by multiple artists at {9} The Gallery.EXPAND
See work by multiple artists at {9} The Gallery.
Jenny Jarnagin

Grand Avenue
“Words To Live By”
Head to {9} The Gallery to see literary-inspired works created by more than 20 Studio 6020 artists, which are meant to explore the human heart and mind. Participating artists include JoAnn Auger, Melinda Foote, Ricky Serrano, Tobi Wilkins, and Vikki Reed. Get more information on the {9} The Gallery Facebook page.

“Tar and Feather”
See new works by Lee Davis, a Phoenix artist inspired by science who seeks to make work that's both humorous and thought-provoking at Grand ArtHaus. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find details on the Grand ArtHaus Facebook page.

Works by Fred Tieken exhibited at the Icehouse gallery.EXPAND
Works by Fred Tieken exhibited at the Icehouse gallery.
Fred Tieken/Photo by Lynn Trimble

Warehouse District
“The Final Four”
Icehouse gallery is showing works by four artists, including Fred Tieken, Larry Ortega, Jayme Blue, and Joe Holdren, who work in different media ranging from painting to sculpture. For this exhibition, Ortega is showing mixed-media works that infuse natural materials with light. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Icehouse Facebook page.

"Where The Waters Cut Through"
See photographic works by Buzzy Sullivan, who explores "the intersection of family, photographic, and geologic histories." First Friday hours at Northlight Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the ASU Events website.

See works by multiple artists, including Isadora Hale, at New City Studio.EXPAND
See works by multiple artists, including Isadora Hale, at New City Studio.
Isadora Hale

Central Avenue
“Samurai”
Enjoy free admission to the Phoenix Art Museum, where the newest exhibition features samurai armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller collection. First Friday activities include dance, poetry readings, and musical performance. Get performance times and other details on the Phoenix Art Museum website.

“What’s Up World”
Explore works by multiple artists who ask viewers to look past their own experiences to “think about the bigger picture.” First Friday hours at New City Studio are 7 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the New City Studio Facebook page.

Previous ASU exhibition featuring archival materials related to Arizona's LGBTQ community.
Previous ASU exhibition featuring archival materials related to Arizona's LGBTQ community.
Lynn Trimble

"LGBTQ: Rights & Justice Arts Show"
Explore works in multiple media that reflect artistic interpretations of the struggles and accomplishments of the LGBT community, plus archival materials related to the LGBTQ community in Arizona between 1966 and 2015. First Friday hours at Burton Barr Central Library are 6 to 8 p.m., and include performances by the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus and Youth Choir, as well as a resource fair. Get details on the Alwun House website.

“The Story of Bob”
First Studio presents works by Bob (Robert) Allen and Bob S. Martin, a pair of seasoned artists who have different approaches to making work, but share a love for narrative-inspired paintings. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find details on the First Studio Facebook page.

NU Native + You: Courtyard Night
Get free admission to the Heard Museum, enjoy outdoor activities including music spun by DJs Beat Betty and Full Stop, and see a preview of the upcoming Katsina Doll Marketplace. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get more information on the Heard Museum website.

Buy student art right off the walls at Alwun House.EXPAND
Buy student art right off the walls at Alwun House.
Lynn Trimble

Other Areas
“Salon des Enfants”
Alwun House presents the latest iteration of its annual art show featuring about 300 juried artworks by local students in grades 5 through 8, who represent 16 schools and 18 teachers. First Friday’s reception includes cookies and lunch, school musical performance, and the chance to buy art right off the wall, with all proceeds going to the young artists. First Friday hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Learn more on the Alwun House website.

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Step Gallery

605 E. Grant St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

art.asu.edu/gallery/step

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Icehouse

429 W. Jackson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-257-8929

www.theicehouseaz.com

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Chartreuse

1301 Grand Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Grand ArtHaus

1501 Grand Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

www.facebook.com/grandarthaus

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The Nash

110 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-795-0464

www.thenash.org

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Herberger Theater Center Steele Pavilion Art Gallery

222 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-254-7399

www.herbergertheater.org

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Alwun House Gallery & Gardens

1204 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

602-253-7887

www.alwunhouse.org

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9 The Gallery
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Practical Art

5070 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-264-1414

www.practical-art.com

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First Studio

631 N. First Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-957-7760

www.firststudio.net

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Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-252-8848

www.heard.org

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Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-257-1222

www.phxart.org

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Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-262-4636

www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org


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