Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

If Bob Ross were alive today, he'd be painting happy little trees all over the place in ecstatic fervor for all the arts and culture happenings in Phoenix. To help you see the forest for the trees, here's a recap of the top arts and culture stories of the week.

Artlink Announces Dates and Application Deadlines for Art Detour 25 in Downtown Phoenix

Buckle up, Phoenix art community: Art Detour will return in March for its 25th annual event in downtown Phoenix and applications for artists and galleries are now available online.

The weekend event, officially organized by Downtown non-profit Artlink, includes two days of studio tours and gallery openings on March 2 and 3. Traditionally, the event is a chance for local artists to show the public what they've been working on and hopefully reach a wider audience than the monthly First or Third Fridays.

According to Artlink, the event will kick off with a Silver Gala on February 23 and a "Pre-Detour First Friday" on March 1. On March 2 and 3, attendees are encouraged to sign up for free artist- and docent-lead tours through galleries and studios as well as follow self-guided tours and hop on shuttles that circle Downtown, making stops along Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and more.

Find out more details on the 25th annual Art Detour.

--Claire Lawton

Tempe Museum of Contemporary Art Presents Its First Exhibition Grand Total for January's Final Friday

After existing in the purely conceptual realm, the Tempe Museum of Contemporary Art will officially open its doors for the first time this month.

Co-founder Christian Filardo originally used the name for his home and workspace where he runs the record label Holy Page. From there, the idea grew into a theoretical museum complete with a phony Facebook page.

"I sort of set it up as a fake museum that would appeal to the public and act as a space that could exist but wasn't really accessible" says Filardo.

But thanks to SMoCA's GOOD 'N PLENTY grant, the Tempe Museum of Contemporary Art is accessible now.

Read more about the Tempe Museum of Contemporary Art.

--Katrina Montgomery

Top Five Phoenix Arts and Culture Stories of the Week

Tempe's Four Peaks Brewing Company Wants Your Beer Can Art

Time to grab a few (empty) cans, scissors, and a pair of gloves -- Tempe's Four Peaks Brewing Company is hosting a Beer Can Masterpiece contest this month and it's looking for entries.

Prizes include gift cards, gallery space, and Four Peaks fame ... But let's be honest, we're all interested in the beer.

The brewery will be giving out "starter kits" with empty cans at the new taproom at 2401 South Wilson from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday - Friday through January 25. Creations (Four Peaks judges say to shoot for the stars -- dragons, buildings, famous faces) can be dropped back off at the taproom by Monday, February 4.

Oh, and you better believe Jackalope Ranch is tossing its own can into the race. More contest info here.

--Claire Lawton

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