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In the mid-2000s this spot in Downtown Phoenix was the place to hear up-and-coming bands play informal front yard shows. Nowadays there's still plenty of art to be seen at Holgas Gallery but it's usually not the music genre. It's an apartment complex for the poor, starving artists types where each living space also doubles as a gallery. On First Fridays visitors can meander through the complex checking out each resident's work in a truly intimate â€“ maybe even almost too intimate â€“ setting. Though it may no be much to look at on the outside (the building was built in the 60s as a hotel) you can bet there's plenty to see withing those gray concrete walls.
Cautious art-walkers enter the studios â€” doubling as living spaces and galleries â€” to view art in a rather intimate, hands-on manner. During the mid-2000s, Holgas was the spot to check out up-and-coming bands each month in rather informal front-yard showcases. Music is less frequent here these days, but the artsy vibe is still very much alive, and encouraged. Modern in style, the 1960 commercial building meshes well with the remaining low-rise commercial rows on 3rd and 4th streets. Architecturally, it might seem rather unremarkable â€” painted concrete block, check; flat roof, indeed. The history here is less in the changes and the structural upkeep of the building itself and more in the stories of the unique times shared within its walls and around its walk-up front entrance.