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5 Art Shows You Should See in Downtown Phoenix This Week

Odds are, you’ll be spending part of New Year’s Day recovering from celebrating into the wee hours the night before. But there’s some serious incentive to bounce back by nightfall, when many downtown Phoenix galleries will be open for the first First Friday of 2016. Here are five new art exhibitions to kick off the new year.

“Cats & Guitars”
Kate Benjamin, Phoenix-based founder of online cat lifestyle hub Hauspanther, is producing an exhibition she calls “the first ever art exhibit to focus exclusively on works featuring cats and guitars” at Chartreuse on Grand Avenue. The exhibition features work by more than 30 artists, many who live in the Phoenix area, others who hail from different states including New York and California, and some artists who are from Japan, Norway, and Great Britain. The show is open from 6 to 10 p.m. on First Friday, January 1. Find more information on the Chartreuse Facebook page.

“Beyond Place”
More than three dozen works by Onna Jeanna Voellmer are featured in this exhibition at monOrchid’s Shade Gallery. Voellmer’s works, which reference her time spent in nature and traveling the globe, are created using acrylic paint, graphite, colored pencils, India ink, and other media. The opening reception takes place from 6 to 10 p.m on First Friday, January 1. Find more information on the monOrchid website.

“Fresh aFlame”
{9} The Gallery opens an exhibition featuring works by Justin and Abby Queal meant to conjure fresh perspectives. First Friday hours on January 1 are 7 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the {9} The Gallery Facebook page.

"Surfaces"
Photographic works by Joseph Podlesnik — whose images capture nuances of shape, color and texture — are featured in this exhibition at the monOrchid's Bokeh Gallery. The opening reception on First Friday, January 1, takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the monOrchid website

Genevieve Reckling Solo Exhibition
Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral opens an exhibition featuring works by Genevieve Reckling, who creates oil paintings using both palette knife and brush. Reckling blends realism and abstraction to highlight the light and color within nature. The opening reception on First Friday, January 1, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Olney Gallery Facebook page.

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