5 Cool Things We Saw at Phoenix's First Friday in February

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Photographs by Jim Bochenek

Jim Bochenek's photographs, taken in Arizona, and during European travels, marry simple subject matter with sophisticated technique. One of our favorites shows an old Valley Bank sign, and another shows a door bordered by cactus blanketed in snow. They're part of an exhibition called "Matter of Light" at Capture 12, which is curated by Rembrandt Quiballo and also includes photography by Robby Brown and Gene LaTour.

Mural Art by 40 Owls

There was a steady stream of First Friday participants walking from Roosevelt Row to the 40 Owls pop-up gallery space once other shows had wrapped up for the night. A the pop-up, we found a fun mix of local artists and art lovers enjoying the 40 Owls Art Lounge event, meant to celebrate the good buzz surrounding the duo's recent exhibition in the same space. This time around, they presented a reprise of several works -- including wooden figurative sculptures, mail art, and "Golden Clutch" figurines. Our favorites, not featured in the 2014 exhibition, were large scale works with a mural vibe.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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