Visual Arts

7 Cool Things We Saw at Phoenix's First Friday in January

Cold weather did little to deter the party atmosphere as colorful club-style lights and music blared along Roosevelt Row during the first First Friday of the year, although things were considerably calmer in some other parts of the Phoenix arts scene. Never fear if you missed it, because most of our cool finds will still be up when Third Friday rolls around -- so you'll have another chance to check them out.

Drawings by Mary Shindell

We loved seeing drawings by Mary Shindell featured in her solo "Inflection Point" exhibition at Five15 Arts, a galley that looks deceptively unassuming from the outside but drew a steady stream of people during much of our time spent in Roosevelt Row. Often gallery visitors asked about her process in creating the four large-scale and eight small-scale works on view -- including several that reflect a series of stages in working with a digital mash-up of topography for the Estrella Mountains and the moon. Our favorite hangs in the front of the gallery, lit from below by lights that capture the shadows of gallery goers as they make their way through the space.

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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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