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9 Cool Things We Saw During First Friday in Phoenix on May 1

May's First Friday brought some pleasant surprises, from more time with the Hot Box Gallery and Halt Gallery shipping containers before their summer hiatus to an exhibition of artwork by students at New School for the Arts and Academics . The Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market was in full swing with food trucks, merchants, and music -- and we found a cool assortment of artwork in plenty of different places.

Bright geometrics

The display wall at Practical Art was lined with works in a fun variety of shapes and sizes by Julio Cesar Rodarte, who recalls finding beauty in small things even as a young boy on his parents' farm in Zacatecas, Mexico, where he collected organic matter and drew geometric sketches. His solo exhibition "Electric Love" continues through May 31.

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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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