Art Detour 2007 Listings

Art Detour is an annual event sponsored by artlink inc. The following venues are not all "official" participants in the event, so they may not be included in artlink's promotional materials. The purpose of this guide is to list as many of the art, music, shopping and dining opportunities downtown this weekend as possible. Visit for details about free shuttles.

All events take place on Friday, March 2; Saturday, March 3; and/or Sunday, March 4.


720 N. 4th St.
The bizarrely painted building owned by Scot McKenzie and Justin McBee is not only a shelter for eight different galleries and boutiques, it transmogrifies into a countercultural carnival during First Fridays,. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 6-11 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: Jason Hills Originals exhibition of prints and paintings in McKenzies Mothball gallery, Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight (with music from Death of a Dancer, Aurele, Burning the Bridge, and other local bands and DJs on the sidewalk starting at 6 p.m.); Saturday, noon-midnight (with a special gathering of Art Detour participants featuring music and performance art in the backyard starting at 9 p.m.); and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Art Awakenings
1014 N. 2nd St.
Offering a creative outlet for adults with severe psychiatric illnesses, Art Awakenings gives up studio and gallery space for their vibrant artwork. Regular Hours: First Fridays, noon-10 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, noon-5 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: New work by more than 35 resident artists displayed both inside the gallery and in the parking lot, Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Artlink Mystery Galleries
Various locations
Art Detour gets a little mysterious, as Artlink presents a series of temporary mystery galleries, which will feature a cadre of local artists at the Clarendon Hotel, 401 W. Clarendon Ave.; monOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St.; Mint, 720 N. 4th St., No. 1; and First Studio, 631 N. 1st Ave. Regular Hours: None. Art Detour: Artwork on display Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

636 E. Pierce St.
Living up to its name, photographer Dean T. Clarks good-natured gallery and performance venue offers plenty of space for local theater companies, artists, and musicians, particularly those who deserve a presence downtown, such as mixed-media painter F.X. Tobin. Regular Hours: First and Third Fridays, 6-11 p.m.; Saturdays After, noon-5 p.m.; and various times for events. Art Detour: Group exhibition of 10 childrens-storybook artists from Idle Illustration, Friday, 6-11 p.m. (with rock from Psychedelic Mooj at 10 p.m.); and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (with screenings of Protesting Wolves at 2, 3:30, and 5 p.m.).

901 N. 5th St.
Ask Chadwick Uptain about why he mostly creates darkly beautiful oil paintings and charcoal drawings of the nude female form, and the soft-spoken 29-year-old doesnt say much, preferring to let his haunting and luxurious works speak for themselves. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 5-11 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: New paintings by Uptain and woodworking sculptor Kevin Donaldson, Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

B-Side Gallery
720 N. 4th St., No. 9
Jesika Jordan (a.k.a. DJ mOshaOne) trades up Final Fridays in Tempe for First Fridays in Phoenix, lugging along the urban artwork she used to feature upstairs at her old Wet Paint store on the east side. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 6-11 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: New work by Adaupto Tato Caraveo, Chadwick Uptain, and others, Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 2 p.m.-midnight; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (with guest DJs all weekend)

The Bungalow
1103 N. 5th St.
This historic home under renovation by Cindy Dach and Greg Esser functions as a venue during Art Detour for sculptor Carolina Escobars series of color photographs of architecture and everyday life in Myanmar. Regular Hours: None. Art Detour: Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Daughters of the Frozen North
511 E. Roosevelt St.
Deb Salac creates clothing-based installations illustrating how garments define identity and sociopolitical issues, while fellow Canuck Linda Shearer-Whiting specializes in paintings of Southwestern roadside motels. Their cluttered workspace houses both artistic endeavors. Regular Hours: Occasional First Fridays, 6-10 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: New work by Salac, Shearer-Whiting, Jerry Jacobson, Lawrence McLaughlin, Mark Whiting, and others, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

The East Evergreen Home for Painters
902 N. 6th St.
Ethnic stereotypes and social issues clash in the emotionally charged figurative artwork created by 31-year-old biracial painter Michael Dixon in this retro-looking residence, which also serves as the studio of fellow painters Karolina Sussland and Peter Kuttner. Regular Hours: First and Third Fridays, 6-10 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: New paintings by Dixon, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.