Head to Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, or midtown if you need a good place to start the journey. You’ll find works exploring everything from water-infused landscapes to outer space. The First Friday crowds thin out a bit this time of year, as students take time off and locals head to beach or mountain escapes. There's still plenty of vibrancy, but on a more intimate scale.
We’ve chosen 10 shows to help you get a head start.
“Support: something that holds up structure”
Practical Art presents works by artist Molly Koehn, who merges sculpture, drawing, and fibers in works exploring interconnections between humans and nature – prompting reflection on the question of what (or who) is supporting what. First Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m.
“Nature of the Notion”
Chartreuse is showing works by Thuong Nguyen, a Vietnam-born artist who moved to Arizona as a refugee in 1975. Visitors can explore Nguyen's works inspired by Asian landscape black ink brush paintings, the teachings of Zen Buddhist philosophy, and the beauty of the desert wilderness. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m.
“Five15 to the Fifth”
Five15 Arts, an artist collective in Roosevelt Row, is showing works by artists invited to participate by collective members – including Christine Cassano, Jeff Reich, Nick Shindell, and Farraday Newsome. Gallery goers can check out 12-inch square works in media including sculpture, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and mixed media. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m.
"Space & Sci Fi”
180 Degrees Automotive, located at 545 West Mariposa Street, presents a nostalgic look at the Apollo space mission, plus science fiction and monster movies, as recalled by Manny Burruel from his own childhood. Burruel is showing mono-silkscreen prints, made by painting an image onto a mesh screen then transferring the image to paper using a squeegee. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m.
“Seeing Arizona: Independents’ Week”
Modified Arts, the gallery space that’s also home to Local First Arizona, presents a trio of Arizona artists – including Rossitza Todorova, Laura Spalding Best, and Alexandra Bowers. Each explores different aspects of natural and urban desert settings, but using difference media from wood burning to painting on metal surfaces. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m.