Visual Arts

Downtown Phoenix's First Friday and Art Detour 25: An Illustrated Guide to March 1, 2, and 3

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Hints: - Art Detour is a weekend of gallery openings and studio tours. Grab a map at the venues listed above (or print your own) and buy some local art!

- Traditional hours are Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but you might want to check gallery websites and Facebook pages for specifics.

- Parking can be found on Grand Avenue, around Roosevelt Row, at the Heard Museum and Phoenix Art museum, and at the Arizona Center.

- While you're out, check out the murals and public art (marked with stars).

- Check out our latest limited-edition Jackalope Ranch sticker, by artist Melissa Sheena. Grab one at one of the galleries on our map.

- Lucky for you, most of these places are open every First Friday, Third Friday, and during the week. If you want to see more, come back!

Here are just a couple shows you can't miss:

"The Joe and Jan Show" @ 335 W. McDowell "The Joe and Jan Show" is an homage to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Governor Jan Brewer and was slated to open during the First Friday of February at Willo North. But three days before the opening, the show was canceled at the last minute by gallery owner Kristin Shears. Shears declined to comment and Pela noted that though he didn't think the cancellation was due to the show's political theme, he would find it another venue for March's First Friday and Art Detour. And that's where Ashley Harder came in.

"I'm super-excited to be working with Robrt to get the Joe and Jan show seen during Art Detour weekend and the month of March," says Harder, who owns and operates 335 Commons, a gallery/retail space at 335 West McDowell Road.

The show was inspired by a portrait of Sheriff Joe Arpaio painted by Eric Cox (which you might have spotted at this year's Chaos Theory at Legend City Studios). Pela says he began to notice artwork created by local artists in a variety of media that reflected the two infamous characters and their antics.

Pela commissioned pieces by 11 artists, including Jeff Falk, Chris Swanberg, Annie Lopez, Irma Sanchez, Kristin Bauer, Peter Bugg, Paul Wilson, Eric Cox, Melissa McGurgan, and Cuban painter Chary Castro. Pela writes that French comic artist Vincent LaRue created six color-drenched drawings, inspired by American rock concert posters of the 1960s, depicting Arpaio and Brewer in various sexual positions and Phoenix artist Todd Daniel Grossman knitted a flattering textile portrait of Brewer.

"Participating in the show just reflects my sincere desire to support and promote downtown's arts community," says Harder. "As for the political nature of the show I'll be anxious to see if Sheriff Arpaio or Governor Brewer visit the exhibit themselves."

Art + Science=Innovation @ Combine Studios Student work from Maricopa Community Colleges will be on view tonight at Combine Studios. According to gallery staff, "Science is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot, like "art", but is such a broad topic that each person can have a unique interpretation of what it means to them personally. This exhibit provides visual representations of how students view science in their own lives."

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Claire Lawton
Contact: Claire Lawton