Art walks are more often about people watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. We're here to guide you through both. Presenting our very own Field Guide -- an evolving guide to art walks around town.
From time to time, we'll introduce some of our favorite spots and dish out some insider information. If you have any tips or tricks, share 'em in the comments section.
Here's a peek at our guide to Downtown's First Friday for January 6 ...
More First Friday hints and details after the jump ...
(A Few) on the Map
- Holgas: A Retrospective
For more than 10 years, the Holgas building has been a source of kick ass art from a number of the community's longstanding artists. This year, the building was sold to artists Carrie Marill and Matt Moore, who plan to partner with ASU's Desert Initiative to bring in international artists and foster a collaborative arts experience. To celebrate the art created at Holgas and the artists who've lived there, monOrchid is hosting a retrospective tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. monOrchid is at 214 E. Roosevelt. More info here
- Colin Chillag at Regular Gallery
Check out the latest work by local painter Colin Chillag tonight from 6 to 9 at Regular Gallery at 918 North Sixth Street (the one with the map painted on the outside by Brez). More info here
- Opening of The Sagrado on Grand Ave
Tonight marks the opening of The Sagrado, a gallery/boutique directed by Jay "Tranzo" Olivas and Samuel Gomez, curated by painter El Moises. The opening reception will feature work by Angel Diaz, Angelica's Photo Art, El Moises, Phxeye, Lalo Cota, Pablo Luna, Jason Rudolf Pena, Emily Castillo, Julia Duran with music by Arthur Castro. The gallery, at 1023 NW Grand Ave, will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. More info here
- A Beautiful Struggle at Bragg's Pie
Recent Paintings by Ishmael Dueñas, Molten Brothers, Dan Diaz, Sent Rock & Kevin J. Bates, a group of local artists "who have made a mark in their own, distinctive ways in the Valley's art community over the last several years." The show opens tonight at Bragg's Pie Factory, 1301 W. Grand Avenue, from 6 - 11 pm and again on Third Friday, January 20. More info here
- Pete Deise @ 1024 NW Grand
Local sculptor Pete Deise will show (and sell!) his "bite-sized" works tonight at 1024 SW Grand Ave. from 6 to 9 p.m. More info here
(A Few) off the Map
- Phoenix Icons by Jason Hill @ Willo North
Local designer Jason Hill debuts his "Icons of Phoenix--A Retrospective with New Work" that includes his signature paintings of local landmarks and new, large-scale watercolors and hand-pulled silkscreen prints of a few of our favorite places. Hill's work will be up through February. Willo North, 2811 N. 7th Ave., opens tonight at 6 p.m.. More info here
- Performance and Visual art at ALAC's Galeria 147
The "Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe" exhibition at ALAC's Galeria 147 continues this month with First Friday performances by Olivia Calderon - La Voz de Diamante at 7 p.m., Tradiciones Dance Company at 7:30 p.m., Cesar Chavez Duran Honors Lucha Villa at 8 p.m., Ballet Amistad at 8:30 p.m., and a performance by Dulce Juarez with a Teatro Monologue at 9 p.m..
Also on view will be a video installation by Efrain Robles. ALAC is at 47 E. Adams St./ More info here
Other Useful Information:
- The Phoenix Art Museum
has great parking (and great art, go figure), and is back as one of the stops for the First Friday Trolley
. On-street parking is limited along Roosevelt Street between First and Seventh streets (Note: meters downtown are still checked until 8 p.m.). Or if you can nab a spot, check out the free street parking on Grand Avenue ...
- If you missed it, our 16 limited-edition jackalope sticker by Daniel Davis (aka Steam Crow)
will be making its debut tonight! (Find a few at each location on the map.)