Downtown's First Friday (Nov. 2)

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 Nov.3...

More hints after the jump ...

See also: - Painter Lee Berger Branches Out With His New Works at The Icehouse - Becky Nahom's Group Exhibition "Rinse & Repeat" Showcases Patterns and Texture in Local Artworks - Scientists Bring Artistic Lunar Landscapes to monOrchid Gallery

On the Map: Angels v.2 and Residual Energy @ eye lounge This month, the gallery hosts new work by photographer Logan Bellew, who will show Angels v.2 for his last eye lounge exhibition. The series is a continuation of his Angels portraits, which he describes on his website: "This is how they will feel, and this is what they will look like when they realize they never should have left you. Say it again, they can't all be saviors." In the gallery's other main space will be the work of encaustic painter Lara Plecas, who cast more than 80 faces of local community members in plaster. The gallery will be open from 5 to 10 p.m..

"56 of 100: Candid Landscapes and the Arizona Centennial @ The Hive When Steve Weiss isn't busy programming films through "No Festival Required" the local artist is usually making rounds to galleries or behind his own lens making photographs of local architecture and landscapes throughout the state. According to Weiss, "56 of 100: Candid Landscapes and the Arizona Centennial" is a collection of his color photographs of Arizona icons including Tovrea Castle, stops along Van Buren and Route 66, and Encanto Park (to name a few).

Portrait of an Artist @ Bragg's Pie Factory For more than a year, photographer Tony Zeh has captured local creatives in their studio in a portrait series. Arists include Annie Lopez, Jeff Falk, Mike Prepsky, James Angel, David Dauncy, Linda Ingraham, Rafael Navarro, Thuong Nguyen, Gennaro Garcia, Bill LeGoullon, Joe Willie Smith, Brent Bond, Kritsin Bauer, Carolyn Lavander, Cristine Cassano, Melissa Martinez, Lara Plecas, Christy Puetz (to name a few). His work along with pieces created by each artist he's photographed will be on view as at Bragg's Pie on Grand Avenue from 7 to 10 p.m..

Useful Hints:

• There is a ton going on, so get there early, find a parking spot, get a snack (and a water bottle), and pace yourself.

•The Phoenix Art Museum has great parking (and great art, go figure).

• On-street parking is limited along Fifth and Sixth streets. Or if you can nab a spot, check out the free street parking on Grand Avenue.

• Our limited-edition sticker is by Derek Welte. Pick one (or two) up at one of the galleries listed on our map.

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Claire Lawton
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