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.
More hints after the jump ...
(a few) On the Map
"Margin of Error" @ Tilt Gallery September brings the work of photographer Christine Weller, whose latest work is a visual collection of her late mother's possessions. The ASU graduate creates still life portraits of these objects to reveal importance, relationship, and narrative that explores the relationships we have with our mothers -- what Wells calls " the foundation of all subsequent relationships throughout our lives."
Weller's work will be on view through September's Third Friday, September 21. Tilt Gallery, on the southeast corner of Filmore and 10th Avenue, is open on First and Third Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m..
When The Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina @ Eye Lounge This August marked the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a disaster that forever changed the face of New Orleans, and inspired local poet Cynthia Hogue and photographer Rebecca Ross to collaborate and produce When the Water Came, a collection of interview-poems conducted by Hogue and portraits made by Ross. Through September 16, Ross and Hogue will showcase their portraits, photographs, and poems from victims of Hurricane Katrina during a time when news is focusing on the effects of another hurricane -- Isaac. See also: When the Water Came: Interview-Poems with Victims of Hurricane Katrina by Cynthia Hogue and Rebecca Ross
"Random Interference" @ Modified Arts The work of Venezuelan born artist Saskia Jordá is often influenced by its place. The now Phoenix-based artist specializes in site-specific installations and has filled rooms at the Scottsdale Public Library, a storefront on Mill Avenue, and corners of Shemer Art Center with industrial felt, hanging fabric, and geometric sculptures that reflect her interest in cartography and landscape. Through September 14, Jordá and Los Angeles artist Chris Oatey will take over Modified Arts at 407 East Roosevelt Street in "Random Interference."
Both artists address material and site-specific concerns in their work -- Jordá writes that her works in the show "combine and abstract imagery derived from fire-progression maps and my photographs of the aftermath of the devastating Gladiator Fire near Crown King, Arizona, offering glimpses of a surreal and charred landscape. Connection to the land, human impact on the landscape, and our attempts to reconcile with nature are subtexts to this series. Modified Arts will be open Saturday, September 8 from noon to 4 p.m..
5 Years @ Bunky Boutique Five years ago, Rachel and Jim Malloy applied their funky aesthetic and love for locally made clothing and accessories and set up shop in downtown Phoenix. Ever since, Bunky Boutique (named for Rachel's grandmother) has been a sure stop on any of our gift-finding missions -- yes, including those for ourselves.
On Friday, September 7 at 7 p.m., the Malloys will toast the shop's five-year anniversary with champagne and cake, 20 percent off merchandise, and plenty of giveaways. The boutique, located in the Merz building at 1427 North First Street, is a must-see and a must-stop-in. And, if it were up to us, we'd eat cake and toast to the Malloys more often.
Off the Map
"Oh, The Faces I Know" @ Bokeh Gallery Through her series of Prismacolor pencil portraits for "Oh, The Faces I Know," artist Jamie Pettis explores who she has been, is, and hopes to become by taking inventory of different roles she's played in her life. The Oklahoma native has drawn inspiration from her artist father, her time studying fashion, and ceaselessly creative, colorful designer Marc Jacobs, for whose label Pettis interned.
"They all relate to one another in that they are all portraits of various faces [of] people I have seen within myself during my life," Pettis says. "Some of these faces are part of my truth, and others are faces I tried out for awhile, but they did not work." -- By Becky Bartkowski
Informal Unveiling @ Gold Spot Bowling Alley Two years ago, the Office of Arts & Culture Public Art Program received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for a streetscape project along Central Avenue and 1st Street. The shade structure included in the streetscape is still in progress, but the project revealed more information about the long-gone Gold Spot Bowling Alley, which now rests as a huge empty cavern beneath the sidewalk on Central and Pierce. While the bowling alley is yet to be resurrected, the Motley Design Group with support from Historic Streetscape Bond Funds has restore the historic vault lights and illuminate the sidewalk. They'll flip on the lights at 8 p.m. on Friday.
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• There is a ton going on, so get there early, find a parking spot, get a snack (and a water bottle), and pace yourself.
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•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.
• If you missed it, our 24th limited-edition jackalope sticker by James Waldron will be on the map tonight. Pick one (or two) up at one of the galleries listed on our map.