Downtown's Third Friday and Art Detour (March 18, 19 & 20)

Downtown Phoenix's Third Friday and Art Detour combined make a weekend full of, well, art.

The 23-year-old event, officially organized by Artlink, will take over galleries and studios on Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row and the Melrose District (and a few in between). Wonder what's open? Just look for the yellow balloons.

Here's a peek at our Field Guide for Art Detour this weekend ...

Our Eight Friday and Detour must-sees after the jump ...

Grand Avenue:

- The Mutant Pinata Show @ Bragg's Pie Factory
The annual pinata event is a must-see on Grand Avenue with works from a variety of local artists and community members. (Note: If you look hard enough, you might be able to spot our friend Mavis, the jackalope, somewhere on the walls). Other pinatas were created by Abbey Messmer and Steve Weiss (you can see how they made theirs right here), Jenny Ignaszewski, students from the Phoenix Art Institute, and more. For more information, check out the event page.

- Secret Show II @ the Chocolate Factory

It's a rare opportunity to see Hector Ruiz's studio at the Chocolate Factory. The local painter and sculptor is showcasing his recent work along with pieces by Colin Chillag, Randy Slack, Dave Quan, John Wagner, Jennifer Carolin. There will also be a dance performance by CONDER. Hours are Friday 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.. The Chocolate Factory, which just got a sweet new paint job, is at 1105 Grand Ave.

- David and Ashley @ the Trophy Room
Stop by the old Sweets & Beats along Grand Avenue and you'll find David Quan's paintings and rare mini comics (from our Magical Moments series) and Ashley Pasquan's dress designs. Hours are Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m..

- Victorian Art Walk @ Tilt Gallery

Local artist and photographer Jeremy Rowe will showcase a series of Daguerreotypes, tintypes, and Ambrotypes. Opening hours are on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.. For more information, check out Tilt Gallery's website.

- Shopping:
Detour's a well-known shopping opportunity for art investors and the like. Art by local creatives will be on sale in a majority of the open galleries and studios as well as on tables and stands along Grand Avenue. If you're looking for vintage craft supplies, check out Kooky Krafts at 1500 Grand Ave. For anything and everything for your own stylish cat, stop into Modern Cat studios in Bragg's Pie Factory and for a variety of arts and crafts, stop into Paisley Town, at 1030 Grand Ave.

- Food: Can be sparse along Grand Avenue, but you can grab a slice or sandwich at Valley Pizza (1324 W. Roosevelt), a bite from Hey Joe, the Filipino street food truck that'll be parked outside of Bikini Lounge (1502 W. Grand) from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and outside Bragg's Pie Factory (Grand Avenue and McKinley) from noon to 5p.m. on Sunday, or a coffee and cupcake at the newly opened My Goodness Cakes (1301 W. Grand Ave).

Roosevelt Row:

- Gallery Des Enfants @ Alwun House
The Alwun House, at 1204 E. Roosevelt St., will host a juried art exhibit with work by the Phoenix Elementary School District No. 1. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. for more information, see the Alwun House website.

- phICA and Jon Haddock @ Modified Arts
The Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA) will debut at Modified arts with work by Brazilian artist Laerte Ramos. PhICA is a nonprofit organization which aims to "complement other regional cultural institutions while differentiating itself through collaboration and community partnerships and by offering new portals of entry for enjoying, understanding, and interpreting contemporary art."

Also on display will be the video game-inspired work of Jon Haddock, Carlo Zanni, Paolo Perdercini, and Jason Rohrer. An opening for both shows will be on Friday night at Modified Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt St. from 6 to 9 p.m.. For more information, check out the phICA and Modified Arts websites.


- Indian Ink II @ Pravus
Thomas "Breeze" Marcus and Douglas Miles open their co-curated show, Indian Ink II, which Breeze says will feature a number of selected emerging Native American artists whose works "push out and ascend above the boundaries of stereotypical, traditional, and "contemporary" Native American art." Check out the show, which promises a live mural installation and opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pravus, 501 E. Roosevelt. For more information, check out the Pravus website.

- Love Nest @ Regular Gallery
Regular Gallery, one of the newest additions to Roosevelt Row at 918 N. Sixth St., will host its third exhibition, Love Nest, during the weekend. The show features the newest work from Brian Boner and Christina Ramirez, who met and fell in love in the space long before it was "Regular." Opening hours are on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. See the Regular Gallery site for more information.
- Shopping: Art will be for sale in the galleries as well as inside (and on the front lawn) of MADE art boutique, which will feature work from Carol Roque, and Ellie Richards as well as ceramics by Jared Tolson. Also on sale are letterpress works at Hazel and Violet INK, vintage fashions at Butter Toast Boutique and crafts and collections at the GROWop on Sixth Street.

- Food: After a day (or two) of art, you're going to be hungry, and Roosevelt Row has quite the selection. Try a few crepes and coffees at Jobot, Bliss/Rebar, drinks and bunch specials at and classic dishes at Carly's Bistro.

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Claire Lawton
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