Field Guide: Downtown's First Friday (July 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 July 2...

More recommendations, tips and a printable guide after the jump...

On the Map:

Nathan Feller at five15 arts Feller's "Misc. & Etc." opens tonight at 5 p.m. and will stay at five15 arts until July 31. Five15 is a collective that is run by local artists. Lilia Menconi reviewed Feller's work for New Times in 2006. She wrote, "Nathan Feller's art is not the typical imagery one would associate with self-reflection. There are no sunsets, grassy fields or crashing shorelines. But there is a bunny with circular-saw blades for feet. Feller creates wickedly smart works that challenge viewers to find connective threads among his bizarre imagery, and cleverly manages to provide a glimpse into his notions of morality, habit and self-vigilance."

Red, White and Brew at Phoenix Public Market
The Phoenix Public Market opens its new patio tonight with food and drink specials, a free wine tasting (with samples from Canelo Hills, Rancho Rosa, and Oak Creek Canyon) and live music.The Market will be open until 11 p.m..

CO+HOOTS Grand Opening
More openings! CO+HOOTS is a collective, coworking venue that is home to writers, designers and independent artists. Check out more about their available space in a story we wrote last week. They'll open with an exhibition "Break Free" which is a collective show put together by local artists (Huilin Dai, Mark Peterman, Courtney Sargent and Christine Johnson, to name a few).

Other useful tips:

Pit Stop:
The downside to drinking a lot of water in an effort to beat the heat is the inevitable bathroom hunt. This month, we recommend trying the Arizona Science Center on Seventh and Washington streets.

Phoenix Art Museum has free parking and free event shuttles sponsored by Artlink, Inc. to various areas throughout downtown including Roosevelt Row. Route maps are available at the Museum. On-street parking is limited along Roosevelt Street between 1st Street and 7th Street (Note: meters downtown are still checked until 8 p.m.).

Happy Friday!

Don't forget to print out a field guide and take it with you!

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Claire Lawton
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