Art

Here's Your Guide to March First Friday in Metro Phoenix

Look for Rowan Burkham's work at FOUND:RE Phoenix.
Look for Rowan Burkham's work at FOUND:RE Phoenix. Lynn Trimble
You can dip in and out of First Friday offerings at places ranging from the Japanese Friendship Garden to the Hazel and Violet letterpress shop on Grand Avenue. If you’re looking for fresh art shows, check out this roundup of local exhibits.

Our First Friday guide is organized by area to help you see more art in less time and includes the shows that should make your “must-see” list. There’s even a sampling of other art openings taking place between now and Third Friday.

click to enlarge Look for Ashley Czajkowski's work at Northlight Gallery . - LYNN TRIMBLE
Look for Ashley Czajkowski's work at Northlight Gallery .
Lynn Trimble

Must-See Exhibits

‘Habitat’
Northlight Gallery
605 East Grant Street

Explore the ways various artists interpret the human ecosystem during the Anthropocene age with this exhibit at Northlight Gallery, where First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m.


‘Déja Vu View’
Central Gallery at Burton Barr Central Library
1221 North Central Avenue


See works by Jeff Falk, who puts a fresh twist on iconic images by creating combinations that “change the familiar meanings and open up new interpretations.” The opening reception at Central Gallery runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and includes live music.

‘Eye Level’
Sisao Gallery
1501 Grand Avenue


You’ve likely seen Andy Brown’s murals filled with concentric lines around downtown Phoenix. Now, you can see works that reflect both his world travels and the desert he calls home. First Friday hours at Sisao Gallery are 6 to 10 p.m.


‘Hermosa Beleza’
ASU Step Gallery
605 East Grant Street


See sculptural forms created by artist Marcela Erives using materials such as fiberglass, resin, foam insulation, and automotive paint. First Friday hours at ASU Step Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m.

click to enlarge Explore all things Chartreuse with Five15 Arts. - FIVE15 ARTS
Explore all things Chartreuse with Five15 Arts.
Five15 Arts

Grand Avenue

'Chartreuse at Chartreuse'
Five15 Arts at Chartreuse
1301 Grand Avenue


See how 12 members of the Five15 Arts collective interpret the color and theme of the gallery they call home during the opening reception happening First Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.

'The Master Collection'
{9} The Gallery
1229 Grand Avenue


Explore works by more than 30 artists who’ve been featured at {9} The Gallery during the last two years. First Friday hours are 5 to 10 p.m.

‘Smile Now, Smile Later’
11th Monk3y Industries
1022 Grand Avenue


Head to 11th Monk3y Industries to see works filled with smiles created by resident artist Marissa Hall Valdez. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m.

Roosevelt Row

‘Geometric Elegance’
FOUND:RE Phoenix
1100 North Central Avenue


Get a first look at how FOUND:RE Phoenix is changing up its art program with this group exhibition that features works by more than a dozen local artists. First Friday hours at FOUND:RE Phoenix are 6 to 10 p.m.

'Mes de Las Mujeres'
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 North First Avenue


Explore work by artists in the Phoenix Fridas collective at Fair Trade Cafe, where First Friday hours are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

click to enlarge Look for Lucretia Torva's work at Herberger Theater Center. - LUCRETIA TORVA
Look for Lucretia Torva's work at Herberger Theater Center.
Lucretia Torva

More Art Shows

‘In Celebration of Women’
Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery
222 East Monroe


Head to the Art Gallery inside Herberger Theater Center to see works by 30 artists celebrating the 100-year-anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The First Friday opening runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Jordan Thomas and Alex Arshansky
Exposed Studio and Gallery
4225 North Seventh Avenue


Exposed Studio and Gallery will be showing mixed media robot sculptures by Jordan Thomas, plus works by San Diego artist Alex Arshansky. First Friday hours are 5 to 8 p.m.

Ardoous Quest
Hosh Gallery
1738 East McDowell Road


See new works by Jeff Slim at Hosh Gallery inside Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, where you can also enjoy live performances by An Illustrated Mess, Future Blunt, Apetight,Cody, Cody Blackwater, and Pines of Torrey. First Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m.

click to enlarge They'll be clowning around over at Alwun House. - GASLIGHT CIRCUS
They'll be clowning around over at Alwun House.
GasLight Circus

More Creative Options

The Gaslight Circus
Alwun House
1201 East Roosevelt Street


The GasLight Circus is performing clowning for all ages during The Ringmaster's Apprentice show that runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at Alwun House. Tickets are $10, plus fees.

Zine Night
The Hive
222 North 16th Street


Make your way to The Hive if you want to spend some time making zines with provided art supplies while you enjoy local art and community. First Friday hours are 7 to 9:30 p.m.

PhxArt Drag Race
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Avenue


Mynx De Milo is hosting an evening of local drag performance at Phoenix Art Museum, where First Friday admission is by voluntary donation. Event hours are 6 to 10 p.m.

click to enlarge Look for Martin Moreno's hummingbird mural at the Sagrado Galleria. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Look for Martin Moreno's hummingbird mural at the Sagrado Galleria.
Lynn Trimble

More March Openings

'Forever Rising'
Sagrado Galleria
6437 South Central Avenue


Sagrado Galleria presents works by youth artists and arts educators, as well as 12 custom Vans shoe designs by young creatives, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

'We Got It All Wrong'
The Mood Room
3121 North Third Avenue


Artlink is presenting a group exhibition in its new arts space at Park Central Mall. The opening takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

'Digital Dust'
Practical Art
5070 North Central Avenue


See new works by Daniel Funkhouser during the artist reception happening at Practical Art from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 13.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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