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Checking out details in Jeff Falk's Children of the Sun.EXPAND
Checking out details in Jeff Falk's Children of the Sun.
Jeff Falk

Here's Your Guide to January 2019 First Friday in Phoenix

First Friday promises something for nearly everyone. Expect an intriguing assortment of art, from faux taxidermy to aerosol paintings, plus plenty of other offerings. There's experimental film, contemporary dance, live hip-hop, and more — including cannabis trivia. Here's our roundup of exhibits and other creative pursuits, to help you plan the first First Friday of 2019.

Must-See Exhibits

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“Sentinels II”
See works by several artists who’ve been staples of the metro Phoenix arts scene for many decades – including Bob Allen, Anne Coe, Joel Coplin, Jeff Falk, Annie Lopez, Jo-Ann Lowney, and Beth Ames Swartz. They’ll be on view from 4 to 9 p.m. at Gallery 119, where First Friday offerings also include experimental film, live music, and spoken-word performance. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

See new Tato Caraveo works at Practical Art.EXPAND
See new Tato Caraveo works at Practical Art.
Tato Caraveo

New Works by Tato Caraveo
The Phoenix-based artist and musician, whose drawings and paintings reflect his distinct surrealist style, will be showing new work at Practical Art. First Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Get details on the Practical Art website.

Roosevelt Row

“The Maze”
See works by Monica Wapaha, a multidisciplinary artist who hails from the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. A graduate student in printmaking at ASU, Wapaha explores the “beauty and complexity of indigenous life.” First Friday hours at the Xico Inc. shipping container galleries are 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

"Zodiac"
Heather Freitas is releasing a new series of 12 paintings with zodiac themes, with sales benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. See her work at Heather Freitas Gallery between 6 and 10 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page.

“Monsters and Mischief”
Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral is showing paintings, ceramics, and faux taxidermy created by Kristine Kollasch and Jeremy Yocum. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Facebook event page.

“Pitfalls and Obstacles”
The Gallery at Phoenix Center for the Arts is showing works by Greg Manley, an artist who pushes figurative work to abstraction in order to “show the emotions, power and diversity in life.” First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

“Reflections of Phoenix”
See works by Zee Peralta, which reflect the artist’s experiences around metro Phoenix, at Found:RE Phoenix. First Friday hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Facebook event page.

“Drawings of an Otherworldy Nature”
Cocoon Art Space is showing works by Craig Thornton. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page.

“Rebirth: A New Beginning”
Sundown Gallery & Studios is presenting aerosol artworks by Shona Longoria. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page.

See work by Christ Boyd in the "Deconstructing" exhibit at Grand ArtHaus.EXPAND
See work by Christ Boyd in the "Deconstructing" exhibit at Grand ArtHaus.
Chris Boyd

Grand Avenue

“Unity”
Five15 Arts at Chartreuse is showing works by collective member Deborah Hodder, whose figurative sculpture explores “the juxtaposition of our instincts for freedom and security.” First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page.

“Deconstructing”
See works by Chris Boyd, an artist who seeks to challenge hidden assumptions and question social constructs. First Friday hours at Grand ArtHaus are 6 to 10 p.m. Find details on the Facebook event page.

Group Exhibit
See works by artists Abbey Messmer, Rafael Navarro, and Lisa Jacobs (of Retromode Handmade) at The Lodge Art Studio. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on The Lodge Facebook page.

“Organic Coexistence”
{9} The Gallery is showing acrylic paintings by Amber Linkey, which reflect her “personal interpretation of how emotions mingle together within a space.” First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

Chris Newpher
See works by Chris Newpher, an artist who seeks to capture “the constantly changing world around him in his everyday life.” First Friday hours at Sisao Gallery inside Oasis on Grand are 6 to 10 p.m. Get more information on the Facebook event page.

See work by Kristine Kollasch in the "Monsters and Mischief" exhibit at Olney Gallery.EXPAND
See work by Kristine Kollasch in the "Monsters and Mischief" exhibit at Olney Gallery.
Kristine Kollasch

More Art Shows

Brandon McGill and John Rinehart
Exposed Studio & Gallery is showing paintings and photography by Brandon McGill, and photography by John Rinehart. First Friday hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

New Year Celebration
The Heard Museum is partnering with Alliance Français of Greater Phoenix for a New Year celebration that includes free museum admission and $7 tickets to see the “Yua” exhibition that includes works by Henri Matisse. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m., which includes a reception with cash bar from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Crossroads Gallery. Find additional details on the Facebook event page.

New Works
Explore new works by artists Adriana Zavalza and Jazmin Chavez, along with music by the Crate Creepers. First Friday hours at Hosh Gallery inside Palabras Bilingual Bookstore are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

See works by Greg Manley in "Pitfalls and Obstacles" at Phoenix Center for the Arts.EXPAND
See works by Greg Manley in "Pitfalls and Obstacles" at Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Greg Manley

Art + Performance

The Best of ABBA
Phoenix Art Museum welcomes FilmBar’s Big Gay Singalong: The Best of ABBA, which happens hourly on an outdoor terrace from 7 to 9 p.m. Matt Dickson will facilitate life drawing from 6 to 9 p.m. And CONDER/dance will share a Breaking Ground dance showcase at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. Admission is by voluntary donation during First Friday hours, which are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Phoenix Art Museum website.

Friday Night Live Hip-Hop
Check out live performances by more than a dozen artists, vinyl sets, cannabis trivia, and live art by Drew Schermick and Jose Love Reyes. First Friday hours (for ages 21 and up) at ThirdSpace are 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Find more information on the Facebook event page.

Hurray for Phoenix!
Friday Night Live on the Herberger Theater Center plaza celebrates movies filmed in Arizona with "hip historian" Marshall Shore. The lineup includes movie screenings, trivia contests, and fun facts about more than two dozen films. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page. Between 5:30 and 7 p.m., you can explore the Cancer Survivors Art exhibit inside the center's art gallery (find more info on the Facebook event page).

See photographs by Zee Peralta in the "Reflections of Phoenix" exhibit at Found:RE Phoenix.EXPAND
See photographs by Zee Peralta in the "Reflections of Phoenix" exhibit at Found:RE Phoenix.
Zee Peralta

Geocentric
Check out a live concert at The Nash, featuring original music by Zach Gillespie and Joel Oroz, and classic jazz offerings. Expect everything from modern jazz to electro-rock, and make sure you explore works by local artists while you’re there. First Friday hours are 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Learn more on The Nash website.

Artist of the Month
See artwork by Skip Andrews at The Lost Leaf, where First Friday hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Music is by The Division Men and Djentrification. Find more information on Facebook event page.

Phoenix Art Fair
Explore offerings by local artists and acoustic open mic performance at Trunk Space, where First Friday hours are 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page.

Ike Ramalho
Check out work by local artists, while enjoying live music by Ike Ramalho. He’ll be playing Brazilian music at Trans Am Phx, where First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

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