Art

Here's Your Guide to August First Friday in Phoenix

Recalling an earlier sighting of art by David Morgan, who is part of a show at Sisao Gallery.
Recalling an earlier sighting of art by David Morgan, who is part of a show at Sisao Gallery. Lynn Trimble
Whether you’re into gallery shows, new murals, or free museum admission, you’ve got plenty of great options for First Friday this month. Here’s a look at 10 places to see art, along with a friendly reminder that several creative spaces expect patrons to wear masks.

Galleries

‘Heatwave’
Sisao Gallery


Head to Sisao Gallery at Oasis on Grand to explore works by more than 20 artists with diverse styles, including Robert Gentile, Monique Sanderson Mata, David Morgan, Tara Sharpe, Spawk, and Lucretia Torva. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m., when you can also experience music by Snailmate, Tay Da Crow, and DJ 001.

click to enlarge Detail of another desert fall (archival inkjet print, 2020-2021) on view at Eye Lounge. - MEGAN DRIVING HAWK
Detail of another desert fall (archival inkjet print, 2020-2021) on view at Eye Lounge.
Megan Driving Hawk
‘The First Year’
Eye Lounge


Megan Driving Hawk is featuring three bodies of work in her first exhibition for Eye Lounge, which is titled “The First Year: accepting the health space that mothering takes up.” Through photographs, beaded emblems, and poetry, the artist seeks to “demonstrate how present day choices can heal the past and the future.” First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m.

‘Rethreading Our Landscape’
Xico Inc.


Xico Inc. is presenting an exhibition titled “Rethreading Our Landscape: I Am the Project,” which features works by Ximena Echeverria, as well as the “Disruptive” Art exhibition featuring works by Papayon (Roberto F. Salmon). During First Friday hours from 6 to 9 p.m. you can also see select works from a recent Mexican-American cultural exchange exhibit.

click to enlarge Look for Musical Waters by Joan Waters in the "Fire/Earth" exhibit. - JOAN WATERS
Look for Musical Waters by Joan Waters in the "Fire/Earth" exhibit.
Joan Waters
‘Fire/Earth’
FOUND:RE Contemporary


The art gallery at FOUND:RE Phoenix, which will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. on First Friday, is presenting a metal and fire landscapes exhibition featuring pieces by Aryana Londir and Joan Waters. Inside the hotel, look for another landscape show with works by more than 60 artists, as well as live painting by Kelly Finucane.

click to enlarge See work by Michael Price in the "Plus One" exhibit at Five15 Arts at Chartreuse. - FIVE15 ARTS
See work by Michael Price in the "Plus One" exhibit at Five15 Arts at Chartreuse.
Five15 Arts
‘Plus One’
Five15 Arts at Chartreuse


Once a year, every member of the Five15 Arts collective invites a guest artist to show work alongside them for a group exhibition. This year’s guest artists include Bob Diercksmeier, Jeff Falk, Monica Gisel, Aimee Ollinger, Richard Pomraning, and many more. The exhibit includes works in several mediums, including ceramics, mixed media, and printmaking.
click to enlarge Look for Emma Annette's self-portrait in the "after/works" show at Phoenix Art Museum. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Look for Emma Annette's self-portrait in the "after/works" show at Phoenix Art Museum.
Lynn Trimble

Museums

First Friday
Phoenix Art Museum


Phoenix Art Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish from 3 to 7 p.m. during First Friday, and tickets to the special exhibition titled “Fearless Fashion” will be just $5. While you’re there, explore Ann Morton’s “The Violet Protest,” a large-scale fiber art installation seeking to “unite makers of varying political ideologies and encourage bipartisan collaboration.” And don't miss artworks by Phoenix Art Museum staff featured in the "after/works" show in a small gallery near the museum store.

First Friday
Heard Museum


Heard Museum admission is free from 4 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, when you can explore several ongoing exhibitions, in addition to the “Small Wonders” exhibit filled with jewelry, fetishes, and other small-scale works and “All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving,” which features dozens of textile works by contemporary artists. The museum’s coffee shop and book store will be open from 5 to 7 p.m.

click to enlarge Look for work by Kyllan Maney at First Studio. - KYLLAN MANEY
Look for work by Kyllan Maney at First Studio.
Kyllan Maney

More Creative Spaces

‘Summer Blend’
First Studio


First Studio is showing works by Barbara Bagan, Kyllan Maney, Cindy Schnackle, and John David Yanke during its “Summer Blend” exhibition. Expect works that are “bright and playful, soft and serene.” These artists work in diverse materials, ranging from cold wax to metal bedsprings, and you’ve likely seen Maney’s murals with symmetrical designs in several cities around the Valley.

click to enlarge Look for Zachary Justin's mural on a shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Look for Zachary Justin's mural on a shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble
Uncontained
Roosevelt Row


Look for a mural by Zachary Justin recently created for the Uncontained project, which highlights Latinx and indigenous artists. It’s located on a pop-up shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row. While you’re there on Roosevelt Street, look for the new mural going up on the Carly’s Bistro building to memorialize murdered artists David Bessent and Zachary Walter.

click to enlarge Throwback to a sighting of April Howland's work at Tempe Public Library. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Throwback to a sighting of April Howland's work at Tempe Public Library.
Lynn Trimble
Beach Party
Hive on 16th


Hive on 16th is hosting themed events on First Fridays. This month, it’s a beach party theme. From 6 to 9 p.m. you’ll be able to visit studios for several creatives, check out a photo booth, and buy drinks at the on-site coffee bar. Participating creatives include Keri Mosier of Mer.Made Jewelry and Angela Howland of Howland Studios, among others.
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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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