A new year brings plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the remarkable art that can be found all over metro Phoenix. Both ongoing exhibitions and new shows will be on display in downtown Phoenix during the first First Friday artwalk of the year on January 7. Here are a few we recommend you check out.
Oh, and since omicron is everywhere these days, many galleries will request or require a face covering. Mask up.
Zarco Guerrero is one of the subjects of the "Artists and Cats" show at Abe Zucca Gallery.
Abe Zucca Gallery
There's a special bond between people and their pets, and it's just as true for members of the local art scene. Photographer Philip Talarico has captured the images of a number of Phoenix artists and their feline friends in the aptly named exhibit "Artists and Cats" at Abe Zucca Gallery
, 1301 Grand Avenue. Subjects include well-known creatives like Zarco Guerrero, Mayme Kratz, and Kyllan Maney. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Jennifer Goldberg
is showing an eclectic assortment of light-based and light-inspired works by local creatives working in mediums that include neon, fire, LED lights, mixed media, and more. The “Lighthouse” closing will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday. Look for artworks in the gallery and garden, mingle with artists, and enjoy hot cider. Lynn Trimble
For "A Boundless Spirit," his solo exhibition at Eye Lounge
, Charles Kurre will be showing artworks reflecting the impact of the natural world on both his identity and his creative process. The artist describes himself as a backcountry adventurer, urban explorer, and avid gardener. Here, he’s presenting “a narrative synthesis measured in time and memory.” First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Lynn Trimble
Your chance to see a group exhibition titled “Abstracted Reality” that opened during December's First Friday takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at First Studio
, a creative space where you'll also find exterior mural art. Featured artists include Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Johnny Kerr, and Indigo. The exhibit includes photographs, as well as works created with acrylic, oil, and spray paints. Lynn Trimble
Children & Fish by Yunie LeNoue will be on display at Five15 Arts at Chartreuse.
Five15Arts @ Chartreuse
at 1301 Grand Avenue will host the opening reception of "Schooling," a solo exhibit by Yunie LeNoue, from 6 to 9 p.m. For LeNoue, the power and beauty of the world are expressed in her artwork by groups of things like animals and people. Schools of fish represent freedom of movement, while dogs symbolize comfort and trust. Jennifer Goldberg
A rendering of Joan Waters' new artwork, See-Hear-Sing-Fly, at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel.
FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel
will unveil its new poolside art installation by Joan Waters in a reception held from 6 to 9 p.m. Titled See-Hear-Sing-Fly
from her "Urban Primitives" series, the piece is composed of discarded satellite dishes that have been repurposed and transformed into masks. Also on display are the ongoing exhibitions “FOCAL POINTS: Minimal VS Maximal” and “MORE IS MORE: A Maximalism Exhibition” throughout the ground floor of the hotel and in the studio space across from the pool. The hotel is located at 1101 North Central Avenue. Jennifer Goldberg
Explore the art of paper dresses at Phoenix Art Museum.
Phoenix Art Museum
There's plenty to see at Phoenix Art Museum
this First Friday, when admission is free from 3 to 7 p.m. Besides the museum's extensive permanent collection, you can see the fashion exhibit "Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s," which displays more than 80 paper outfits and accessories. The museum is located at 1625 North Central Avenue. Jennifer Goldberg
If you missed father and son Such and Champ Styles' exhibition "2 Players, 2 Quarters" at Vision Gallery in Chandler in 2020, you've got a second chance to see it. "2 Players, 2 Quarters: Rematch!!!" will open on First Friday at Sisao Gallery
, 1501 Grand Avenue. The colorful, video-game-themed works are a sight to behold. Estero Beach Tacos will be on-site in case all that art makes you hungry. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Jennifer Goldberg