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October First Friday: Your Guide to New Exhibits, Art Parties, and Free Museum Admission

See works by several artists in "Faces and Identities" at 9 The Gallery.
See works by several artists in "Faces and Identities" at 9 The Gallery. 9 The Gallery
click to enlarge See works by several artists in "Faces and Identities" at 9 The Gallery. - 9 THE GALLERY
See works by several artists in "Faces and Identities" at 9 The Gallery.
9 The Gallery
New exhibits. Art parties. Free museum admission. There’s a lot going on during October First Friday, so here’s a quick look at 20 (mostly-free) options to help you plan your night. Pro tip: Check vaccination and mask requirements before you head out.

9 The Gallery

Make your way to 9 The Gallery to explore the new “Faces and Identities” exhibition featuring works by more than a dozen artists, including Antoinette Cauley, Falah Saeedhi, Chris Vena, and Shoreigh Williams. There will be a cash bar by Kaizen during First Friday hours, which are 6 to 9 p.m.

click to enlarge Look for Mary Wilhelm's work at Alwun House. - ALWUN HOUSE
Look for Mary Wilhelm's work at Alwun House.
Alwun House

Alwun House

Alwun House is holding the opening for its "Monsters Menagerie" show during First Friday, when you can see dark and fantastical works by over two dozen artists working in multiple mediums, including Thrift Creeper, Jimmy Fike, and Holly Shoemaker. A panel of judges will be selecting three artists to receive $500 cash prizes. The opening reception on First Friday kicks off at 6 p.m.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix has free admission during First Friday hours from 5 to 9 p.m. The museum is filled with ongoing hands-on exhibitions for children, with activities focused on art, building, and more.


Eye Lounge

The Eye Lounge artist collective is presenting “Not Home,” a solo exhibition by Kat Davis that explores her parents' lives. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m.

Fair Trade Café

Artists Chela and Edgar 8ahau Fernandez will be showing watercolor, graphite, gouache, and ink on paper artworks in their “El Regresso del Colibri” exhibit at Fair Trade Café, where First Friday hours are 5 to 7 p.m.

First Studio

You’ll find works by more than 50 artists on view in "Piecing it Together" at First Studio, where First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Featured artists include Edna Dapo, Angela Isaac, Charissa Lucille, Joanna Proffitt, Ping Wei, Kristin Wesley, and Cheyenne You.

click to enlarge See works by Deborah Hodder at Five15 Arts at Chartreuse. - FIVE15 ARTS
See works by Deborah Hodder at Five15 Arts at Chartreuse.
Five15 Arts

Five15 Arts at Chartreuse

Explore works by Deborah Hodder, member of the Five15 Arts collective, in her new exhibition titled “Evolution: Microcosm to Macrocosm.” The exhibition is focused on transitions and central themes in her body of work spanning three decades. First Friday hours at Chartreuse are 6 to 9 p.m.

Heard Museum

Heard Museum will have free admission during First Friday hours from 4 to 8 p.m., when you can check out numerous ongoing exhibitions in addition to the “Small Wonders” exhibit featuring jewelry and other small-scale creations.

Icehouse

The Icehouse is presenting “The Ghost Within,” which includes works by Sean T French, as well as collaborative pieces created with Mike Butzine, Michelle Meyer, and Cody Hunt. Expect new works, including fire-emitting pieces, as well as projection art and live performance. First Friday hours start at 7 p.m. and continue through 1 a.m.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Reserve a spot ahead of time if you want to explore the Japanese Friendship Garden, where admission is by voluntary donation during First Friday hours from 5 to 8 p.m. The last entry time is 7:30 p.m.

Legend City Studios

See works by about 70 artists at Legend City Studios as Randy Slack’s invitational “Chaos Theory” exhibit returns after taking a pandemic pause. It’s a chance to see work in diverse mediums by Pete Deise, Jeff Falk, Sam Fresquez, Tara Logsdon, Annie Lopez, Joe Willie Smith, Yuko Yabuki, and many more. First Friday hours are 6 p.m. to midnight, and the evening also includes fashion and live music.

monOrchid

Phoenix General curated an exhibit titled "Space Camp" at monOrchid featuring six artists exploring interior and exterior space. Participating artists include Mark Freedman, Sarah Hurwitz, and Ben Willis.

click to enlarge Explore work by Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter at Northlight Gallery. - ASU NORTHLIGHT GALLERY
Explore work by Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter at Northlight Gallery.
ASU Northlight Gallery

Northlight Gallery

Look for photographic works exploring death and dying at Northlight Gallery, where featured artists include Ashley Czajkowski, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mark Klett, and many more. First Friday hours for the “Memento Mori: Memento Vivere” exhibit are 6 to 9 p.m.

Olney Gallery

The “Just 10” exhibit at Olney Gallery highlights 10 women artists whose work ranges from realistic to abstract, and from figurative to landscape. The lineup includes Dyanne Fiorucci, Sandra Garvey, Barbara Lacy, and Carolyn Toliver. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m.

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum has admission by voluntary donation during First Friday hours from 3 to 7 p.m. You can also get a reduced ticket price for their newest special exhibition, a retrospective of works by Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz which is titled "Invisibilia."

Raiz Gallery

Head to Raiz Gallery inside Palabras Bilingual Bookstore to see a “Spaces Between” featuring a new series of works by Shela Yu. Look for Navajo cuisine by The Rez and coffee by Hakiri Coffee while you’re there. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m.

click to enlarge Up close with one of Michael Viglietta's pieces. - MICHAEL VIGLIETTA
Up close with one of Michael Viglietta's pieces.
Michael Viglietta

Sisao Gallery

Check out artworks by Michael Viglietta during his new “Variants” exhibition at Sisao Gallery inside Oasis on Grand. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m.

Step Gallery

An ASU group called The Art Grads is showing works by more than two dozen artists in its “TAG Exhibit” at Step Gallery, where First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Check out works by Memo Gutierrez, Yee Jae Kim, Miguel Angel Monzon, and Aubrey Zwickel while you’re there.

Walter Where?House

Walter Productions is celebrating the re-opening of its Walter Where?House creative space following a pandemic pause with a First Friday lineup that includes performance by The Sponges, art cars, and artwork by numerous creatives. Tickets start at $13 and you must be at least 21 to attend. The event starts at 9 p.m. and continues through 2 a.m.

Xico Arte y Cultura

See how artist Louis Giordano blends urban history and design in this exhibition of prints titled “1000\PULLS, which will be on view at Xico Arte y Cultura during First Friday hours from 5 to 8 p.m.
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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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