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Your Guide to February 2017's First Friday in Phoenix

See works by Thuong Nguyen exhibited at the newly renovated monOrchid building.
See works by Thuong Nguyen exhibited at the newly renovated monOrchid building. Lynn Trimble

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click to enlarge See John Tuomisto-Bell's 1000 Cranes installation at New City Studio. - NEW CITY STUDIO
See John Tuomisto-Bell's 1000 Cranes installation at New City Studio.
New City Studio
Roosevelt Row/Central Arts District

“The Peace Show”

Ever get the feeling that hippies are hip again, now that protests of Trump’s policies are a regular occurrence? See what artists are doing with the theme of peace at New City Studio, where “The Peace Show” includes works by 14 artists, including John Tuomisto-Bell, Amanda Johnson, Jared Aubel, and Janet Burruel. First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the New City Studio Facebook page.

click to enlarge See works by Camila Galofre Ochoa and other artists at the Herberger Theater Center art gallery. - CAMILA GALOFRE OCHOA
See works by Camila Galofre Ochoa and other artists at the Herberger Theater Center art gallery.
Camila Galofre Ochoa
“Materialize”
Check out works by several MFA students at ASU’s School of Art during the opening reception for their show at Herberger Theater Center, which runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. Another Herberger Theater art gallery, located at Arizona Center, is doing a group show called “Tiny Art” featuring ceramics, encaustic, gouache, college, photography, painting, and mixed media from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday Find details on the Herberger Theater Center website.

click to enlarge See Sean Deckert photographs in a Roosevelt Row shipping container gallery. - SEAN DECKERT
See Sean Deckert photographs in a Roosevelt Row shipping container gallery.
Sean Deckert
"Inverse Universe"
Rhetorical Galleries presents works by Los Angeles-based photographer Sean Deckert, who merges science fiction with spirituality while exploring civilization, ontology, space, and time. During 6 to 10 p.m. First Friday hours for the shipping container galleries in Roosevelt Row, Deckert will be selling a hand-stitched zine in addition to talking with gallery-goers about his work. Learn more on the artist's website.


click to enlarge See work by multiple artists at Found:RE Phoenix. - COURTESY OF FOUND:RE PHOENIX
See work by multiple artists at Found:RE Phoenix.
Courtesy of Found:RE Phoenix
“Butt Seriously”
Ever thought about dabbing your derriere with paint, then making marks on paper as if your body was a rubber stamp? We didn’t think so, but at we know at least one artist has tried it – in the spirit of helping Found:RE Phoenix set the stage for its February show, where art meets backside. We’re told it’s all tastefully done, but you can see for yourself 6 to 8 p.m. on First Friday. Get (G-rated) details on the Found:RE Facebook page.

click to enlarge See works by Jane Kelsey-Mapel and Becky Frehse at Practical Art. - JANE KELSEY-MAPEL AND BECKY FREHSE
See works by Jane Kelsey-Mapel and Becky Frehse at Practical Art.
Jane Kelsey-Mapel and Becky Frehse
“Pursuit of Happiness”
See mixed-media assemblages by Becky Frehse and Jane Kelsey-Mapel, whose work together is meant to merge folk art with fine art. The artists use arts and crafts, including doll-making, puppeteering, and model-making – as well as painting and sculpture. See their work from 7 to 9 p.m. on First Friday at Practical Art. Learn more on the Practical Art website.

click to enlarge See large-scale jewelry works at Babylon Gallery. - LYNN TRIMBLE
See large-scale jewelry works at Babylon Gallery.
Lynn Trimble
“Babylon Jewelry”
Bassim Al-Shaker, an Iraq-born artist who now lives and works in Roosevelt Row, is showing jewelry created by his father, a well-known Iraqi artist who creates jewelry using copper and other materials. Al-Shaker will be showing large-scale versions of his father’s jewelry pieces, which contain iconic images including evil eyes and Hamsa hands – and sharing information on their cultural significance with curious gallery-goers at his Babylon Gallery. First Friday hours at Babylon Gallery are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the gallery Facebook page.

click to enlarge See work by Henry Leo Schoebel at the Icehouse. - HENRY SCHOEBEL
See work by Henry Leo Schoebel at the Icehouse.
Henry Schoebel
Grand Avenue Arts District/Warehouse District

"Full Circle"
Joe Holdren, an artist named curator for the Icehouse last year, is showing works by five artists he admires – including four ASU art professors who’ve provided inspiration for Holdren’s own art practice. Featured artists include Mark Pomilio, Ellen Murray, Henry Leo Schoebel, Janice Pittsley, and Laurent Teichman. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on Joe Holdren's Facebook page.

click to enlarge See work by Katia Lifshin at {9} The Gallery. - KATIA LIFSHIN
See work by Katia Lifshin at {9} The Gallery.
Katia Lifshin
“Reconstructed Perceptions”
Hoping to challenge viewers’ perceptions of self, other, and nature, artist Katia Lifshin creates portraits that combine parts of different people’s faces. See her show exploring similarities and differences between individuals in the context of uniqueness and identity 6-10 p.m. on First Friday at {9} The Gallery. Find additional information on the {9} The Gallery website.

click to enlarge See work by Amanda Adkins and others at Chartreuse gallery. - AMANDA ADKINS/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
See work by Amanda Adkins and others at Chartreuse gallery.
Amanda Adkins/Photo by Lynn Trimble
"Phoenix Phabulous History Mural"
See several interior murals created by various artists, including Aileen Frick and Amanda Adkins, as part of the Phoenix Phabulous Murals project curated by Hugo Medina. Murals for the project, now on view at Chartreuse gallery, explore several time periods in Phoenix's history. First Friday hours are 6-9 p.m. Find details on the exhibition Facebook page.

click to enlarge See work by 12 women artists at The Artery. - CHARMAGNE VASQUEZ COE
See work by 12 women artists at The Artery.
Charmagne Vasquez Coe
Other Areas

"Small Works Love Show"

Explore small works by 12 women artists including Charmagne Vasquez Coe, Carla Keaton, Cindy Schnackel, Tara Sharpe, and Lucretia Torva, to name a few. They're bringing the love to tumultuous times with a group show from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Artery. Learn more on the event Facebook show.

See photographs by Danny Neumann when his exhibit opens Thursday night at Walter Art Gallery. - DANNY NEUMANN
See photographs by Danny Neumann when his exhibit opens Thursday night at Walter Art Gallery.
Danny Neumann
Thursday and Saturday Art Shows

“Danny Neumann: The Super Neumanns”
R. Pela Contemporary Art presents photographs from a new series by Danny Neumann, who imagines everyday life for a family of superheroes. Culling inspiration from his own family’s experiences, Neumann shows that humanity and affection can imbue even the most mundane, ordinary tasks. The show opens at Walter Art Gallery with an artist reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 2. Find more information on the Walter Art Gallery website.

“AZ/NM Connections”
After you’ve hit Grand ArtHaus and Third Space on Friday night, enjoy another take on the Arizona/New Mexico show at Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center. It’s happening Saturday, February 4, from 3 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the event Facebook page.

“Forever Rising”
The Sagrado Galleria is showing works by elementary and high school students, who were asked to create art reflecting their perspectives and experiences living in south Phoenix. Expect to see paintings, photography, and block prints – as well as performance by spoken-word artist Mahogney Turner. Hours on Saturday, February 4, are 5 to 9 p.m. Find details on the event Facebook page.

Correction: This post has been edited from its original version to reflect the correct spelling of Katia Lifshin's name, and the correct title of her exhibition
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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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