Visual Arts

Your Guide to November 2016's First Friday in Phoenix

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“Ofrendas y Arte”
Explore works by more than a dozen artists in this exhibition inspired by Dia de los Muertos, which will also include several artist-made altars. It’s curated by Lucinda Yrene for Grand ArtHaus. During Friday Friday hours from 6 to 10 p.m., visitors can experience live music, live painting in the gallery, and face painting. Featured artists include Tato Caraveo, Monica Villarreal, and Mata Ruda. Find details on the event Facebook page.

“Perspectival 4.5”
Abe Zucca is showing all new work he describes as “displacement paintings of a displaced world,” at the Abe Zucca Gallery inside Abloom Salon – where several additional works by Zucca will also be on view. First Friday hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Learn more on the event Facebook page.

“Veterans Art Show”
Unexpected Art Gallery is unveiling a monument honoring military veterans and showing works by several veteran artists during an evening that includes reflections shared by individuals who believe in the healing power of art. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the Unexpected Art Gallery website.

Warehouse District

“Celebrating Mandala”
See new works by artists David Chacon, Joe Mehl, Kathy Taylor, and Joe Holdren, who now serves as gallery director at the Icehouse Gallery. First Friday offerings also include live music, handmade jewelry, and interactive light installations. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the event Facebook page.

“Mní Kin Wóglake (The Water Speaks)"
Shiloh Ashley is showing her neon and mixed-media works exploring the ways language and identity evolve over time, both in the ways they’re used and how they’re represented. First Friday hours at Step Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m. Find information on the ASU Events website.

Additional Locations

“Till Death Do We Part”
Alwun House in the Garfield District presents works celebrating the wedding of artists Eric Simmons and Holly Shoemaker. Simmons, whose background includes film animation, creates oil paintings blending realism with surrealism. Shoemaker creates photographs mixing fantasy with reality. First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Alwun House website.
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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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