Three Amigos

When artists and longtime friends Pablo Luna, Thomas "Breeze" Marcus, and Lalo Cota signed a one-year lease for a space on 16th Street, we knew (even more) creative energy was headed to the neighborhood. Cota says the gallery will feature more solo shows (by local and visiting artists) than the creative trio held in their former collaborative space, 5 and 6 Gallery in Scottsdale.

Cota says the gallery's name, Por Vida, was a natural choice; art is what all three do for a living and will do for life (a literal translation). Just a few doors down from the Calle 16 Mural Project's headquarters and neighborhood anchor, Barrio Cafe, the space was also a natural fit.

First up on Por Vida's schedule is solo show "Kaper: 30 Years of Big Bad Red," which opens on Friday, February 3.

Fri., Feb. 3, 7 p.m., 2012