A New Year offers many opportunities to get out and explore the remarkable art that can be found throughout the Phoenix subway. Current exhibits and new shows will be presented in downtown Phoenix during the first Art Walk on the first Friday of the year, Jan. 7. Here are a few that we recommend you check out.
Oh, and since omicron is everywhere these days, many galleries will ask or require a face covering. Hide yourself.
Abe Zucca Gallery
There is a special bond between people and their pets, and this is just as true for members of the local art scene. Photographer Philip Talarico captured the images of a number of Phoenix artists and their feline friends in the aptly named “Artists and Cats” exhibit at the Abe Zucca Gallery, 1301 Grand Avenue. The subjects include well-known designers like Zarco Guerrero, Mayme Kratz, and Kyllan Maney. First Friday hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jennifer goldberg
Alwun House showcases an eclectic assortment of light-based and light-inspired works by local creators working in mediums such as neon, fire, LED lights, mixed media, and more. The “Lighthouse” closure will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday. Look for artwork in the gallery and garden, mingle with artists, and sample hot cider. Lynn trimble
For “A Boundless Spirit”, his solo exhibition at Eye Lounge, Charles Kurre will present works of art reflecting the impact of the natural world on his identity and his creative process. The artist describes himself as a backcountry adventurer, urban explorer and avid gardener. He presents here “a narrative synthesis measured in time and memory”. First Friday hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lynn trimble
Your chance to see a group exhibit called “Abstract Reality” which opened on the first Friday in December is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the First Studio, a creative space where you’ll also find outdoor wall art. Featured artists include Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Johnny Kerr and Indigo. The exhibition includes photographs, as well as works created with acrylic, oil and spray paints. Lynn trimble
Five15Arts @ Chartreuse
Five15Arts at 1301 Grand Avenue will host the opening reception of “Schooling”, a solo exhibition by Yunie LeNoue, from 6 pm to 9 pm. For LeNoue, the power and beauty of the world are expressed in his works by groups of things like animals and people. Schools of fish represent freedom of movement, while dogs symbolize comfort and confidence. Jennifer goldberg
FOUND: Hotel RE Phoenix
FOUND: RE will unveil its new poolside art installation by Joan Waters at a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. See-hear-sing-fly from his “Urban Primitives” series, the piece is made up of discarded satellite dishes that have been reused and turned into masks. The current exhibitions “FOCAL POINTS: Minimal VS Maximal” and “MORE IS MORE: A Maximalism Exhibition” are also presented on the ground floor of the hotel and in the studio area in front of the swimming pool. The hotel is located at 1101 North Central Avenue. Jennifer goldberg
Phoenix Art Museum
There’s plenty to see at the Phoenix Art Museum this First Friday, when admission is free from 3pm to 7pm. Besides the museum’s extensive permanent collection, you can see the fashion exhibition “Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s”, which features over 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’ “2 Players, 2 Quarters” exhibit at the Vision Gallery in Chandler in 2020, you have a second chance to see it. “2 Players, 2 Quarterbacks: Rematch !!!” will open its doors the first Friday at the Sisao Gallery, 1501 Grand Avenue. The colorful video game themed artwork is a sight to behold. Estero Beach Tacos will be on hand in case all that art makes you hungry. First Friday hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jennifer goldberg