There is plenty to do to celebrate the First First Friday of 2022 in downtown Phoenix.
Museums like the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum will offer free admission (or a voluntary donation) to current exhibitions, including “Extractive Landscapes” at PAM and “Remembering the Future” at Heard. . “Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s”, PAM’s latest exhibition, will also be presented with over 80 pieces of paper fashion from the 1960s.
Those looking for quirky art can stop by Wayward Taphouse for a drink and browse the vintage wares and quirks of Hawk Salvage on display at the bar. New City Studio will present the first solo exhibition by local artist Bryant Eugene Vasquez, “Mojave Lane: Retratos De Mi Familia”. The show tells the story of family ties and attachments.
Other highlights include a new poolside facility at Found: RE and Charles Kurre’s “Unlimited Spirit” at Eye Lounge.
Hawk Salvage of vintage items and oddities at Wayward Taphouse
Stop by Wayward on the First Friday to see early 1900s woodcuts from Hawk Salvage, a longtime favorite antique store on Grand Avenue. The woodcuts were made by various European artists, most of them between 1900 and 1920. Molds of old dolls and other curiosities will also be on display.
The first Friday event will run from noon to midnight. There will be a DJ from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., as well as artists painting on the back patio.
Details: The Wayward Taphouse, 1028 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-671-7900, thewaywardaz.com.
‘Charles Kurre: Unlimited Mind’ at Eye Lounge
It is a gallery that presents the work of an outdoor enthusiast, the artist Charlies Kurre. The gallery will highlight Kurre’s abstract collages, paintings and objects that incorporate his love for the outdoors, exploration and gardening. Eye Lounge First Friday will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Details: Eye Salon, 419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-430-1490, eyelounge.com.
“Remembering the future” at the Heard Museum
The new exhibit at the Heard Museum features paintings and sculptures by Native American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. Other exhibits include “Towards the Morning Sun: Navajo Pictorial Textiles from the Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette Collection” and a new permanent special installation featuring the work of artist Steven Paul Judd. The hours of the first Friday are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8840, heard.org.
Print a poster at Hazel & Violet Letterpress
Print a free Grand Avenue poster at Hazel & Violet Letterpress, open 5-10 p.m. on the first Friday. The store also has cards, coasters, calendars, and stationery available for purchase.
Details: Hazel & Violet Letterpress, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 480-544-2162, hazelandviolet.com.
“Generation Paper”, “Extraction Landscapes” at the Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum‘s latest exhibit, “Generation Paper: Fast Fashion in the 1960s” is open until July 17th. The exhibit features over 80 preserved pieces of paper dresses, jewelry, swimwear, handbags and more.
“Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West” will also be open to the public until March 22, 2022. Other exhibits include “Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona,” which features portraits of the desert in through the lens of magical realism and “Legacy of Ceylon: Art and Photography of Sri Lanka” which presents more than 50 objects from over 1,000 years of Sri Lankan art.
Free admission hours for the first Friday are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.
Details: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880, phxart.org.
“Mojave Lane: Retratos De Mi Familia” by Bryant Eugene Vazquez at New City Studio
Come see local artist Bryant Eugene Vazquez’s first solo exhibition at New City Studio. The multidimensional spectacle highlights family ties and the effects they have on people. The show features over 100 drawings and paintings and takes scenes from Bryant’s past and present experiences with his family. Vazquez did not have family photos of his growing up relatives, these paintings bring memories to life.
New City Studio’s First Friday event will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: New City Studio, 1300 N Central Ave, Phoenix. www.newcitystudio.org
“More is more: an exhibition on maximalism” at Found: RE
“More Is More: A Maximalism Exhibition” will feature artists Bryson Bost, Stacy Neasham and Elissa Nowacki. And the show is far from minimalist; each artist incorporates intricate patterns, designs and details into their paintings to show the beauty of what may seem excessive.
The exhibition will run until January 29, 2022. “More is more” coincides with the opening of “FOCAL POINTS: Minimal VS Maximal”, featuring the work of 79 artists from Arizona exploring art forms minimalist and maximalist. “FOCAL POINTS” will be open until March 26, 2022.
While at FOUND: RE, guests can stop by the primitive urban series “See — Hear — Sing — Fly” by Tempe artist Joan Water. The exhibition reinvents satellite dishes in a four-part work that explores the power of nature in technology.
Details: FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-875-8000, foundrehotels.com/contemporary.
“Abstract Realities” from the First Studio Gallery
Visit First Studio Gallery for its opening reception of “Abstract Realities,” which will feature the work of Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Johnny Kerr and Indigo. The exhibition is a mixture of photography, oils, acrylics and spray paints. What do they have in common? The show is a celebration of all that is abstract and will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The exhibition will be open until January 21, 2022, with receptions from 6 p.m. on January 7 and 21.
Details: First Studio Gallery, 631 N. First Ave., Phoenix. 602-957-7760, firststudio.net.
‘Lighthouse’ at Maison Alwun
On Friday, Alwun House’s “lighthouse” will feature interactive light installations from all kinds of media. Some include light boxes, lamps, art shrines, LEDs, and fire. All the lights in the gallery will be turned off for an immersive artistic experience.
The gallery will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-253-7887, alwunhouse.org.
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