Downtown's First Friday (April 1)

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Art walks are more often about people watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. We're here to guide you through both. Presenting our very own Field Guide -- an evolving guide to art walks around town.

From time to time, we'll introduce some of our favorite spots and dish out some insider information. If you have any tips or tricks, share 'em in the comments section.

Here's a peek at our guide to Downtown's First Friday for April 1 ...
illustration by Claire Lawton
Click on the image (or right here) for a full-size version, and pick up a paper copy at a few of the galleries/coffee shops Downtown.

More First Friday hints and details after the jump ... 

(Just a few) On the Map:

Joe Medina
- S.O.S. @ monOrchid
Save Our States (S.O.S.) is a group traveling art exhibition with work from Arizona and California artists that explores the relationship between the neighboring states post-Prop 1070 in Arizona and 187 in California -- both targeting the rights and services of illegal immigrants. (California's proposition was determined unconstitutional after statewide protests and national boycott threats.)

S.O.S.'s opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at monOrchid,
214 E Roosevelt St., with artists from both states in attendance. (There will also be a live tattooing at 6 p.m..)For more information, see the event page and dblock projects website.

- Peacemakers @ Pravus Gallery
Latest work by Colton Brock, J.J. Horner, Charles Darr, Randal Wilson, Doug Miles, and Thomas "Breeze" Marcus. The show will host an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m.. Pravus Gallery is at 501 E. Roosevelt. For more information, see the Pravus website.
asu photo club

- ASU Photo Club Silent Auction @ First Studio
ASU student photographers will hold their 5th annual silent auction with works donated by students and ASU photo faculty. Bidding starts at 6 p.m. (bring cash or check) and lasts until 9 p.m.. Proceeds benefit ASU Photo Club programming including guest speakers, workshops and scholarships. Added bonus: free food and drinks. First Studio is at 631 N. 1st Ave.. Check out the event invite for more information.

- Intertemporalist Steampunk Exposition @ Alwun House
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photo by Esther Groves
The Alwun House, at 1204 E. Roosevelt St., will host an "introductory" to steampunk art and culture with work by Steve Gompf, Rand Lyons and Edward Schenk at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Alwun House website.

- Tumbleweed Bower @ The Icehouse
Mayme Kratz and her "Team Tumbleweed" have been busy installing her interactive piece -- a 15-foot tumbleweed cube -- in the Icehouse main entrance room.Read more about her project here.
An opening reception will be at The Icehouse, at 429 W. Jackson St., from 6 to 11 p.m., and Kratz will host a lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday. See the event's invite for more reception information.

 Off the Map:

- New World Border @ The Hive No. 6 (The Bee's Knees)
The Hive, 2222 N. 16th St., will host a traveling exhibit of US artists' work in response to the US/Mexico border wall. Pieces from more than 30 artists will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. for more information, see the New World Border website.

Courtesy of Mary Lucking
- Curiouser and Curiouser @ The AZ Science Center
The interactive public artwork of local artists Mary Lucking and David Tinapple will be dedicated to the Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., at 4 p.m.. Curiouser and Curiouser, is a large, interactive telescope and microscope that allows guests to see each other on very small and large scales. Very Alice in Wonderland, indeed. For more information, check out the Science Center and the The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture websites.

(Hint: a majority of the shows that opened on Third Friday/Detour in March are still up! Check them out here.)

Other Useful Information:
Check out our latest sticker, an embroidered jackalope by Cindy Dach.

- If you missed it, our seventh jackalope limited edition sticker, designed by Cindy Dach, will be making its debut tonight! (Find a few at each location marked with a star on the map.)

- To embrace the shenanigans, check out the live music and art at Revolver Records on Roosevelt Street, at Bliss ReBar, at Bikini Lounge on Grand Avenue and all over Heritage Square.

- To avoid the shenanigans (and a sunburn), go early, walk around, and take home a piece of art before the bongos and snow cones arrive.

-- The Phoenix Art Museum has great parking (and great art, go figure). On-street parking is limited along Roosevelt Street between First and Seventh streets (Note: meters downtown are still checked until 8 p.m.). Or if you can nab a spot, check out the free street parking on Grand Avenue ...

Happy Friday!

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Kathy at Cone Arts
Kathy at Cone Arts

Why isn't the "GARFIELD GALLERIA" on these maps? 316 W. McDowell Rd. Phoenix AZ 85003 ~ Corner of 3rd Ave and McDowell !!!


vulpine are collective (bunch of hot n crafty ladies) tonite at paisley violin, 11th ave and grand.

Wayne Michael Reich
Wayne Michael Reich

Because Claire doesn't know how to draw that section of town yet, Kathy.I'm kidding of course.

It's because she's quite the idiot.Nice girl... but an idiot, nonetheless.

Keep in mind the fact that she got what artists reside and work at The Galleria wrong when she VISITED the studios for her article on Artist Eric Cox.

She may have graduated with a degree in Journalism, but looking at the majority of her articles makes one wonder if it was a mail order degree she received.

Being accused of fabrication on TWO of her most recent articles, seems to bolster my opinion that if I were her parents, I'd ask ASU for my money back.

I guess when you kiss Managing Editor Amy Silverman's feet that much, it's OK to let accuracy and competency slide in regards to getting your facts straight.

But there is an up side- at least she knows what PHX's Artists are eating & wearing, if not what we do and where we do it.

Respectfully,Wayne Michael Reichhttp://www.WayneMichaelReich.c...

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