First Friday in Phoenix: 5 Must-See Shows Oct. 4

Categories: Events, Visual Art


First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this artful evening.

"Hot Plate!" @ R. Pela Contemporary Art
Don't mind us while we toot our own horn just a little bit. The series of commemorative plates that make up this exhibition were designed by local artists as an homage to this year's Best of Phoenix theme: Vintage Phoenix. The contributing creatives come from a wide array of backgrounds, and we're pretty sure a large portion of them have never worked under these exact parameters. You probably wouldn't have pegged souvenir dishes as a great medium for high art before. This show may force you to re-think that.

See also: 11 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix This Fall

Participating artists are Michael Allen, Cheryl Brandon, Sue Chenoweth, Eric Cox, Kathleen Engstrom, Jeff Falk, Todd Grossman, Halldor Hjalmarson, Sarah Hurwitz, Christopher Jagmin, Peter Kuttner, Janet de Berge Lange, Annie Lopez, Melissa McGurgan, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Kim Sweet, Melany Terranova, and Paul Wilson.

"Hot Plate!" is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 4, at R. Pela Contemporary Art. Valet service will be available. -- Katrina Montgomery

Location Info


R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Legend City Studios

521 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Modified Arts

407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Olney Gallery

in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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I went to first friday last night. It turned out to be a bunch of "local artists." what an embarrassing set of displays and a waste of gasoline. never again.

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