5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on July 4

Categories: Visual Art

Katrina Montgomery
Detail of Elysia Holland Michaelsen's "Replan Your Work Rework Your Plan" at Eye Lounge
First Friday heats up tomorrow with creative works going up all over the city. This month, Phoenix's favorite art-filled evening falls on the Fourth of July. Artlink's First Friday Trolley Tour will be taking a brief hiatus for the holiday weekend, but don't let that deter you. Most galleries and art spaces will still be open.

Here are our picks for shows you will not want to miss this Friday.

Halt Gallery Summer Shows

Halt Gallery has two big shows up this month: Laura Spalding Best's "7th Street to 7th Avenue" at Hot Box Gallery and Elysia Holland Michaelsen's "Replan Your Work, Rework Your Plan" in the project room at Eye Lounge. We've talked before about how well these exhibitions are suited to their respective locations.

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What we haven't mentioned yet is that the artwork itself is to-die-for. Both Best and Michaelsen know how to bring out the little details in an artwork. Michaelsen's tiny sculptural pieces are full of texture and depth. And in Best's series of streetscape paintings, you can pick out the changing color of the sunset reflecting off of the light poles. This Friday's closing receptions for each show will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or check out haltgallery.com.

"Future Shock"

This group exhibition at Frontal Lobe Gallery has one of the best artist line-ups we have seen in a while. "Future Shock" features artwork from Tato Caraveo, JB Snyder, Joshua Rhodes, Oscar Chavez, KC MacGregor, Ishmale Dueñas, and Scott Biersack. Admittedly, we're going into this one a little blind, but we have high expectations. The opening reception will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. The show runs through August 15. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or check out Frontal Lobe.

Location Info


Hot Box Gallery

408 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Eye Lounge

419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Frontal Lobe Gallery at Bragg's Pie Factory

1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Five15 Gallery

515 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Modified Arts

407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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