5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on August 1

Categories: Visual Art

Courtesy of the artist and Modified Arts
Detail of an untitled work by Sasha Lewis's
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows you will not want to miss this Friday.

"Animal Party"

The latest exhibition at Modified Arts really does feel like a party at first glance, with all of the saturated colors and whimsical content; but don't be fooled, there's something more going on on here. Curated by Peter Bugg, "Animal Party" features the work of mixed media artist Alex Benson, painter Sasha Lewis, and sculptor Nathan Lewis (who was recently featured in our 100 Creatives series). The event description really hits the nail on the head: "all together, the work of these three artists will offer a mix of humor and despondency -- a sort of cheerful gloom."

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In one sculptural work by Nathan Lewis, a figure smiles holding the severed head of his compatriot, whose body is crumpled on the ground; the piece is titled "BFFLOL." Art that can induce that kind of simultaneous horror and glee is definitely a worthwhile experience. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or modifiedarts.org.


Organized by Steve Weiss and Rafael Navarro, "H2O" was designed to function as a sort of art oasis at The Lodge during one of the warmest First Fridays we'll see all year. All of the artwork in the exhibition references water, our most precious resource, in some form or another. The show features an all-star line-up of 16 artists: Holly Anderson, Leslie Barton, Tato Caraveo, Yai Cecream, Colin Chillag, Sean Deckert, Bill Dambrova, Mikey Jackson, Ashley Macias, Abbey Messmer, Chris Miller, Rafael Navarro, Katharine Leigh Simpson, Marilyn Szabo, Artist Vladeo, and Steve Weiss. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Location Info


Modified Arts

407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Lodge Art Studio

1231 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Coe House

365 N. 4th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Willo North Gallery

2811 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Eye Lounge

419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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