Mad One Announces Sticker Phiends 6 for Saturday, October 11

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Mad One
Goodbyes are never easy.

So when street artist Mike "Mad One" Neely packed his bags and left for Portland a few years back, we took it pretty hard. Fortunately, the former Phoenix-based artist must have sensed our withdrawal because he's just announced that he's coming back for a one-night-only Sticker Phiends show.


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5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on September 5

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of the artist and 1Spot Gallery
Jeff Slim In the right light(2014)
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this evening.

"Analogue Roulette"

Jeff Slim's name has been popping up everywhere these days. After exhibiting his paintings in "Beyond the Reed" at Palabra's Biltmore Pop-Up last month, Slim is turning to his collaborative stenciling work in "Analogue Roulette" at 1Spot Gallery for the duration of September. Slim works with prints from an array of photographers to create stenciled pieces, adding a new dimension to the original photographs.


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Phoenix's 720 Gallery to Host Fundraiser for Bassim Al-Shaker

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Courtesy 720 Gallery
"Intersections" by Nuna Dow will be on view at 720 Gallery Friday, September 5.

720 Gallery is closing its doors. But before it does, the downtown art venue is hosting one last exhibition and a fundraiser to benefit Bassim Al-Shaker, a local artist who lost several paintings and personal effects when his studio was robbed last month.

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Stephen Gittins Talks Plans for Capture12 on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of Capture12
Capture12 is now located on Roosevelt Row
Stephen Gittins is all about making things happen. "If you're not doing what you want to be doing, you need to create the opportunities," he says. "You have to instill motivation in yourself to push forward and find what you're looking for."

Gittins owns Capture12, a business that started out in 2012 as a photography workshop and has slowly morphed into a multi-functional teaching and exhibition endeavor now nestled in the heart of Roosevelt Row. Earlier this summer, Gittins relocated Capture12 from a back room in MonOrchid to a piece of prime real estate just west of Eye Lounge.


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4 Phoenix Artists Selected for "State of the Art" at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Categories: Visual Art

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Colin Chillag Desert Grave with Daily Schedule, 2013-2014. Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of Jett and Julie Anderson. Photo by Sean Deckert.
Earlier this year we found out that eight Arizona artists were being considered for the "State of the Art: Discovering America Now" exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. We are excited to announce that four of those artists have been chosen to display work in the final show, and they are Colin Chillag, Angela Ellsworth, Monica Aissa Martinez, and Matthew Moore.


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Bassim Al-Shaker's Phoenix Studio Robbed; 10 Paintings Stolen

Categories: News, Visual Art

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Courtesy of ASU/Bassim Al Shaker
This is one of the 10 paintings that was stolen from Bassim Al Shaker's studio.

Bassim Al-Shaker's Phoenix art studio was robbed on the morning of Monday, August 18.

Ten paintings were stolen from Al-Shaker's space at Fourth and McKinley streets in the former location of Nancy Hill's Hazel & Violet. He's been painting there since July. The studio is a quick walk from his residence at Combine Studios, where the Iraqi-born creative formerly worked as an international artist in residence through ASU Art Museum.

Al-Shaker is reportedly devastated.

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40 Favorite Murals in Phoenix

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Katrina Montgomery
Mural by Gennaro Garcia and DOSE

Phoenix is looking colorful lately, and it's not just the usual hues of light and dark beige. Though street art culture dates back decades, the past several years have heralded a new era for murals in our fair city. We've documented the progress in our ongoing series Mural City, but we thought it was about time to compile a list with some of our personal favorites.

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"Soirée in the Garden" Features Mikey Estes and Abigail Lynch in Pop-Up Exhibition at The Sandlot

Categories: Visual Art

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Abigail Lynch
Lynch will have several large photos on display at "Soirée in the Garden"
Who says astroturf can't be classy? On Friday, August 15, The Sandlot is hosting the pop-up exhibition "Soirée in the Garden" featuring sculptures by Mikey Estes and photographs by Abigail Lynch (who was recently featured in our 100 creatives series).

The show is only going to be up for one evening, but it promises to be the ultimate DIY fancy event of the summer.


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Phoenix's 6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival Seeks Artist Submissions

Categories: Visual Art

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Tina Riddle
A scene from last year's Grand Avenue Festival.

It's almost festival time again. The Grand Avenue Members' Association and the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts will team up for the 6th Annual Grand Avenue Festival on Saturday, November 8, held in the Grand Avenue District in downtown Phoenix.

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Phoenix's Bentley Gallery to Represent Ceramicist Jonathan Cross

Categories: Visual Art

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Courtesy of the artist and Bentley Gallery
Breaks, 2014 14 x 7.25 x 6" soda fired stoneware with oxide
This week, Bentley Gallery added a new artist to their already impressive roster. Jonathan Cross is a recent MFA graduate from ASU, who spent time working as a studio assistant to Don Reitz, another ceramicist represented by Bentley.

Cross joins the ranks of popular sculptors Jun Kaneko and James Marshall, whose work is currently on view in Bentley Gallery's August group exhibition.


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