September is the month First Friday makes a comeback each year after its summer lull. With the monsoons mostly over with, the ASU students back on campus and the local urge to re-emerge, the free downtown Phoenix art walk should draw a big crowd. Here are five art shows worth taking a look at this First Friday, September 4 from 6-10pm.
Featuring the work from five local photographers, this show takes a closer look at the beauty of the desert monsoon from behind the safety of a lens. The images come from all over Arizona, giving the viewer a grander perspective on the sheer mass of these storms as they sweep across the state. Drive-Thru Gallery & Studio is located at 918 N 6th Street.
“Sex, Cars and Cows, Taming the Wild West”
Featuring the work from award-winning, Tucson based artist, Skip Bailey and seasoned, Phoenix based artist, Jack Adams. This show promises to take watercolor to the next level through depictions of the Southwest in an array of style and subject matter. Alwun House kicks this event off from 7-10pm and is located at 1204 E Roosevelt Street.
“No Sense of Wonder”
Featured in the main lounge space at Eye Lounge, Japanese native artist, Takashi Hara explores both joy and sorrow simultaneously through his personal narrative work, depicted through images of swine and reflecting on the tendencies of society to cage human ambition. Eye Lounge will also exhibit Phoenix based, national artist, Wil Munny. His show, “A Few Canvas That I Painted and Their Secret Meanings” is Munny’s one and only show for 2015. Eye Lounge is located at 419 E Roosevelt Street.
“Cumbia Dance Party at Phoenix Art Museum”
The title says it all! The Phoenix Art Museum is presenting a special event, pop-up dance party featuring DJ Lengua, La Diabla, with performances by Liliana Gomez and more. The museum will feature its Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art from their private collection, as well as others, in the celebration of Spanish heritage and culture. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N Central Avenue and is one of four Phoenix Artlink Trolley Hubs.
“Art In Motion”
Shade Gallery, inside the MonOrchid is proud to present the vibrant work of Gennaro Garcia. This multi-media exhibit brings together the diverse passions and processes of Garcia, explored through a vast array of mediums and techniques that take root in the artists Catholic upbringing and reflect his duality through his Mexican and American heritage. Located just beyond the main gallery inside Bokeh Gallery, artist Noe Badillo will exhibit his, “Early work 1994-1999″ which gives the viewer an intimate look at the perspective of a photographer in his early beginnings. The MonOrchid is located at 214 E Roosevelt Street.
“”Music!” First Friday at The Heard Museum”
Okay, I know we said five must-see places, but Phoenix is bursting at the seems with culture this First Friday! The Heard Museum will host an evening of events featuring Navajo jeweler Vernon Begay, free gallery admission and performances by the Catalyst Quartet and the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP). Additional performances by Navajo composers Raven Chacon and Michael Begay will be held in the Steele Auditorium for a general admission ticket for $10. Additional information may found at www.heard.org.
For more information on First Friday, please visit www.artlinkphoenix.com
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
A week ago, Kimber Lanning, Downtown Phoenix Inc. board member and Local First Arizona executive director, shared with me some interesting observations from attendees of the national BALLE Conference on Localism held in Phoenix in June. Hundreds of Localist leaders from across the U.S. visited Downtown Phoenix to talk about the best practices for building strong local economies. Here are some of the comments received from conference-goers about their stay:
- “I didn’t know much about Phoenix before this conference. I feel like I got a privileged view of so many amazing people and initiatives working to address their challenges in creative and collaborative ways. I now love this city and would love to come back.”
- “I had no idea Phoenix had such a vibrant arts district!”
- “I am an Arizona resident but don’t live in the Phoenix area. I was very impressed with how many committed, thoughtful organizations and activists are doing great work in city… The city was far more walkable than I anticipated and the [welcome] guide was very helpful.”
- “Phoenix has so much life, energy, pulse that I didn’t know about.”
- “I’ve always thought of Phoenix as a pretty rough place. I was impressed not only by the downtown but, significantly, by the passion of the folks working on local issues.”
- “I live in the East Valley of Phoenix and never come downtown. After my time at the BALLE Conference I realized I have been missing a big part of my town. Downtown Phoenix is really coming into its own. I will return.”
- “[Phoenix] is much greener than I expected!”
With those kind and positive words, I could stop right now, but there’s a lot more news and information to share about downtown:
IN THE PINK
- ASU ends on-campus psychiatric-care program
- ASU provides hope for an iconic downtown building and its residents
- UA & St. Joe’s Cancer Center comes to Downtown Phoenix
- How the UA Dignity Health cancer center almost wasn’t
- Will South Phoenix Light Rail affect your health?
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
- How transit spurred downtown growth, and could shape the whole city
- Banner to Midtown Phoenix neighbors: 3 years of construction
- Chicanos Por La Causa Pickle House incubator wins $50K SBA grant
- Condo project to take shape near Park Central Mall
- Downtown Phoenix’s growing residential boom shown in new study
- Hotel Monroe construction causes closure of Central Avenue
- New “one-stop shop” for homeless vets opens in Phoenix
- Phoenix asks for new bids for 100-year-old “Psycho” building
- Westward Ho owners get fed-backed loan for upgrades
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
- Be Coffee opens on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix
- Breweries craft expansions after drafting state law to boost production
- Cibo is a tasty, charming gem in Downtown Phoenix
- Downtown Phoenix storefronts in detail
- 15 places to eat near ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus
- Phoenix food truck looks to spice up Food Network show
- Summer dining deals around downtown, metro Phoenix
- Ten Best Kids’ Menus in downtown, metro Phoenix
- The Bosque plant boutique opens on Roosevelt Row
- Two restaurants to open in shared space in Downtown Phoenix
- WebPT ranks on Inc. 5000 list of nation’s fastest growing companies
- Burton Barr Central Library looking for artists to feature in 2016 gallery
- Emerging designers present at downtown preview of Phoenix Fashion Week
- First Fridays August music guide for Downtown Phoenix
- Mural in Downtown Phoenix highlights plight of migrants
- Nic Wiesinger founds Rhetorical Galleries in Downtown Phoenix
- Theater in Downtown Phoenix keeps its ear to the ground
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
- A prudent college path
- ASU boasts diverse achievers in freshman class
- ASU student move-in is a welcome sight for Downtown Phoenix
- Phoenix banks on Peter Pan theory of Millennials
- Young African leaders complete civic leadership training at ASU
- Coyotes’ biggest question: Is there a future in Glendale?
- Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon celebrates 40 years
- The one guy who can keep four pro sports in the Valley
SAVE THE DATE (UPCOMING EVENTS)
- AIA Placemaking Series Panel Discussion on “Work,” Aug. 20
- Space Between Grand Opening, Aug. 21
- Get Your PHX Vote On with Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, Aug. 22
- Roosevelt Row Artist Meet & Greet, Aug. 25
- Artist Grants Information Session & Grantwriting Workshop, Aug. 26
- Marine Week Events, Sept. 10-13
- Urban Ale Trail, Sept. 12
- Phoenix Public Market launch of Downtown Sundown, Sept. 24
Congratulations to Lindsay Kinkade who provided DPI staff with excellent strategic communication and design support in creating our new #dtphx brand. Lindsay was just appointed Design Director of ASU’s Enterprise Marketing Hub. Her job will be to lead design in the Hub to collaborate across campus in building tools to tell the story of ASU far and wide. She will also continue to teach in The Design School and advocate for all good things downtown.
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Phoenix Center for the Arts has partnered with The Breadfruit & Rum Bar, Roosevelt Row CDC, and State Representative Ken Clark to present Spirit of the Arts, a truly unique fundraiser that seeks to repair and beautify one of the most visible buildings in Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix Center for the Arts. Spirit of the Arts will be held Saturday, August 15, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Local and nationally acclaimed artists from all mediums have been commissioned to convert discarded rum bottles from The Breadfruit & Rum Bar into works of art. Proceeds from the auction of these art works will be used towards the improvement of the building. Participating artists include Oliverio Balcells, Curt Condrat, Ingrid Donaldson, Greg Esser, Cynthia Flores de Zarza, Kay Grams, Lauren Henschen, Kristine Kollasch, Bob Martin, Hugo Medina, Rick Naimark, Kat Perez, Fred Ullrich Jr., and Denise Yaghmaourian. Event tickets cost $75 each and can be purchased by visitingphoenixcenterforthearts.org/spirit. VIP tickets are available for $125. All tickets include complimentary beverage tickets.
The evening’s festivities include rum samples, live music, art, silent auction, raffle, delicious food from Paz Cantina and Fair Trade Cafe, beer and wine, and theArizona Storytellers Project, emceed by Rachel Egboro with storytellers Dwayne Allen, Mari Giddings, Dan Hull, and Pnina Levine.
Since 2011, the Arizona Storytellers Project has been dedicated to the idea that oral storytelling and journalism have the same goals: serving and reflecting a community while fostering empathy among those people. These nights blend the authenticity and hype-free discipline of storytelling as an art form, with the truthfulness, community-building and empowerment.
Over the past year, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar has collected hundreds of these rum bottles, which would have otherwise ended up as trash, to support this endeavor. “These bottles came from rum-producing regions all over the world, says The Breadfruit & Rum Bar Co-Owner, Dwayne Allen. “Each bottle has been carefully considered and crafted to embody the spirit its origin. These bottles have intrinsic value and can serve to inspire and delight just as they did when they were filled with rum. As they collect dust, their labels fade, they crack and chip from neglect. Similarly, the Phoenix Center for the Arts campus, though well-used and well-loved, is cracked, chipped, and faded. It deserves to be ‘dusted off’ and given a chance to shine as our front door to downtown Phoenix.”
Phoenix Center for the Arts is a non-profit operated City of Phoenix facility that borders Margaret T. Hance Park (also known as the Deck Park) on Third Street, just north of Roosevelt. The City acquired the campus – a former Baptist church – in 1975 when construction of Interstate 10 began. Since then, the facility has continued to serve thousands of Valley residents each and every year. The Center has truly blossomed in the past 4 years since “going nonprofit,” having grown by nearly 500% since 2011. Most recently, the buzz behind the new Hance Park Master Plan has increased the Center’s visibility and bolstered community awareness of Phoenix Center for the Arts’ role in shaping our local culture and arts community.
The southbound Third Street corridor has long been considered a major gateway to downtown Phoenix. It offers a magnificent view of the Downtown skyline that ushers motorist and pedestrians into the urban heart of the City of Phoenix, as well as the State of Arizona. One cannot help but notice the historic red brick building, which boasts a majestic staircase and monumental pillars. The mere sight of it conjures memories of downtown Phoenix in its formative years.
“Unfortunately, as it sits today, this great piece of our community’s history is in a state of relative disrepair, says State Representative, Ken Clark. “We are excited to work with community leaders to bring back the building’s original charm in support of arts in Arizona.” The building itself is 84 years old and has served the community as an Arts Center for nearly 40 years. In fact, the Spirit of the Arts event will serve as the first of many Anniversary events.
Joseph Benesh, Director of Phoenix Center for the Arts states: “This is about placemaking and historic preservation. Our objective is to return the Phoenix Center for the Arts facade to a state that accurately represents the value of its history, the importance it holds for our community today, and the potential it will possess in years to come.”
In DPJ’s Street Style PHX series, Kammie Kobyleski hits the streets in search of the looks that define our city style.
“Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak.”
While fashion magazines are preparing their Fall Fashion previews and sharing what’s #trending from the runway (btw…watch for Victorian Grunge, Clashing Prints and Menswear for Women), Phoenicians are still living what feels like an endless summer.
A recent Saturday night took me to the DeSoto Central Market, searching for dinner, where I stumbled upon Valerie Denison, a registered nurse from North Phoenix, as she was sharing a glass of wine with a friend. Of course, I interrupted and had to ask…
What are you wearing?
Valerie caught my eye with her one-piece, strapless pants suit (some call them palazzo pants – I call them fabulous), “This is from Cache. I’m curvy and like things to fit my body, so things need to fit right.” Her simple stud earrings, long gold and black necklace, and small black sequined clutch were all evidence of Valerie’s elegant evening style. (I literally tore a picture of this outfit out of an InStyle magazine that morning while sitting in my hair stylists chair! Shhh…don’t tell my stylist I’m tearing up her magazines).
Favorite places to shop?
Growing up in Peoria, Valerie is no stranger to endless summers and says she finds fun and trendy items at Buffalo Exchange, and unique custom accessories at various Phoenix farmers markets and local boutiques.
If you could raid one style icon’s closet, who would it be?
Giuliana Rancic (celebrity subject matter expert, Fashion Police co-host and host of multiple shows on E!) because “she’s kind of classic with a little bit of edge”.
What about living in PHX influences your style?
“I’m mostly about cost and fit. I’m curvy and like things to fit my body, so things need to fit right. I want to look and feel good in my clothes.”
Well played, Valerie…well played.
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RadiatePHX Kicks Off Season of Arts and Education
Second Year of Monthly Networking Event Returns August 18
August signals a return to classrooms for students across the Valley, and in Downtown Phoenix students are putting their noses to both books and music sheets.
This summer edition of RadiatePHX will bring business, community, and city leaders together to learn about the arts and education organizations that contribute to our community.
This month’s program features remarks from Joseph Benesh, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Leah Fregulia Roberts, with Arizona School for the Arts, and Phil Weddle from the Hance Park Master Plan design team. Plus, get updates on upcoming arts initiatives and exciting happenings taking place throughout greater downtown.
• What: RadiatePHX
• When: Tuesday, August 18, 5-7 p.m.(program begins at 6 p.m.)
• Where: Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd Street 85004
• Cost: FREE, with cash bar and complimentary bites
• Park/Ride: Limited parking on site. Ride or walk from Valley Metro Rail station at Roosevelt St. and Central Ave.
• RSVP: August RadiatePHX