The holiday season offers fantastic art shows to discover this December First Friday. Here’s another premium short list to get you started.

A reminder from Artlink: in addition to the park and ride hub at the Phoenix Art Museum, there is also a hub at Oasis on Grand, and another at the Arizona Center. Park at any one of these locations and catch the FREE Artlink First Friday trolley that makes it easy to go from one arts area to another.

Trolleys will run in a complete circuit, stopping at each of the hubs in approximately 15-minute intervals. Maps will be available on the trolleys, which make a regular loop on the circuit from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. THE LAST CIRCUIT IS AT 9:30 PM, so make sure you’re heading back to your car or light rail stop by that time. Get the full details on the new route and hubs on the Artlink website.

The next best thing to the trolley ride is the METRO Light Rail line that connects you with Practical Art at Central Ave. and Camelback Rd, Phoenix Art Museum, the Roosevelt/Central stop, and the arts experiences available in the downtown core. THERE IS A FEE to ride Light Rail.

  • Alwun House
    1204 E. Roosevelt St.
    Dec. 6: “Get Your Glow On” Art Event, fundraiser, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • First Studio
    631 N. 1st Ave.
    Dec. 6: Studio Art Bazaar and live music by AJ Odneal, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Five15 Arts
    515 E. Roosevelt
    Dec. 6: Scott Cerasano “Stones, Bones & Chrome,” 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Modified Arts
    407 E. Roosevelt
    Dec. 6: “Roaming with Abandon,” 6:30 p.m.
  • monOrchid
    214 E. Roosevelt
    Dec. 6: Shade Gallery: “Holy Daze,” 6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Dec. 6: Bokeh Gallery: “Between Heaven and Earth,” 6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • {9} The Gallery
    1229 Grand Ave.
    Gallery with coffee and e-cig vape lounge
    Dec. 6: “I Have a Name Project,” 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Phoenix Center for the Arts
    1202 N. 3rd Street
    Family Fridays – Drop-off center for young artists (K-6th grade). Kids create art with adult supervision, while you visit First Friday galleries. $5 per child..
  • R. Pela Contemporary Art
    335 W. McDowell
    Dec. 6: “Jesus! A December Celebration of the Christ,” 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.