2016 is almost here and ready to start things off with a bang. If the exhibits this First Friday are any indication of what the year has in store for the Phoenix art scene, we are in for a treat! Discover more information about First Friday on the Artlink Phoenix website.

Cats & Guitars Art Show
The title says it all!  Join more than 20 artists, both local and beyond as they pluck heart strings with a uniquely specific show that captures the relationship between our feline friends and the repair/construction of stringed instruments, known as luthiery. Let your curiosity get the best of you with the Chartreuse Gallery at 1301 Grand Avenue from 6-10 p.m.. For more, visit http://www.catsandguitars.com/ 

Cats & guitars. Courtesy of Chartreuse Gallery.

Cats & Guitars. Courtesy of Chartreuse Gallery.

Justin and Abby Queal join their collaborative minds to unleash a new series of work that celebrates fresh perspectives in the new year.  Their methods and materials play an equal role in the portrayal of each concept which is derived from the strength of their relationship.  Join them and 9 the Gallery from 7-10 p.m. at 1229 Grand Avenue.

Beyond Place
Shade Project presents a solo exhibition by Onna Voellmer which showcases a selection of abstract pieces inspired by the artists world travels and time spent in nature.  “Place is something that gets deeply embedded in our consciousness, more like a dream that strings our memories together.“ The MonOrchid is located at 3rd st and Roosevelt and will be open from 6-10 p.m.

Courtesy of the MonOrchid

Courtesy of the MonOrchid

Photographer Joseph Podlesnik will feature a selection of color prints from his recently published book, also titled “Surfaces”, which captures our environment in a unique and intriguing way. Podlesnik uses a host of camera techniques coupled with composition to communicate his ideas and concepts. Bokeh Gallery is located at 214 E. Roosevelt and will be open from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

The Trunk Space will exhibit paintings from a group of artists paying homage to the spineless creatures of world, which shockingly make up 97% of all the life on Earth. From arachnids to protozoa and beyond, these members of the animal kingdom lend themselves to a vast array of artistic influence. Located at 1506 Grand Avenue, doors from 6-9 p.m.