Festival season in Phoenix is in full swing and with First Friday holding nothing back, neither should you. Grab your camera, your friends and your pets and head to downtown Phoenix for a fully functional evening of fun, festivities and fine art. Need transportation information? Find it on the Artlink Phoenix website.  

courtesy of Lauren Lee

Courtesy of Lauren Lee


“The show FireSky is about passion, about opening up to beauty as well as pain. It’s about living,” said artist Lauren Lee when asked about her solo show opening this evening at 9 the Gallery, located at 1229 Grand Avenue. Join Lee tonight from 6-10 p.m. for a glimpse in to the storm of emotions that produce an artist, beautifully captured on canvas in a multitude of skyscapes and brilliant color.


Join five of downtown’s most esteemed artists, including Pete Deise, Constance McBride and more for an evening of art at New City Studios. Hosted by Obliq Art, Myopia is an contemporary exhibit that reflects the expressions of the heart through sculpture and”…bridges gaps, both artistic and generational,” said curator Robrt Pela. Truly an inspired show and not one to miss. Doors will be open from 6:30-10 p.m., located at 1300 N. Central Ave. Find more details here.

The Passenger

Shade Projects proudly presents a solo exhibit from local photographer Wayne Rainey, a man cast as a silent watcher recreating fairy tale legends through the lens of his camera. Rainey’s undeniable eye for observations draws the viewer in at precisely the right moment, capturing as well as captivating with his new body of work that is simply stunning. Bokeh Gallery opens its doors from 6-10 p.m. and is located at 214 E. Roosevelt.   

Courtesy of Frost Design Studio

Courtesy of Frost Design Studio

Mixed Palette

Paint PHX is proud to present an evening of sounds and sights as more than 10 artists from this years Paint PHX roster get together for some live painting, lots of laughs and plenty more. Open to all ages at 1504 Grand Ave from 6-9 p.m. Find more info on the Paint PHX website.   

Mutant Pinata Show

Returning for its ninth consecutive year, local art advocate Beatrice Moore is helping artists take pinatas to a whole new level.  You’ll see lots of wacky paper-mache designs ranging from dancing babies to dragons and beyond. Expect to get an eyeful of creativity! Located at Chartreuse Gallery at 1301 Grand Ave from 6-10 p.m.