August is upon us and we have a great line up for tomorrow’s First Friday. Grab a friend and maybe and umbrella, for an evening of intrigue as Phoenix proves once more why it has one of the best Art Walks in the Nation. These are just a few of the exhibits that caught our eye. More info on Artlink Phoenix’s website. 

Courtesy of 9 the Gallery

Courtesy of 9 the Gallery

Healing Waters

Holly Anderson and Jessica Speer, aka L.B. Paintings, have joined their collaborative efforts to create a new and unique body of work unlike anything they have done before. By layering abstraction with representation and depicted through the illusion of swirling blue depth, the figures will burst forth from the canvas in new and unexpected ways. Join 9 the Gallery and the artists for a fantastic exhibit from 6-10 p.m., located at 1229 Grand Avenue. 


Shade Projects is happy to showcase the work of Texas artist, Angel Cabrales. His metaphorical playground installation and large-scale sculpture brings to life the restrictions on culture being experience today through boarder placement and militarization of our police. Truly an eye opening exhibit that is sure to get you talking. Open from 6-10 p.m. at 3rd St. and Roosevelt. Head to the MonOrchid’s website for more info. 

Courtesy of Abe Zucca

Courtesy of Abe Zucca


Thicker than water, this exhibit from local artist, Abe Zucca goes deep. Using his signature style, Zucca displays a series of large-scale works depicting the human form, brought to life through bold colors and broad brush strokes. His heavy textures give a sense of intent and deliver an eerie humanist quality that penetrates the soul. Swing by from 6-10 p.m. at 1301 Grand Ave.

Nature in Motion

Just next door at Chartreuse Gallery, you find the second show of a summer series from refugee artist, Thuong Nguyen. Born in Vietnam, Nguyen moved to Arizona in 1975 and fell in love with the desert wilderness which acts as the inspiration and catalyst for his work, combined with his traditional teachings and appreciation of his culture. By bringing the two together, Nguyen is able to bring to life a unique take on the beauty of nature and artwork. Open from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here. 

Telecast for Television

This is where we get a little weird. Local artist Steve Gompf brings still photographs to life through subtle animation processes that will fuse the images together in abstract ways. This process represents the way our subconscious combines and assembles images during our dreams to, “…create a new world of ethereal and thought provoking characters.”  This one night-only event will be open from 6-10 p.m. at 408 E. Roosevelt.  See you there!