With 2016 behind us, the new year offers a contemporary perspective and a host of fresh ideas just waiting to be realized. Here are a few exhibits that should kick 2017 off nicely. Be sure to visit Artlink’s website for more details and information on how to get around First Friday via Ollie the Trolley.

WE ARE: Celestial
The ever-passionate Katharine Leigh Simpson and a slew of technical artists and craftsmen have come together to provide a storybook evening of magic and intrigue as they transform the outside of the Herberger Theater Center, “into a new land of imagination…” Join the story for this one night-only exhibit of limitless possibilities from 6-9 p.m., located at 2nd street and Monroe. Did I mention lasers? Because… lasers!

Courtesy of Katharine Leigh Simpson

Courtesy of Katharine Leigh Simpson

This group exhibit will feature nearly two dozen well-known Native American graffiti artists, including Thomas Breeze and Douglas Miles, from around the country that have come together to show off their talents as they prepare for a large mural project coming in March 2017. Don’t forget to stop by and smell the aerosol from 7-10 p.m. at The Hive Gallery, located at 2222 N. 16th st., more info here.

POP! An Art Show
9 the Gallery will host a group exhibit featuring six local artists, including FunWow and Lyndel Palermo, set in the iconic era of Pop Art. The show will feature a modern take on the time-tested artistic movement that began in the 50’s and has carried through to this day. So be sure to ‘pop’ in and catch an eye full of a cultural classic made contemporary. Doors open from 6-10 p.m., located at 1229 Grand Ave.


Courtesy of John Randall Nelson

Weird West
Artist/Storyteller John Randall Nelson comes to Eye Lounge to portray the Southwest in the only way he knows how: the weird way. And isn’t that how we perceive it as well… wild and a little weird at times? “Jackrabbits, rain drops, Peyote buttons and Narco Hip Hop are the obvious subject matter,” says Nelson about his current body of work which fuses this iconic imagery with his contemporary, abstract style. Doors open from 6-10 p.m. and located at 419 E. Roosevelt. More info here.

Est. 20 Years Strong
Two decades in the making, this anniversary show will feature a collective of graffiti artists such as El Spawk, Nrvek and more. Delivering their own particular brand of specialty street art, this exhibit will be one to remember. Swing through the Grand ArtHaus from 6-10 p.m. for a night or aerosol art, body painting and so much more. Located at 1501 Grand Ave.

The Icehouse has extended its exhibition of the work by Joe Holdren, Eddie Spar and Eric Cox, with the addition of Jason Hugger and Eric Casper. This super group of artists promises to deliver a night of conversation and contemplation… with a BANG! So, swing through 6-10 p.m., located at 429 W. Jackson.