Here’s your guide to the first Friday of January in downtown Phoenix

A new year offers plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the remarkable art that can be found all over metro Phoenix. Both current exhibits and new shows will be on display in downtown Phoenix during the first first Friday art walk of the year on Jan. 7. Here are a few we recommend you check out.

Oh, and since ommicron is everywhere these days, many galleries will request or require a face covering. Mask on.

Zarco Guerrero is one of the subjects of the

Zarco Guerrero is one of the subjects of the “Artists and Cats” show at Abe Zucca Gallery.

Philip Talarico

Abe Zucca Gallery

There is a special bond between people and their pets, and so are members of the local art scene. Photographer Philip Talarico has captured the images of a number of Phoenix artists and their feline friends in the aptly named “Artists and Cats” exhibit at Abe Zucca Gallery, 1301 Grand Avenue. Topics include well-known creatives such as Zarco Guerrero, Mayme Kratz and Kyllan Maney. The first Friday is from 18:00 to 22:00 Jennifer Goldberg

Alwun House

Alwun House showcases an eclectic assortment of light-based and light-inspired works by local creatives working in mediums such as neon, fire, LED lighting, mixed media and more. The “Lighthouse” closing takes place on the first Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Look for works of art in the gallery and garden, mingle with artists and enjoy hot cider. Lynn Trimble

Eye Lounge

For “A Boundless Spirit”, his solo exhibition at Eye Lounge, Charles Kurre will display artworks reflecting the impact of the natural world on both his identity and his creative process. The artist describes himself as a backcountry adventurer, urban explorer and avid gardener. Here he presents “a narrative synthesis measured in time and memory.” The first Friday is from 18:00 to 21:00 Lynn Trimble

First Studio

Your chance to see a group exhibition titled “Abstracted Reality”, which opened on the first Friday in December, will take place from 6-9pm at First Studio, a creative space where you can also find exterior wall art. Featured performers include Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Johnny Kerr, and Indigo. The exhibition includes photographs, as well as works made with acrylic, oil and spray paint. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Children & Fish by Yunie LeNoue is on display at Five15 Arts in Chartreuse.  - YUNIE LENOUE

Kids & Fish by Yunie LeNoue will be on display at Five15 Arts in Chartreuse.

Yunie LeNoue

Five15Arts @ Chartreuse

Five15Arts at 1301 Grand Avenue will host the opening reception of “Schooling,” a Yunie LeNoue solo exhibition, from 6-9pm. For LeNoue, the power and beauty of the world are expressed in her artwork through groups of things like animals and people. Schools of fish represent freedom of movement, while dogs symbolize comfort and confidence. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge A display of Joan Waters' new artwork, See-Hear-Sing-Fly, at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel.  - JOAN WATERS

A display of Joan Waters’ new artwork, See-Hear-Sing-Fly, at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel.

Joan Waters

FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel

FOUND:RE will unveil its new poolside art installation by Joan Waters during a reception held from 6-9pm. titled See-Hear-Sing-Fly from her ‘Urban Primitives’ series, the piece consists of discarded satellite dishes that have been repurposed and transformed into masks. Also on display are the ongoing exhibitions “FOCAL POINTS: Minimal VS Maximal” and “MORE IS MORE: A Maximalism Exhibition” on the ground floor of the hotel and in the studio space opposite the pool. The hotel is located at 1101 North Central Avenue. Jennifer Goldberg

click to enlarge Discover the art of paper dresses at the Phoenix Art Museum.  - JUDY GOLDBERG

Discover the art of paper dresses at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Judy Goldberg

Phoenix Art Museum

There’s plenty to see at the Phoenix Art Museum this first Friday, admission is free from 3pm to 7pm. In addition to the museum’s extensive permanent collection, you can see the ‘Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s’ fashion exhibit, which features more than 80 paper outfits and accessories. The museum is located at 1625 North Central Avenue. Jennifer Goldberg

Sisao Gallery

If you missed the “2 Players, 2 Quarters” exhibition by father and son Such and Champ Styles at Vision Gallery in Chandler in 2020, you have a second chance to see it. “2 players, 2 quarters: rematch!!!” opens on the First Friday at Sisao Gallery, 1501 Grand Avenue. The colorful video game themed works are a sight to behold. Estero Beach Tacos will be on site in case all that art gets you hungry. The first Friday is from 18:00 to 22:00 Jennifer Goldberg

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