Daily Archives: September 2, 2010

First Friday Picks in Downtown Phoenix

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Tomorrow is First Friday once again, and while the Phoestival street fair remains on hiatus, there is still a lot going on around downtown Phoenix:

After Hours Gallery

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You all remember the Haiti Earthquake disaster and the resulting devastation. Photographer Rodney Rascona was there on the scene and he’s brought back some amazing images — both heart breaking and inspirational.

The show is called THE PINK DOOR PHOTOGRAPHS. You’ll be moved by these personal and uplifting images that capture the incredible spirit of the Haiti people.

These are contrasted in the same show with EVELYN’S STORY — a visual portrait of a surviving mother and her children, on the streets, in one 24-hour period.

PLUS, this amazing series of photos was selected a winner of the 2010 International Photographer Awards in the Deeper Perspectives category. Only 3 out of 15,000 submissions earned this recognition — and when you see the show, you’ll see why.


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Kitchen Sink Studios

The crew from Kitchen Sink Studioswill be featuring the work of local artist Kathy Taylor in their gallery space. And to help you keep cool, they’ll be selling old time sodas from the Soda Pop Shop for a small donation to our gallery. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. KSS is located just a block south of Roosevelt on Third Street.


Coe House

The cool cats at Coe House be hanging out all night with tunes by DJ MoLo and Bryan Mok & Chanelle Richardson (aka The Epileptic Photographers). Artwork by Jon Ashcroft and photos by Jason Garcia will be hanging on the walls. They’ll have a few things to sip, but feel free to bring your own to throw in the fridge or cooler. Stop by Cibo or Local Breeze just up the block for some good grub before heading over!

Curious how to get to Coe House (365 N 4th Ave)? If you’re light railing, it’s 4 blocks west of the Van Buren station. Driving? Parking is available along 4th Avenue (some spots are metered until 8 pm).


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26 Blocks at A.E. England

For the month of September the traveling exhibition 26 Blocks will be exhibited at the Artlink A. E. England Gallery. 26 Blocks is an art project that celebrates downtown Phoenix.

26 of metropolitan Phoenix’s most talented writers were paired with 26 of the City’s most celebrated photographers. Each pair collaborated to create their interpretation of one of 26 randomly selected city blocks in the downtown Phoenix area.

At a time when Arizona and Phoenix are in the national spotlight and our City is often portrayed as a hostile community facing boycotts from other cities and states, 26 Blocks promotes Phoenix in a highly positive way that encourages everyone to look at our incredible home from very different perspectives.


SuTRA Midtown Yoga – District Gallery

Sometimes We Cock Our Heads to The Side So They Think We Have Secrets to Tell is a series inspired by words never said. It focuses on the dreams, desires, and feelings that we let go of in order to maintain a well-crafted persona and the transparency of secrets for those who take the time to look.

Morgan McNally is a mixed media artist based out of Phoenix, Arizona. A former design student currently pursuing a BA in Museum Studies with a minor in painting, she has held residence at holgas and The Firehouse artist cooperatives, and is currently living and working out of her Garfield District studio.

Enjoy a LIVE ACOUSTIC SET by Grace Bolyard.

SuTRA Midtown Yoga – District Gallery is located at 2317 N. 7th Street


The Red Dress Tour (Caminando de Rojo)

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September’s tour will focus on the Roosevelt District, staring from the The Firehouse Gallery at 1015 N 1st St.

These bilingual tours aim to promote the idea of a walkable and connected downtown while introducing participants to their local arts community. And remember, wear something red!

More details here.

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Take “A Closer Look” at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus

[Source: Desert Living Today]

Downtown Phoenix is giving surbanites yet another reason to visit the city’s ever-expanding core, and no, we’re not talking about the opening of Nobuo at Heritage Square.

The Vault Gallery at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus is launching their third exhibition, A Closer Look, a seven artist expo that begins Sept. 3.

Source: Desert Living Today

Featuring up and coming as well as established female artists from around the Valley, the four-month long Vault Gallery showcases multiple photographs, oil and acrylic paintings, and intimate drawings that contain meanings only a closer look can reveal. Given the building’s past as an outpost for the now defunct First National Bank of Arizona, the fortress-like structure invites visitors into its tight quarters with original vault doors and entryways.

Candace Eisenfeld, a Tempe artist who is showcasing her work at the gallery, says,

“The multiple images within my work comment upon simultaneous observations of reality within a historical perspective and the ambiguities that divide them…I don’t believe in universal truths, only perceptions of reality.”

The gallery runs from Sept. 3 to Dec. 18.

Lower level of University Center, 411 N. Central Ave.

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Vote now for the Downtown Phoenix Public Market!

Arizona Homegrown Solutions has been selected as one of 41 finalists across the country for a chance to win $20,000 through a grant from Tom’s of Maine. The fund will install four water-harvesting cisterns at area nonprofits, including the Downtown Phoenix Public Market. It will also provide green job training for under served populations and free water-harvesting classes for the public.

You have until September 10 to vote, so vote now! Scroll down to Arizona Homegrown Solutions, Phoenix, Arizona. Every vote counts!

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