By now, most readers have probably heard about the 26 Blocks exhibit that been making its way around town (and is now being shown at CityScape, if you haven’t you can find out more about the project here: 26blocks.com.
Basically it is a multi media exhibit featuring 26 of Phoenix’s best photographers, 26 of Phoenix best writers and 26 downtown Phoenix city blocks along with 1 of the city’s best sculptors.
Buoyed by the success of their exhibit, the 26 Blocks team is taking the project to the next level. On First Friday December 3rd, they are launching a FREE iPad application of 26 Blocks at CityScape. This free, all ages event will feature a street party, live music featuring Mr. Meeble, live art feature Dumperfoo, a beer garden benefit Ear Candy Charity and a iPad raffle!
To help cover the costs of the launch, 26 Block is seeking support from the community. They are looking to collect 300 donations of $26 each for the 26 Blocks iPad App Launch party before midnight, this coming Friday. In return, 26 Blocks will put every donor name on the iPad App. if they receive 400 donations, they will include a link from your name on the iPad app to your website! It’s 100% tax-free and you can gift a friend’s name.
If they collect 299 donations or less, your $26 donation will still enjoys 100% tax-free status & you will still get that warm fuzzy feeling knowing your $26 is making the 26 Blocks free music & art celebration for Phoenix possible… but no names will be on the iPad app.
If you can’t make a donation, no worries; you can still come out and celebrate the launch of the app on Friday night!
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
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.
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.
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).
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)
Local performance artists Kara Roschi and Ernesto Moncada present The Red Dress Tours (Caminando de Rojo): a series of free artist-led tours taking place in downtown Phoenix arts districts over three consecutive First Fridays beginning in September.
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.
[Source: Phoenix Community Alliance]
26 Blocks was created by Joey Robert Parks, a local ghostwriter who was tired of the bad reputation Phoenix holds for many people inside and outside Arizona. Parks says comparing Phoenix to other big cities like Portland, Seattle or New York City, is like comparing your wife or girlfriend to another woman.
“You’d never tell your wife she’s beautiful, but not as pretty or exciting to be around as some other woman. A big part of 26 Blocks is showing people how awesome and unique Phoenix is in its own right,” says Parks.
Like the 26 alphabet blocks a child uses to stack or build words at playtime, Parks chose 26 city blocks as the foundation of the exhibit. 26 Blocks features 26 of the most celebrated photographers in Phoenix, 26 of the most talented writers in Phoenix and one of the best sculptor/painters in Phoenix.