Roosevelt Row’s First Friday art walk is officially still on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but people are starting to return and some local art centers are hosting outdoor events to keep the tradition going.
On May 7, the first Friday of the month, a new art exhibition opens at Alwun House along with food trucks in its Art Park.
Looking to check out the Phoenix Art Museum? You can still do so on the cheap on the first Friday of the month. PAM continues to just accept donations for admission on that day.
If you go to the museum, the “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich” exhibition features more than 80 pieces of the iconic designer’s gender-nonconforming designs seen today including the thong, monokini and pantsuits.
Masks are still required in most indoor spaces. Check the website for whichever venue you plan to visit for details.
Here are some events happening in downtown Phoenix for May’s First Friday.
Phoenix Art Museum donation days
Every First Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum offers voluntary-donation hours for general admission and reduced rates to view special-engagement exhibitions including the new “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich” show. Tickets for these special exhibitions are $5.
Details: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880. phxart.org.
Art Park at Alwun House
Starting in May, Alwun House will be hosting Art Park First Fridays. The outdoor event will have food trucks and art vendors with sounds from DJ Scapegoat from 6 to 10 p.m. First Friday is also the date of the opening reception for a new exhibition featuring the Roman artwork of Marek Danielewski of Warsaw, Poland.
Details: Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. alwunhouse.org.
Dance at Pemberton PHX
Downtown Phoenix’s outdoor entertainment space the Pemberton PHX will host an evening of dance featuring Movement Source Dance Company from 7 to 9 p.m. The event also features live music and a screening of the film “Original Dance Films” at FilmBar’s outdoor movie theater at the Pemberton PHX.
Details: The Pemberton PHX, 1121 N. Second St., Phoenix. movementsourcedancecompany.org.
New exhibition at Five15Arts
Susan Risi’s solo exhibit, “Clay, The Dark Side” opens at Five15Arts @ Chartreuse Gallery on First Friday. Risi’s pieces use slabs, coils and textures pressed into black clay that often depict common objects or creatures. The gallery is open Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment. Masks are required.
Details: Five15Arts @ Chartreuse, 1301 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-717-1194. five15arts.com.
5 Star Invitational Art Show at First Studio
First Studio Gallery is hosting an artist reception featuring Kimberley Boege (printmaking), Barbara Dahlstedt (colored pencil and oil painting), Carlos Encinas (painting), Louis Giordano (silkscreening, printmaking), Hristi Wilbur (mixed media).
Details: 6-9 p.m., Friday, May 7, First Studio, 631 N. First Ave., Phoenix. 602-957-7760, firststudio.net.
Meghan O’Connell at Evolve Gallery
The Evolve Gallery hosts a special engagement with artist Meghan O’Connell of Dirty Teacup Designs. O’Connell describes her work, titled “Emotion-Elle’s” as “surreal, peculiar female-centric illustrations that celebrate dichotomies in human nature through mischief & beauty.” The Evolve Gallery will feature a rotating gallery of artists curated by the Roosevelt Row Artist Advisory Council.
Details: 6-10 p.m., Friday, May 7, Evolve Gallery, 918 N. Second St., Phoenix. rooseveltrow.org/events.
Elizabeth Montgomery is Arts and Culture Reporter for The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com. Reach her at [email protected] or 602-444-8764. Follow her on Twitter @emontnews. Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.
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