Your guide to the May Art Walk

Events on the first Friday in May include a wide variety of delicacies.

This first Friday will feature a variety of works from a new lowrider art exhibit ‘Desert Rider’ at the Phoenix Art Museum, ‘Eden’ at New City Studio which features mediums like watercolors and floral designs and works by l visual artist Rodrigo de Toledo at Arts Altered on Roosevelt.

Additionally, Roosevelt Row will feature its monthly Art Walk with art vendors and live music from Just Common. Artopia, an immersive pop-up art experience in the valley, will feature street performers and art exhibits. Food vendors will also be along the street and 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th streets will be closed along Roosevelt. The art walk, music and vendors will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Here are some highlights from the events of the first Friday in May.

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“Unmasked” at the Roosevelt Row Evolve Gallery

See digital works by Dustin Lopez and acrylic paintings by Harley Holt at Roosevelt Row Evolve Gallery’s ‘Unmasked Exhibit’. The show will be presented at the Visitor Centre.

Details: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 1. Roosevelt Row Gallery 918 N. Second St., Phoenix.

‘Eden’ at New City Studio

New City Studio’s newest show, “Eden,” will showcase the beauty of nature. The exhibition will feature 20 local artists from all mediums including drawing, watercolour, photography, poetry, floral design, sculpture and mixed media.

First Friday will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the studio open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday through May 22.

Details: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 1. New City Studio, 1300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

‘Salvage’ by Susan Allred at the Eye Lounge

In this exhibition, Susan Allred gives new life to old objects. From heaps of scraps to a 50-year-old duvet top, Allred rescues and creates an art exhibition infused with new purpose. It was during the time of isolation that Allred created this new one-of-a-kind exhibition that encourages any art lover to see the beauty of change and rebirth.

“Salvage” will run until May 15.

Details: Eye Salon: 419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-430-1490,

‘Kin’ at Modified Arts

Kin – a new series of paintings by Flagstaff-based Brazilian visual artist Rodrigo de Toledo – tells the story of fantastical ancestors in the form of ageless temple portraits.

The exhibition reflects the beginnings of painting from Toledo to Rio de Janeiro, ultimately displaying a playfulness in the mythological realm. He mixes comics, cartoons, graphics and his style of graffiti in paintings on aged canvas surfaces.

Details: Altered Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix. 317-755-7971,

‘State of Mind’ at the Olney Gallery

Head to the Olney Gallery to see works by Carlos Cordova, Sandra Luehrsen, and Ellen Nemetz in their “State of Mind” exhibit.

Cordova creates graphite designs through warm earth tones and sand colors. Luehrsen creates clay sculptures and mixed media prints to create trees, gardens, skies, suns, planets and stars. And Nemetz embellishes current emotions and issues by “painting animals in unlikely situations,” according to a press release.

Details: Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St. Phoenix.

“Order Request” at Five15Arts

“Seeking Order” brings together a new collection from long-time Five15Arts member Joan Thompson with works by guest Lorraine Shwer. Thompson, a Five15Arts member for 20 years, will present bold, geometric and abstract multimedia works in two-dimensional formats. Thompson has been a member of the Five15Arts collective for 20 years.

Shwer’s work counters Thompson’s work with his three-dimensional, biomorphic, and multicolored ceramic works. The first Friday event will run from 6-9pm

Details: Five15Arts @ Chartreuse, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-859-0247,

Comurshy psychedelic painting at Alwun House

Alwun Houses Art Park will become an arts market filled with more than a dozen art vendors offering live painting as well as unique jewelry and clothing, among other art mediums. For his exhibition at the First Friday gallery,

Alwun House will also feature Phoenix-based multimedia artist Comurshy. His style mixes spray and brush painting to create psychedelic character portraits of real and fictional subjects. Additionally, Art Park will feature a Filipino food truck accompanied by music from DJ Scapegoat.

First Friday events will take place from 6-10 p.m.

Details: Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-253-7887,

“Desert Rider” at the Phoenix Museum of Art

Desert Rider is an exhibit that explores modes of transportation in the Southwest. Inspired by the counter-cultural developments of the “Easy Rider” phenomenon of the 1960s, this exhibit showcases custom vehicles through the lens of the open landscapes of the Southwest.

The exhibition, which blends transportation, industry, landscape and identity, will feature large-scale installations, prints and sculptures by Latino and Indigenous artists, including Caro Romero, Douglas Miles, Margarita Cabrera and Liz Cohen.

Details: Until September 18. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 10am-7pm Wednesday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. 602-257-1880,

Print a poster at Hazel & Violet Letterpress

Print a free poster on Grand Avenue at Hazel & Violet Letterpress, open 5-10 p.m. on the first Friday. The store also has cards, coasters, calendars, and stationery available for purchase.

Details: Hazel & Violet Letterpress, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 480-544-2162,

‘Southwest Silverwork’ at the Heard Museum

The Heard Museum exhibits “Southwest Silverwork, 1850-1940”, which documents more than 100 years of Aboriginal silverwork from the early 1850s to the years before World War II. Spectators can walk through this gallery and trace the evolution of silversmithing in the Southwest over the years. Navajo and Pueblo jewelry, among other silver items, will be on display.

“Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art” — which features paintings and sculptures by Native American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries — is on view through October 23.

The Heard Museum is offering free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. this first Friday. The Coffee Cantina and Books & More will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. 602-252-8840,

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