Your guide to all the June First Friday events: Live painting, junk art and a drag show

It's First Friday again in downtown Phoenix and several galleries are open with new exhibitions debuting on June 3.

Roosevelt Row will feature its usual First Friday party with more than 70 art vendors, live music and food carts from 6 to 11 p.m. along Second, Fourth and Fifth streets, which will be closed for the festivities.

The Evolve Gallery at the Welcome Center at 918 Second Street will be showing works by Milenko Mladjenovic and Shane Tucker. The Heard Museum will celebrate Pride Night with a Drag Queen show at 7 p.m. Local tattoo artist Jesus Tatzilla will feature his art at Vertigo Gallery. And Phoenix Art Museum's newest exhibition "Desert Rider" will be free to visit.

Here's your complete guide to June First Friday events.

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‘Body Art and Image’ at Vertigo Gallery

Local tattoo artist Jesus Tatzilla will feature his works at Vertigo Gallery.
Local tattoo artist Jesus Tatzilla will feature his works at Vertigo Gallery.

‘Body Art and Image’ features the work of local tattoo artist, Jesus Tatzilla. Not only a tattoo artist, Tatzilla will showcase his detailed paintings. In addition, several sculptures will be on display that explore issues of dysphoria, disfigurement and the pursuit of physical perfection. First Friday runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Details: Vertigo Gallery, 852 N. Sixth Ave., Phoenix. 602-399-4540, vertigo.gallery.

'Observations' at Olney Gallery

Artists Carrie Behrens, Fred Nack, Ry Sedrick and Dyane Welt will present a collection of drawings and watercolors at their exhibition, “Observations” at the Olney Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. From caricatures to watercolor paintings of migratory birds to ink drawings commemorating lost loved ones, the show will display a wide array of mediums from local artists.

Details: Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. trinitycathedral.com/olney-gallery.

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Pride Night at the Heard Museum

The Heard Museum will feature its first Native Drag Show, hosted by Indigenous Fire Queen of Phoenix, Pyraddiction. Other guests will include Miss New Mexico Pride 2022, Tomahawk Martini, Mx Titos Pride 2022, Te D. DeMornay, K. Yasss Savage, Ritavon DeMornay and Felix. Native LGBTQ poets will begin reading their works at 6 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m.

The Heard Museum offers free admission on First Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.

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

'Desert Rider' at Phoenix Art Museum

Desert Rider explores modes of transportation in the Southwest. Inspired by the counter-cultural developments of the 1960s "Easy Rider" phenomenon, this exhibition displays customized vehicles through the lens of wide open landscapes in the Southwest.

Blending transportation, industry, landscape and identity, the exhibit will feature large-scale installations, prints, and sculptures by Latinx and Indigenous artists including Caro Romero, Douglas Miles, Margarita Cabrera and Liz Cohen.

Details: Through Sept. 18. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 602-257-1880, phxart.org.

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'The Silence' at Eye Lounge

Phoenix-based artist and educator Buzzy Sullivan will feature his photography project, “The Silence.” The project — which Sullivan has worked on since 2017 — will be the first in a sequence of a larger project which he plans to exhibit over three years. The photos map the experience of desolation through landscape photos.

Details: Eye Lounge,  419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-430-1490, eyelounge.com.

Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge

First Friday at Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge will feature live music, live painting, tarot readings and handmade art for sale. The event will run from 8 to 10 p.m.

Details: Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix.

‘Technology will save us’ at Alwun House

The Alwun House, a local arts center in Phoenix, celebrates its 50th anniversary. The House is run by Dana Johnson, left, and his partner, Kim Moody.
The Alwun House, a local arts center in Phoenix, celebrates its 50th anniversary. The House is run by Dana Johnson, left, and his partner, Kim Moody.

Artist Michael Farmer’s new exhibition, ‘Technology Will Save Us All,’ features more than 30 collages, paintings and ready-made objects. The exhibition tells the story of how technology relates to our society today, melded with visual elements from Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Taoism. The First Friday event will run from 6 to 10 p.m.

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

‘Talking Trash: A Junk Art Exhibition’ at FOUND:RE Contemporary

FOUND:RE Contemporary will feature its new exhibition "‘Talking Trash” A Junk Art Exhibition" for June's First Friday event
FOUND:RE Contemporary will feature its new exhibition "‘Talking Trash” A Junk Art Exhibition" for June's First Friday event

‘Talking Trash” A Junk Art Exhibition’ will feature environmentally conscious art by Arizona artists Shari Keith and Claire Ploppet Johnson, all made from found objects. In each work, the artists transform discarded materials like buttons, sunglasses, broken mirrors and road signs into creative compositions. The First Friday event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

The exhibition will be open through Oct. 1.

Details: FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-875-8000, foundrehotels.com/contemporary.

Print a free poster at Hazel and Violet Letter Press on Grand

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

Details: Hazel & Violet Letterpress, 1301 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix. 480-544-2162, hazelandviolet.com.

'Uprooted' at Modified Arts

Modified Arts will feature works by several artists in its newest exhibition "Uprooted."
Modified Arts will feature works by several artists in its newest exhibition "Uprooted."

Modified Arts newest exhibition "Uprooted" will feature the works of several Asian contemporary artists who reside on Akimel O’odham, Hohokam, O'odham Jeweḍ,  Tohono O'odham, Sobaipuri,  Suquamish, Duwamish, Stillaguamish and Coast Salish  sacred lands.

Through their works, the artists will share their reflections on living on these lands as they resist the dangers of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism and feudalism, along with maintaining their cultural ties with their motherlands in the Philippines, Vietnam, China and Korea.

Details: Modified Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix. 317-755-7971, modifiedarts.org.

Amanda Adkin’s ‘Flow’ at Sisao Gallery

Throughout COVID-19, Phoenix artist Amanda Adkins created abstract, eclectic, watercolor paintings. Now, she's showing the body of work at Sisao Gallery for a debut exhibition, "Flow." The secret recipe for the project's success: Each painting was created out of pure enjoyment, Adkins says. Her First Friday event will run 6 to 10 p.m.

Details: Sisao Gallery, 1501 Grand Ave. Phoenix. 516-603-1930, facebook.com/sisaogalleryphx.

Reach the reporter at sofia.krusmark@gannett.com. Follow her on Instagram @sofia.krusmark 

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: First Friday downtown Phoenix: Your guide to the June art walk