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Friday, January 01, 2010

First Friday Las Vegas January 1st, 2010

Well I have to say I cannot remember the last time First Friday has fallen on the first of the year. Many of us will already be at the Arts Factory bringing in the New Year at the Galactic Dec-a-dance so we will just have to continue the celebration well into Friday night.

Here is a list of events that are happening and there is so much more too!

For more information please visit First Friday
Las Vegas @ www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org

January 1, 2010 6:00 pm -10:00 pm

Come down this month to enjoy both visual and performance art! . There will be tiki carving, video and djs on stage, live improv on the street, artist, vendors and more!

We will be hosting more than 100 artists on the sidewalks and in the gallery spaces within the outdoor festival area on Casino Center Blvd and Colorado.

Thanks to Frankie's Tiki Room (under after parties) and Cricket Studios (under Arts Factory) we have a new printed map which may be picked up in the Arts District area and on First Friday at the information table in front of The Funk House.

Be sure to stop by the First Friday info table (in front of The Funk House) to buy your raffle tickets for the great Premium Outlets gift basket we have for January, including a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE, Guess and more! (do not have to be present to win)

Donate to support First Friday: http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/fundraise.html

El Cortez/First Friday Express Trolley

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino joined with First Friday and is sponsoring an Express Trolley. The trolley will take patrons from the El Cortez, 600 East Fremont Street at the Cortez Garden Gateway (with 1,200 free parking spaces in the garage and also valet) to The Funk House Trolley Stop at First Friday (and back again). The bus will run from 6:00 p.m.(starting at the El Cortez) until 10:00 p.m. with the last First Friday stop at approximately 9:30 p.m. Take advantage of the convenient parking and avoid traffic after the event. You can also enjoy the Entertainment District's First Friday after parties when you arrive back at the El Cortez.


Buy a Best Friend of First Friday card and help support your favorite Las Vegas arts event ($25). We also have special "I 'heart' First Friday" t-shirts available for just $7 (for 7 years) at the Friends of First Friday Information Table.

City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans!


Below is a partial listing of our Outdoor Artist Exhibitions:

Gina Quaranto--paintings

Larry Bennett--charcoal, drawings, paintings

Lucy Lee Alverson--paintings on wood and found objects


Digital Visual and Music Exhibition by David Chow


Art @ The Funk House
Showing Maranda Espinosa from Jan 1-Feb 2, 2010. Check out her sorrowful big eyed girls and whimsical animal paintings. 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. LV, NV 89104 702.678.6278   www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com       

Brett Wesley Gallery
A Phenomenal Photography Show. Dec 3 - Jan 29. This amazing collection will feature world renowned and emerging photographers rarely seen in Las Vegas. Experience works from LaChapelle, Watson, Fuss, Joon, Drebin, Barbey, Stillman, Blackmon and more. This exhibition is not to be missed. Only at Brett Wesley. Exhibition Dates: Dec. 3, 2009 – Jan. 29, 2010 Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  702.433.4433, inquire@brettwesley.com, http://www.brettwesleygallery.com

The Box Office
Showing new artists each month 1129 S. Casino Center, one block north of The Funk House 6-10pm

City of the World Gallery
Sue Garn and Sandy Zinkevich, January’s featured artists, invite you to view and enjoy their art and photography. Sue, an art educator for over 36 years, and Sandy, an accomplished photographer, will be on hand to meet with you and show their artwork on First Friday.


Gaia flowers • gifts • art
Through January, Gaia features recent and earlier works by local painter Dan Hooker, who describes his art as "a never-ending itch, a need to create..." Also showing, an exploration of global metaphysics by B.J. Lipari. Starting with canvas and prayer mats, Lipari combines paint, ink, dye, found objects and more into complex observations of belief systems. 702-997-0222.

Retro Vegas
Featured artist is Clifford James Klinkhammer. CJ is a native of Las Vegas and after many years in education and the hotel and casino business began his self taught art career in 2002. CJ creates abstract art utilizing techniques with oil and acrylic paint on glass metals, paper and canvas.. Open First Friday11am-10pm..1211 S. Main St. OPEN FIRST FRIDAY 6-10PM--Antiques--Furnishings--Accessories--Art. Call 702.384.2700 for more info.

Rooftops and Stoops: New York City featuring the work of photographer Travis Gluckler. Using very long exposures; Travis captures the vibrant glow of the city allowing a detailed look at a New York Minute. Authentic Stoops and vast panoramic views of New York's Night Skyline and traffic lit streets. The work is contemporary with powerful color saturation that really brings the city to life. Along with art on the walls visitors and guests will be able to enjoy the East Coast Vibe from B Boys to Pizza and music reflecting the feeling of the city. Mingle, purchase some prints, and soak up some New York swagger. at S P A C E studio 8 E. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104.

1551 South Commerce


COMMERCE STREET STUDIOS (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) FOR INFO PLEASE EMAIL: studios@commercestreetstudios.com  Be sure and check out the new studios and galleries already open at this location!!

Circadian Gallery Circadian Galleries 1551 S. Commerce St.
Will be showing new work by Daniel Pearson. These pieces are unusual for their size all around 4 feet x 3 feet and topics ranging from health insurance to life & death and beyond!
For information call 525- 2850 Commerce Street Studios, LV, NV 89102 TROLLEY STOP

The Fallout Gallery
1551 S. Commerce St. Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.678.6278 www.thefallout.net Open First Friday 6-10pm.

Naked CityTattoo
(1551 S. Commerce St, 1/2 block north of Wyoming, 1 block west of Main Street): Special shows on First Fridays. Open daily. 702-612-5516. 

101-109 E. Charleston Blvd. 

Contemporary Arts Center
YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE the CAC’s 20th Anniversary exhibition featuring:
Charles Morgan
Suzanne Hackett Morgan
James Stanford
Mary Warner
Kathleen Nathan
Fred Sigman
Susanne Forestieri
Stewart Freshwater
Jeanne Voltura
Anne Mulford
Lisa Stamanis
Marty Walsh
Merrilee Hortt
Jerry Misko
David Sanchez Burr
Ginger Bruner
Sarah Vinci
Wendy Kveck
Diane Bush
Diane Butner. Through January 28th, 2010. OPEN FIRST FRIDAY JANUARY 1, 2010  First Friday Hours 6-10 
Contemporary Art Center
107 East Charleston Blvd. Suite 120 702-382-3886 

Cricket Studio
Studio 203. Cricket Studio--107 e. Charleston Blvd. Studio 210--Upstairs in the Arts Factory--continuing thru Dec 31, 2009 "Primitives"--mixed media on board--by Brian Swanson--www.cricketstudio.com/primitives--"Bugspeak"
illustrations by Brian Swanson--www.cricketstudio.com/bugspeak --visit us during the week...12 - 4pm tues-fri. Open FF and Tues - Fri 12 noon - 4pm, Evenings/Wknds by Appointment, 24/7 on the web. www.cricketstudio.com 702-366-9077.

Face Up Gallery
107 E. Charleston Blvd. Studio 210 "FACE UP": the "TEXT" show, acrylic on wood and canvas featured artist: Dar Freeland July 3 - Sept 15, 2009. Open First Friday

Damned Ink Studios
Suite 204, showing the work of Mark T. Zeilman and Mike Biggs. There will be a sale on limited edition prints, t-shirts and more. Located in the Arts Factory upstairs. Jan 1, 2010 First Friday 6pm to ?? Fri/Sat 1-6pm and by appointment. www.damnedinkstudios.com (702) 480-9090.

The Joseph Watson Collection
Will feature a couple of new urban paintings from Joseph. Our guest artist for this month is Jennifer Main. We have new product available for all of those Christmas shoppers. Joseph Watson Collection Arts Factory Suite 115 www.josephwatsoncollection.com 

Laura Henkel Fine Art
A Delightful Paradox – December 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010 Francois Dubeau’s work is a delightful paradox. He combines the traditional techniques of engraver, illustrator, and painter with modern digital tools. With these tools and techniques, he rejects the growing complexity and accelerating pace of modern life to explore the simplest form of expression: black lines on a white background. First Friday 6-10 PM/Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM-2 PM Arts Factory Ste 100, 702.952.9656

Mark Jenkins Fine Art
Mark has just completed another painting..."The Beatles" which he will be displaying, along with a few of his figurative paintings, at First Friday. 107 E. Charleston, Suite 115 Las Vegas, NV 89102-- www.thewindowstothesoul.com and www.markjenkinsfineart.com 702-301-5492

Niki J Sands Contemporary Fine Art
At the Arts Factory Suite 105A. Featuring original oils, acrylics, giclees and prints by artists Niki J Sands and Eric Belanger...Meet the artists on "First Friday" January 1st, 2010 from 6pm until 10pm. Gallery is open Monday thru Friday 9am until 5pm.  Please call for an appointment 702.499.3984  We are located at 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Ste 105A  Las Vegas NV  89104

PeaceNart Studio
Presents "I Don't Wan't To Know The Rules!" Finished Artwork and Works In Progress By Alexander P. Huerta

Trifecta Gallery
January 1- 29, 2010 Trifecta Gallery ;   Anthony Freda -  Work makes you Free..Anthony returns with a new show of quirky assemblage illustrations.  Last years vintage chalkboard pieces from "all that Glitters..."  were a near sellout. Due to the New Years Eve party in the Arts Factory, Trifecta will be closed for Thursday Preview night. The official opening will be on First Friday, New Years Day.  6-10pm   www.trifectagallery.com   702.366.7001


S2 Art Group
One East Charleston Blvd. Fine art publisher and gallery operator S2 Art Group, Ltd. has its world headquarters in Las Vegas’ burgeoning downtown arts district, in a renovated facility. S2 limited editions are hand-pulled on extremely rare, antique lithography presses at the company’s 22,000 square-foot Las Vegas atelier – the largest such facility in the world. Opening Reception on First Friday from 6-10 pm. http://www.s2art.com  702-868-7880.


3rd St. Revolution Art Gallery
Works by Juan Ybarra and Ezequiel Lee Orona ,Sculptures, Bronze ,Metal and Wood. Mixed Media pieces.Oil Paintings ,Drawings and Graphics. Contemporary Modern Art with Social and Political Commentary. Mon_Sat.10-3. 224 Imperial Av. Las Vegas, Nv 89104.702-380-8442-702-644-5388.

Cob4lt blu3 studio gallery
Ed Dominguez artist: This renowned artist from Puerto Rico is passionate about creating art that changes the attitude of any wall. His oil paintgings are vibrant in color; warm yellows, deep blues and intense reds! This architect-turned-artist takes urban cityscapes and adds a whimsical touch, be it Vegas or any other. 1400 S. 3rd St. 702.771.0032

Neon Venus Art Theatre live performances.

Southern Nevada Center for the Arts
An innovative and creative mix of artist studios, galleries and teaching facilities featuring paintings, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry and more. Come joins us for our first open house this First Friday! Having a meeting or party? Contact us at 702-888-3400 for details. 1310 S. 3rd St. “Where Culture and Community Come Together”


D’Arte Designs POP-UP Galleries presents
“An Eclectic Collection”, works by Sigrid Brunel, Denise R. Duarte, Anita Getzler, Walt Heron, Arthur Jabob and Mikel Patrik. Experience the energy of this confluence of artists who articulate their world visually by a variety of media. Abstraction to reconstructed realities flow from their creative centers to this place in time, the first day of 2010. Experience the new decade and new year in a refined and artful environment. ONE NIGHT ONLY, First Friday, January 1st from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Holsum Design Center, 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suites 140 & 150.

Open at Holsum Lofts----Stephen Jackson,382-9200-----Lola’s (the restaurant),227-5652, www.lolaslasvegas.com------ Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater,878-1227,www.lvdance.org-------DIGS Studio,651-6000,www.digsstudio.com

Art Gallery at Not Just Antiques Vintage ART
Established artists as well as new talent. Combine a cup of tea and ART. Open First Friday until 10pm. www.NotJustAntiquesMart.com. PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF NOT JUST ANTIQUES.

The City of Las Vegas Employee Juried Art Exhibit
Opens on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at the Bridge Gallery in Las Vegas City Hall , located at 400 Stewart Avenue . This exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through February 5, 2010. CLOSED JAN 1, 2010

821 Las Vegas Boulevard N Las Vegas, NV 89101. Open until 9 pm on First Friday. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 229-6211. Local artists explore the title of the exhibit through their artwork. Free admission


The Attic
On First Friday The Attic offers a special discount. Open till 8pm.

Durette Studio
1007 S Main (1 block N of Boulder) will reopen for First Fridays starting September 4th! In addition to our fabulous knobs and knockers, we have the most incredible lighting, accessories, and now introducing- custom wine cellars to grace your space! Join us for the festivities and see what's new! Open FF 5-9PM. 702-368-2601.

J J C Clocks & Antiques 
MAIN SOUTH OF COLORADO. Open First Fridays 6-10pm. We can do all of your clock repairs. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm. 702-384-8463.

Opportunity Village Thrift Shop
First Friday store hours 9:00am till 10:00pm. Sales throughout the entire store. 50% off selected items. Collectable items and wild funky items for sale.

Retro Vegas
Located at 1211 S. Main St. OPEN FIRST FRIDAY 6-10PM--Antiques--Furnishings--Accessories--Art..Call 702.384.2700 for more info.  http://www.retro-vegas.com/


The Funk House
1228 Casino Center Blvd. Open First Friday 6-10PM. Discounts up to 30% with your ‘I Heart First Friday 2!’ sticker. Also, Rick on the didgeridoo, FF only. Hours: Mon-Sat. 10am-5-pm. www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com 

Open for First Friday on 3rd street next door to William's Costume


Gaia flowers • gifts • art
Through January, Gaia features recent and earlier works by local painter Dan Hooker, who describes his art as "a never-ending itch, a need to create..." Also showing, an exploration of global metaphysics by B.J. Lipari. Starting with canvas and prayer mats, Lipari combines paint, ink, dye, found objects and more into complex observations of belief systems. 702-997-0222.


Not Just Antiques
1422 Western Avenue. 12,000 sq. ft. filled with Antiques, Collectibles & Art. Voted Las Vegas Review-Journal Best Place to Buy Antiques & Collectibles 2007. Open daily. Holsum Loft Lamp Showroom Liquidation. Open late First Friday. www.NotJustAntiquesMart.com

Valentino's Zootsuit Connection
WEARABLE ART at it's best, "for the COOL in you". Featuring a great selection of fine suiting, classic clothing, and stylish fedoras. Inside the Arts Factory--107 East Charleston Boulevard,Suite 135--Las Vegas, Nevada  89104,702-383-9555 


Casa Don Juan
on Main Street 

(the restaurant),227-5652, www.lolaslasvegas.com

Paymon's Mediterranean Bistro
107 E. Charleston Blvd. #155, located in the Arts  Factory. Open M-F 11am-3pm. First Friday 5pm-9pm. 272.0200 


The Get Back
Will be moving to the night before (Thurs) for a Special New Years Eve Party**

Beauty Bar
Features The Get Back, funky soul dance party w/ deejays: John Doe, Danny Boy, Phoreyz, Aurajin, 8-bits and special guests. 10pm until the wee hours. $5 for girls, $10 for guys. A funky good time guaranteed!! http://www.thegetbackvegas.com/

Dino's Lounge
Drink Specials! Karaoke with host Danny G 10pm. 382-3894  www.dinoslv.com   

Downtown Cocktail Room
111 Las Vegas Blvd. South (100 feet south of Fremont). On First Friday: Soulful House, Downtempo by DJ Carlos Sanchez. Live Percussions by Cayce Woody. Valet Parking provided in adjacent alley after 8pm ($5 all night). Seating is limited and may require reservations, so arrive early. Please dress appropriately. 702-880-DOWN (3696) for questions or reservations.  

Frankie's Tiki Room
A unique combination of South Seas exotica and modern primitivism with just a hint of Las Vegas kitch. Frankies is the place you can escape to the fantasy any hour of the day or night. Enjoy the exotic rum drinks from the menu and traditional cocktails. 1712 W. Charleston Blvd. 385-3110 www.frankiestikiroom.com 


Electronic Music Cafe
Mark your calender for an important date in HOUSE MUSIC: January 1, 2010 the RAW opening of the Electronic Music Cafe in Las Vegas! Non-stop DJs, DJ HERO, DANCE MACHINE and gourmet COFFEE for FIRST FRIDAYS at 1308 S. Main Street, Las Vegas! 12 DJs-12 hours! Starts @ 6pm!

network of immersive sensory entertainment=NOISE !  
we present a  Forum for local art and music to inter-weave an impulsive synergistic event for all to be a part of .First Friday at the Aruba and  Thunderbird lounge 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. ABSOLUTELY FREE! 10pm- till? 

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