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Friday, March 05, 2010

March Madness in the Arts District!!!

18b Arts District Sculpture Park on Boulder
First Friday is back with a vengeance this month as we celebrate the beginning of Spring and Las Vegas' Fabulous Art and Culture! Please join me in 18b Las Vegas' Arts District for what will be a great festival and gallery walk. Come out and get enculturated with all the Downtown Denizens! Carpe Diem!

First Friday Las Vegas
March 5, 2010
6:00 pm -10:00 pm

Come down this month to enjoy both visual and performance art! See the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy performance in front of the Land Rover stage @ 8:45pm, live improv on the street, artists, vendors and more artists!

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. Check out Holsum Lofts,  Commerce Street Studios and the Arts Factory in the surrounding area.

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 after parties when you arrive back at the El Cortez.

Outdoor Festival Information
Buy a Best Friend of First Friday card and help support your favorite Las Vegas arts event for just $25 per year. (go to this link for benefits: http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/foff.html) We also have special "I 'heart' First Friday" t-shirts available for just $7 (for 7 years) at the First Friday Las Vegas Information Table (located in front of The Funk House). Make a $2 donation at the info table and receive a coupon for a 10% discount at Naked City Sandwich Shop (http://www.nakedcitylv.com/).

City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans!

Artists Showing Outdoors
Below is a partial listing of Outdoor Artist Exhibits:

  • Leslie Ann Farrell--painting/mixed media
  • Patti Backer--painting/mixed media
  • Jesse Heinreich--acrylic on canvas
  • Christoper Reese--pen and ink
On the Land Rover Stage
  • Miss Marilyn B--Soul jazz @ 6pm
  • The Inhalers-Classic rock @ 7pm 
  • Dj Noel-indiekrush.com @ 8pm  
  • Fiero pop @ 9pm
Art on Casino Center

Art @ The Funk House
Featuring Derrick McAdoo from Feb 5-March 1, 2010. Abstract watercolors and prints. 
1228 S. Casino Center Blvd.

Brett Wesley Gallery
Presents Full Figured Neon Kiss opening exhibition February 4, show runs through Feb 28th — This exhibition will feature established painters Constance Edwards Scopepolis from Indianapolis, Kristine McCallister from Las Vegas and Sculptures by Christopher Schulz from Los Angeles.
1112 Casino Center Blvd

The Box Office
Showing new artists each month  
1129 S. Casino Center

City of the World Gallery
Now retired, Patty Clark, featured artist for March, was selected Art Educator of the Year in 2003. She loves the sensation of spreading paint and the challenge of creating art with any object she encounters. Come see Patty Clark’s "Taking Flight" artworks.
1229 S. Casino Center Blvd.

Art on Main Street

The recent economic meltdown has been difficult for Las Vegas, especially for the design community. Architectural and interior design firms have either shut down their offices or have had to lay off the majority of their staff. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, a group of talented, young emerging designers are transforming and breaking from tradition. Leaner, greener, and meaner from living in the fast age of cookie cutter box buildings, this new force is taking center stage in a exhibit titled “2010 RFP,” which happens next month on First Friday at Alios, 1217 S. Main St.

“RFP” is an acronym for “Request for Proposal,” a word commonly seen during the past boom days by developers and city planners. Taking on a new meaning in today’s bust age, “2010 RFP” is the first exhibit to feature the works of local architects and interior designers in the Arts District. A common thread in this new generation of designers is their passion to express their creativity in multidisciplinary forms merging art, architecture, furniture, and industrial design to give meaning to a new vocabulary of ideas. All eight designers exhibiting in “2010 RFP” have branched out on their own and created their own identity.

Sharon Gainsburg
Will host many artists in many media such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, fabric and mixed media for March First Friday
1039 #130 Main Street

The Place Gallery
Sculpture exhibit featuring two Las Vegas artists, Kenny Karchmer and Scott Sandoval. The opening reception will be held March 4 and 5, 2010 from 6pm until 9pm with both artists in attendance. "Pick Up Sticks" incorporates rare rose wood from Africa and Central America intertwined with contrasting glass, stone or tiles. Each work is carefully tied using fly-fishing techniques and explores the relationships between lines and curves intersecting with the objects used in these three dimensional wall sculptures.

Scott Sandoval's abstract metal sculptures are inspired by his environment and especially his love of all things aquatic. These brilliantly colored, perfectly executed monuments in steel show his absolute mastery over his medium and an eye for detail and flawless design. The exhibit runs through March 31, 2010. The gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 7:00pm and Monday through Thursday by appointment.
Please call 702-782-0319 to schedule an appointment or for further information. This exhibition is co-sponsored by Debbe Sussman, Art Creates.
1054 Main Street

Retro Vegas
featured artist is Bill Murr Johnson (1924 - 2005). Bill completed his art school training in the late 1940s and established himself as a commercial artist. He practiced his hand at fine art throughout his life with an emphasis on water colors, acrylics and paper (specifically origami). Keeping with Retro Vegas theme, this exhibit will focus on several of his works from the 1950s and 1960s.
1211 South Main Street
(702) 384-2700

Art on Charleston

Gaia Flowers, Gifts and Art
In March, "Ancient Art of the Mojave," continues at Gaia. The show is a collection of Hamilton Moore photographs of ancient rock art, evocative landscapes and modern development of the Mojave. On hand will be members of the Southern Nevada Rock Art Association, who can answer all your burning questions about petroglyphs, pictographs and geoglyphs. Also returning to Gaia for an encore performance is jewelry maker Heidi Haydon, who will be demonstrating her unique technique for turning recycled leather, natural stones and other items into gorgeous rings, necklaces and bracelets.

New Works 8 E. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104.

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/

Cottages Castles and Closets
"Feed Your Soul with Wonderful Treasures for You and Your Home" We are a neighborhood Antique, Vintage, Shabby Chic, Home Decor Shop located in our Las Vegas Arts District
220 E. Charleston Blvd and 3rd Street.

Art @ Commerce Street Studios
1551 South Commerce

Circadian Galleries
Inside the Commerce Street Studios presents, Spirits and Ghosts a completely new and exciting show by Daniel Pearson consisting of all new abstracts. Show times are from 6pm to10pm a great stop on the trolley route! For more information call 525-2850

The Fallout Gallery
Exhibit from March 3-April 10, 2010 "Character Matters" featuring 3 artists: Cristina Paulos, Kelly Shon, Maranda Espinosa.The show features new work from these artists. All have Animation & Illustration backgrounds. Celebrate Girls Day (a Japanese holiday) by checking out these unique Character driven pieces in the heart of Vegas at The Fallout.
Open First Friday 6-10pm. Regular hours: Thursday, Friday and Sat Noon-4pm.

Naked CityTattoo
Inside Commerce Street Studios
Special shows on First Fridays.
Open daily.

Estardas by Justin Favela
The Arts Factory
101-109 E. Charleston Blvd. 

The Contemporary Arts Center
Presents Tomorrow People -February 4-March 20 Painting, drawing and sculpture by emerging artists Leah Craig, Catherine Cruise, Justin Favela, and Thomas Willis. First Friday 6-10 at the CAC. 101 E. Charleston, Suite 107 in the Arts Factory. Visit http://www.lasvegascac.org/ for more information. 

Cricket Studio
Studio 203. Cricket Studio--107 e. Charleston Blvd. Studio 210--Upstairs in the Arts Factory--continuing thru -"Bugspeak" illustrations by Brian Swanson - visit us during the week...12 - 4pm tues-fri. Open FF and Tues - Fri 12 noon - 4pm, Evenings/Weekends by Appointment, 24/7 on the web.

Damned Ink Studios
Suite 204, showing new work. Located in the Arts Factory upstairs. Open First Friday Fri/Sat 1-6pm and by appointment.
(702) 480-9090. 

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

The Green Gallery
Announces the unveiling of the "Dresses" collection of artist Kimberly Cockrum at February's First Friday. Cockrum hails from Arkansas, where she has been contracted for murals and custom home decorating. In addition, Cockrum also created hundreds of pieces of artwork in her nature and life collections. For more of her work, go to http://www.kimberlycockrum.com/
Down in the Town by Joseph Watson

The Joseph Watson Collection
Featuring Spencer Davis, creator of the world famous Booty Babe figures. Also new urban paintings from Joseph. The Arts Factory Suite 115 (downstairs) First Friday & Preview Thursday 6:30-9:30pm March 4 & 5, 2010. http://www.josephwatsoncollection.com/

The Art of Dray
Laura Henkel Fine Art
Presents “NO PICASSOS IN VEGAS”. A retrospective solo exhibition by artist Dray. The exhibition will showcase a comprehensive examination of the artist’s more significant works throughout the last decade. It will be a synopsis of illustration & interpretation in form of paintings and drawings. www.myspace.com/draysplace
107 E. Charleston Blvd., Arts Factory Suite 100

Mark Jenkins Fine Art
107 E. Charleston, Arts Factory Suite 115

Niki J Sands Contemporary Fine Art
Featuring original oils, acrylics, giclees and prints by artists Niki J Sands and Eric Belanger... Gallery is open Monday thru Friday 9am until 5pm.  
Arts Factory Suite 105A. Please call for an appointment 702.499.3984 

The Ortego Gallery
Peg Lozier is exhibiting her new original art nouveau watercolors, along with still lifes, painted furniture, and portraits. Arts Factory Suite 115. For more info. call 702-281-6714.

PeaceNart Studio
Presents: I Don't Wan't To Know The Rules! Finished Artwork and Works In Progress By Alexander P. Huerta. Arts Factory Suite 220

The Art of Leonardo Aguirre
Introducing Leonardo Aguirre di Matteo 'En Escena', Educated in Montevideo Uruguay as an architect Leo changed his tune to painting. Architectural references are made and one would think the artist also studied theatrics. The well drawn paintings take on a surreal stage presence but with an extremely compressed depth of field. The fun begins when you start following lines that lead to trap doors, wrap around pinball bumpers and dangle heavy objects from what appears to be simply a line- not a cable, and sometimes a dotted line. You begin to doubt your sense of weight, space and even time by the clever choice of totally unrelated objects drawn into his scenes. Trifecta Gallery http://www.trifectagallery.com/ 702.366.7001 Through March 26. Arts Factory Suite 160

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, Arts Factory Suite 135

Art on 3rd Street

3rd St. Revolution Art Gallery
Artist Ezequiel Lee Orona.Pop Dada Art. Metal and Wood Sculpture.
Paintings ,Drawings and Prints.Artist Juan Ybarra ,Bronze Sculpture and Steel Mobiles. Paintings and Drawings.Tues-Sat The art Revolution.Declaration of Independence.
224 Imperial Avenue

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 paintings 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 Street

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? “Where Culture and Community Come Together”
Contact us at 702-888-3400 for details
1310 S. 3rd St.

A referral-based, by appointment only hair salon which celebrates ART, creates BEAUTY, demonstrates MUSIC and produces FASHION accessories. The home of MY FIRST RODEO. All events are smoke-free, free of charge and all ages and take place between 5-9PM.
1104 s 3rd St, Las Vegas

Art @ Holsum
Open at Holsum Lofts

Art at the Pop-Up Gallery Holsum Lofts
D’Arte Designs POP-UP Gallery
Presents A Celebration of Women, a one night only multi-media art event, honoring Women’s History Month, at Holsum Design Center, 241 W. Charleston Blvd. Suite 150 on First Friday, March 5, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Art and About

ArT Gallery at Not Just Antiques
Vintage ART from 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 Bridge Gallery
Located on the second floor of City Hall, near the information desk. 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.
Visitors may enter through the breezeway from the second floor of the parking garage, which is on the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Stewart Avenue . Parking is by paid meter only. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Call (702) 229-1012 for more information.

Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery
"Teetering on the Brink..." February 1 - March 12, 2010 Solo exhibit by artist John Bissonette whose new sculptures flaunt and deconstruct myths of stability, wealth, and excess. Hours: 8am-5pm M-F, 8am -10pm First Fridays

The Historic Reed Whipple Cultural Center
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.
1018 South Main Street
(702) 388-4088

J.J.C. Clocks and Antiques
Open First Fridays 6-10pm. For all of your clock repairs. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm.
On Main South of Colorado

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

Not Just Antiques
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.
1422 Western Avenue

Restaurants and Cafe's

The Electronic Music Cafe
Proudly presents LIVE Fridays Every Friday (6 pm to 12 Midnight) Where YOU are a part of the EXPERIENCE! This Week FEATURING: Live Artists painting musically inspired ART! Models and Photographers in a LIVE photo shoot and more...

$10 Donation helps us keep the cause going! http://www.electronicmusiccafe.com/

Lola’s (the restaurant)
227-5652, http://www.lolaslasvegas.com/ in Holsum Lofts

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 After Parties

N.O.I.S.E!!! network of immersive sensory entertainment 
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? 
Drums and Instruments Encouraged!

Downtown Cocktail Room
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. 
111 Las Vegas Boulevard South (100 Ft South of Fremont)

Beauty Bar
Presents 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 to ??. 382-3894 

Frankie's Tiki Room
A unique combination of South Seas exotica and modern primitivism with just a hint of Las Vegas kitch. Frankie's 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. Every First Friday DJ BEELZEBOZO spins from 10 pm - 2 am 1712 W. Charleston Blvd.

First Friday Las Vegas

Nevada Public Radio
For more information on the Cultural Arts in Las Vegas please visit Nevada Public Radio. NPR has detailed listings of many cultural and civic events hosted by area non-profits click on this link http://www.knpr.org/common/psa/listNEW.cfm and if you are planning an event in the next few months, be sure to get your free listing in Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine by submitting the information here at http://www.knpr.org/culture/eventaddnew.cfm

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at


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