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Friday, July 02, 2010

July First Friday is Sizzling HOT!

Here is the First Friday list of goings-on from the mastermind behind First Friday Cindy Funkhouser. There is also a lot more happening out and about so please make sure to get yourselves Downtown to start your holiday weekend in style with lots of Arts and Culture to entice your mind. For me personally I am most excited about today because it is the first time at First Friday that I have two of my own works of art being featured in two galleries! My small tribute to the "Original MGM Grand Hotel" which is part of Erin Stellmon's fabulous show Reign of Glass at the Contemporary Arts Center and "8-Bit" skate deck that I prepared for LVSK8 IV at PLACE Gallery. That alone is reason to come out and hob-nob with the cool crowd. Besides artists make great pets!

Have a safe holiday weekend everyone!
First Friday Las Vegas July 2, 2010--6:00 pm -10:00 pm

This month we will have over 100 artists, both visual and performance in the Outdoor Festival area including the surrounding galleries. New food vendors. Live bands and so much more. 
We would like to thank all of the artists and area businesses that made donations in support of our First Friday Las Vegas fundraiser on June 9. The event was hosted by the Downtown Firefly at their location in The Plaza.  

We also thank everyone that attended, purchased art and silent auction items. The event was a great success. You can go to this link for the list of contributors:http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/fundraise.html

Michael Todoran & Rhoda Lazo are eloping! And, you're invited! Actually, everyone is. We believe that everyone should be able to Love and participate in a celebration of Love and commitment such as getting married which is why this is more than a "regular" elopement or wedding - it is an art performance piece of sort while positively and actively advocating Love for all. Our location will be near California on Casino Center Blvd in the outdoor festival area.

You can park (stops @ Clark County Government Center Amphitheater Main Entrance) and ride the First Friday trolley (goes to Outdoor Festival, Commerce Street Studios, Main St. and Holsum Design Center, SEE MAP PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR ROUTEhttp://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org/firstfridaymap.html ). El Cortez Hotel & Casino 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 approximately9:30 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 INFO Be sure to check out our new Cajun menu. For the summer we have sno-cones, ice cream and the slider truck will be here as well. The vendors near the stage will be serving hotdogs, desserts and drinks.

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).
City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans!

Steve Watley-paintings and prints
Paul Tokarski-paintings/mixed media
Leslieann Farrel--paintings
Randy Jones--painting, drawing, prints

6pm The Inhalers/Classic Rock
8pm  Koolpop and the Groove Masters/Funk, Rhythm and Blues
FIRST FRIDAY ANNUAL SPONSOR:  Brett Wesley Gallery is proud to present a new solo exhibition by renown Utah artist John Bell entitled The Burden of Ambition. Opening will be Preview Thursday July 1, 2010 from 6 - 9:00 p.m. at 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. Free to the public, exhibition dates July 1 - Aug. 28 2010. Located downtown in the heart of the 18b Arts District, award winning Brett Wesley Gallery is a respected resource for collectors, designers, and corporations. The gallery specializes in contemporary paintings, photography, and sculpture by established and emerging artists. 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104, call: 702.433.4433, email: victoria@BrettWesley.com, website: http://www.BrettWesleyGallery.com    Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6:00 p.m.

Gallery Exhibits:

The Contemporary Arts Center
Art @ The Funk House "Someone Get This Hero the Best Medicine" New work by shanmichael----Exhibit through July 30, 2010---FirstFriday 6-10pm---First solo exhibit by shanmichael in over 2 years, not to be missed. 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. LV, NV 89104 702.678.6278 www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com

The Box Office located @ 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd. Music-Art-Photography!  Photographers:  Michelle Kolchins, Bill Gerrard, Topher Pettit, Kim CochraneGlenn Elliott, Tracie Graf. Artists: Nay, Diego, ShannonNina G.  Acoustic Invasion.  First & 3rd Fridays 6-10 p.m. THE ART DISTRICT .  (702) 388-1515myspace.com/theboxofficecionfacebook.com/theboxofficecion

Brett Wesley Gallery is proud to present a new solo exhibition by renown Utah artist John Bell entitled The Burden of Ambition. Opening will be Preview Thursday July 1, 2010 from 6 - 9:00 p.m. at 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. Free to the public, exhibition dates July 1 - Aug. 28 2010. 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104, call: 702.433.4433, email: victoria@BrettWesley.com, website: http://www.BrettWesleyGallery.com    Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6:00 p.m.
Monument Valley @
City of the World

City of the World Gallery, 1229 Casino Center, Las Vegas, has a featured artist.  July's artist is Dan Swenson, artist, art instructor, mentor for first year teachers in Clark County.  See his work and what City of the World has to offer at www.cityoftheworld.org.

Teresa Testa @ POP-UP
D'Arte Designs POP-UP Gallery Presents "Fluent Sensations of Touch" - featuring new abstract paintings by Sigrid Brunel & the uniquely hand crafted sculptural porcelain of Teresa Testa of Windancer Studio on First Friday only at Holsum Design Center, suite 140 from 6 pm - 10 pm.  contact: www.dartedesigns.com or call 702-372-3755.

Retro Vegas-- Diane Bush and her exhibit titled "Bob's Your Uncle" This exhibit shows a taster's sampling of black and white vintage photographs taken in the U.K.  by Diane Bush, over a 10 year span from 1968-1979 when she lived and worked in England. The traditionally framed 8 x10 black and white prints are charming and amusing slices of Britain's varied populace, captured in a familiar Henri Cartier-Breeson journalistic style that Tony Ray-Jonesembodied, and was carried further here by Bush, after Ray-Jones' demise. Photographs from this body of work were featured in the retrospective exhibit and book honoring the world renowned German photo collector, Helmut Gernsheim, an admirer of Bush's work. 1211 S Main, Mon - Sat 11 - 6, 702-384-2700

TRIFECTA GALLERY -  Brian Porray in Compound Fracture.  This 2010 UNLV MFA Graduate has kicked off his career with many accolades. He was twice featured in New American Paintings,  awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and voted outstanding graduate student in the UNLV department of art all in the space of this half of 2010! This new work and first career solo show shows punctilious compositions and acrid colors smashing together throughout the work.  They weave distance and flatness into a web of indecipherable scale.  www.trifectagallery.com   702.366.7001   Open 6 days a week. Closed Tuesdays.



Flock Shop @
Emergency Arts
520 East Fremont
Historic Fifth Street School--Las Vegas Concerts--Tickets on sale for downtown children's concerts scheduled for July 15 and July 22, presented by the city of Las Vegas. Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer with special guest Christylez Bacon will perform for the July 15 show. The energetic Billy Jonas trio will entertain July 22. Showtimes--2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Tickets- $3 each or $10 for a family four-pack. Large group discounts available. Shows are recommended for all ages. Performances will be held in the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium at 401 S. Fourth St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to www.artslasvegas.org or call (702) 229-3515.

Fink and Marxer are Grammy Award-winning musicians renowned for a wide variety of children's music. Recognized with top awards from Parents' Choice magazine and a host of other parent organizations, the duo have teamed with young Washington, D.C., hip-hop sensation Christylez Bacon for their latest album and tour. The result is a delightful Grammy-nominated album of classic folk married to hip hop, and an exuberant concert that the entire family will enjoy. The trio also will perform July 14 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Call (702) 229-6383 for $3 tickets to the July 14 performances. For more information on Fink, Marxer and Bacon, go online to www.cathyandmarcy.com/.

A Billy Jonas performance is an explosion of energy. In sing-alongs and bang-alongs, his first instrument is the audience. Everyone becomes part of the enthusiastic performance as Jonas and his band play percussion instruments made from found objects. His award-winning CDs and DVDs are popular with all ages, as are his concerts. For more information on the Billy Jonas band, go online to http://billyjonas.com/.

The Beat Coffeehouse @ Emergency Arts
520 East Fremont in the heart of the Entertainment District

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