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Friday, August 06, 2010

First Friday... A Hot August Night!

Well here is the First Friday schedule of events thanks to our good friend Cindy Funkhouser. There is a lot happening this evening so make sure to come out and enjoy the festivities.

I would like to give a shout out to Gina Quaranto and all the artists of PLACE Gallery for your dedication to the arts especially during these difficult times. The explosion of July 11 may have shattered windows but it did not shatter your spirit. I would like to dedicate this First Friday post to PLACE Gallery...

A special thanks to Todd Vonbastiaan at Alios Gallery for supporting PLACE and the LVSK8 IV exhibition...

Art by Michael Todoran

First Friday Las Vegas August 6, 2010

This month Whirlygig Inc. will operate the beer/wine and liquor booth, all proceeds will benefit the First Friday event. The beverage and food booths inside the barricaded area on Casino Center Blvd. all support First Friday. We hope you will show your support as patrons of these vendors. 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 BBQ, Philly cheesesteaks, hotdogs, desserts and drinks. All proceeds from the water and soda booth at Casino Center and Colorado benefit First Friday Las Vegas.

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 at the First Friday Las Vegas Information Table (located in front of The Funk House).

City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans! This ordinance is enforced by security at the outdoor festival, no exceptions.

El Cortez/First Friday Express Trolley

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino is sponsoring an Express Trolley. The trolley will take patrons from the El Cortez, 600 East Fremont Streetat 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 Exhibition Spaces (outdoor festival area juried artists, casino center, pedestrian traffic only)
Paul Tokarski--mixed media
MIKEL PATRIK --acrylics
Nathan Frye--photography
Maynard Breese--Digital painter

On the Land Rover Stage:

The Raft: 6pm - 7pm
Black Beans and Hippie Liver: 7:15 - 8:15
Sally Steele from VEGAS ROCKS MAGAZINE ( special appearance ) and will introduce :8:30 - 8:45
Whiskey Breath: 9:pm - 10pm

"We are happy to introduce you to Bear Flag Wine; a proud sponsor of First Friday Las Vegas. The wine was created by two young female winemakers, who exercised their freedom of expression and openly flouted the rules set down by tradition to create a series of unique wine blends that defy convention. They enlisted an artist, Eduardo Bertone to bring their point-of-view to life on the label. Also, a big thanks to Camarena Tequila, New Amsterdam Gin, Opulent Vodka, Ron Diaz Silver Rum and Philips Union Whiskey for supporting First Fridays. You can enjoy Bare Flag Wine and these spirits at the First Fridays Bar Booth, all proceeds benefit First Friday Las Vegas."

Galleries, Retail, Restaurants:

Retro Vegas, 1211 S Main, Mon - Sat 11 - 6, 702-384-2700. Long time Las Vegas resident, Charles Mull, is inspired by classical masterpieces, modern abstract, counter culture and outsider art. He is intrigued by details in texture, color and shape; seeing them as pieces of a greater theme and parts of a larger question. Charles is a professional graphic artist and pursues photography, collage, acrylic and digital painting in his spare time. He is also an avid outdoorsman.

Brett Wesley Gallery is proud to present a new solo exhibition by renown Utah artist John Bell entitled The Burden of Ambition. Free to the public, exhibit through 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 http://www.BrettWesleyGallery.com Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6:00 p.m.

City of the World Gallery--Liza Amor, a local artist and school district art instructor, is featured artist for August. Come see her work at City of the World Gallery, 1229 Casino Center, Las Vegas. Learn more about Liza and other City of the World artists at the gallery's website, cityoftheworld.org.

Joseph Watson Collection--The artist that is known by the name of Shark Toof migrated his traveling
exhibit " Viva Lost Wages" to our city.

Shark Toof has created one of the most original and memorable art experiences of our time.
Location: Joseph Watson Collection in the Arts Factory Suite 115
www.josephwatsoncollection.com 858-733-2135

Circadian Galleries 1551 s.commerce street, Paper Mosaics by H. Nelson a look at the twilight books and movie series. Paintings by Jeremy Robards with an etheric multi dimensional feel and new works by Daniel Pearson. For more information call 525-2850

America's #1 Foreclosed City: Las Vegas
At the Contemporary Arts Center
The Contemporary Arts Center: America's #1 Foreclosed City: Las Vegas. New work by Emily Kennerk expresses her interest and continues her examination of the reality of "#1-ness" in contemporary culture specifically within the devastating context of the Las Vegas housing crisis. 107 East Charleston Boulevard, Suite 120. Tel: 702-382-3886. www.lasvegascac.org.

The Box Office Gallery--located @ 1129 S. Casino Center Blvd. Music-Art-Photography! Photographers: Cameron Grant, Michelle Kolchins, Bill Gerrard, Topher Pettit, Kim Cochrane, Glenn Elliott, Tracie Graf. Artists: Nay, Heather & Luciano. Acoustic Invasion & LV Freeze. First Fridays 6-10 p.m. THE ART DISTRICT . (702) 388-1515, myspace.com/theboxofficecion, facebook.com/theboxofficecion.
Returning after a one month hiatus following his hugely successful Egypt show in June, Photographer Cameron Grant returns to his residency at The Box Office Gallery, 1129 S, Casino Ctr. Cameron is unveiling new HDR works printed on aluminum sheeting which must be seen to be believed. These are collectable limited edition fine art works, smaller prints also available. Cameron is taking September and October to go shoot and vacation off so come see this incredible work before it's gone until November!

S P A C E Studios presents: Modern Belles A group show featuring works by Danielle Davis, Brynn Lee Gardino, & Jennifer Jane Salango. At S P A C E Studios 8 E. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104 Preview Thursday, August 5th, 6-9pm. Live Performances by Paria B (Spoken Word Emcee) & Duwoprose (The Vinylist of High Def) Opening First Friday, August 6th, 6-10pm. Meet the artists and join us for complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Extra fun activities at S P A C E Studios: Parktake in a live photo installation project. Help us paint our bus for Burning Man. We will start with a white canvas and end with a community driven artistic expression. For more information: thedannyyell.tumblr.com, brynnleegardinophotography.com,jenniferjanestudio.com RSVP: 702.366.1603

Bar + Bistro @ the arts factory is creating the finest social gathering place for 18b and downtown through food, drink, and inspiration. Join us every Friday evening on our patio to participate in Camp 107. Saturday evenings experience our "Painters on the Patio" series. Open 11am-3pm Mon-Fri and 5-10pm Tues-Sat. (702) 202-6060. www.barbistroaf.com

TRIFECTA GALLERY - Caesar Garcia: Between the Lines. Returned recently from living in San Diego, Caesar Garcia is back in Las Vegas with new influences on his recognizable pop graphic paintings on wood. Text has always been a part of Garcias work, but has now come to the forefront and in several cases it is the very subject of his work. www.trifectagallery.com 702.366.7001 Now OPEN 6 days a week 11-5. Saturday and Sunday 11- 3 . Often closed on Tuesdays.

Art @ The Funk House "What I Must Do-An Exploration of Ephemeral Pleasures" New work by Jacqueline Pichardo----Exhibit: Aug 1-Sept 29, 2010. Jacqueline is a former UNLV student currently working towards a B.F.A. at Indianapolis' Herron School of Art and Design. In her latest body of work Jacqueline seeks to explore the psychological and emotional transformations that are a product of interactions in the tangible world. 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. LV, NV 89104 702.678.6278 www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com

 The Path Of Least Resistance
by Leslie Roland
Gaia Flowers, Gifts and Art welcomes featured artist Leslie Rowland. This collection of Leslie's work includes abstract paintings, and painted furniture and artillery shells. The abstract paintings, through depth, sparkle, movement and shine, portray complex human emotional reactions. The furniture and artillery shells each communicate a theme. On Leslie's behalf, Gaia is supporting All Fur Love Animal Society by donating storefront window display space to the local nonprofit animal rescue. Throughout Leslie's show, AFLAS will promote its cause through the store.

detailed listings on our website: http://www.firstfriday-lasvegas.org

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

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