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Friday, August 05, 2011

It's Hot August Nights & First Friday is sizzling!

Boy is First Friday shaping up as the place to be TONIGHT! The week before First Friday always has me stacked and stoked because I can't even keep up with all the awesome and crazy festivities that take place in Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas. But Friday is finally here and with a great Preview Thursday last night we are definitely in for a treat. From 18b to Fremont East, Downtown is gonna be rocking!

Here are a few of the activities that are happening thus far. Sent over by my awesome and fabulous buddy Ryan Reason at the world famous Arts Factory and gallery friends from all around the neighborhood. Click on the image and its takes you to the gallery websites that are full of information, and make sure to scroll down for a great listings of happenings about Downtown.

As Liberace and Mae West once said - "Too Much of a good thing is wonderful!"

Marcos Rivera @ Brett Wesley Gallery
At Theater 7 on 3rd and Imperial
@ Sin City Gallery
Gayla Myer @ Twelve21 Gallery - 1221 Main Street

Kleven Contemporary at Emergency Arts on Fremont East
At Trifecta Gallery @ the Arts Factory
At Blackbird Studios on Commerce Street
At the Contemporary Arts Center @
the Arts Factory

The Arts Factory in 18b - Las Vegas's Arts District

Christian Gabriel Studio
Studio 125
Sinner Magazine presents,"The Seven Deadly Sins" with art by Christian Gabriel, Rob Hester, Mitchell Todd and Braden Brockbrader / Guests attending can expect art from each of the 7 deadly sins, Sinner Magazine will be present to pass out magazines.
Preview Thursday and First Friday, 8/4,8/5 6pm-10pm

Trifecta Gallery
Studio 135
SAFEWALLS - 16 Cirque du Soleil commissioned paintings celebrating the art of the poster by leading lowbrow and street artists from around the world. High quality prints will be for sale of all the paintings. AMY SOL painting will be revealed and the exclusive pre-sale of Cirque du Soleil KA print on PreviewThursday, August 4 - 26, 2011. Other artists include El Mac, Ron English, Sweet Toof, Miss Van, Travis Louie and more!
www.trifectagallery.com or www.safewalls.org
702-366-7001 or ask.trifecta@gmail.com

Jenny Valdez Inc.
Studio 160
August’s Frist Friday at Jenny Valdez Inc. will feature the creative works of Las Vegas artists Lisa Fields Clark, Barbara Gomez, Nicholas Walsh, Theresa Lucero, and Jenny Valdez. Guests of the gallery will also get a sneak peek at a few new creations for October's Musings on Alice show! First Friday is August 5, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you would like to get a jumpstart on all of the festivities, the gallery will also be open for The Arts Factory’s Preview Thursday set for August 4, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sin City Gallery
Suite 100
Bobby Logic returns with mod girls and dreamlike cityscapes that are bursting with color. New works have been shipped from Raleigh, North Carolina for this exhibition.
August 4-27.

Hellpop! Comics and Art
Studio 222
Featuring the art of Brandon Lin.New/Used comic books.Action Figures.Graphic Novels.Art.
Find us on Facebook!
Art Inquires: maria@hellpop.net
Comic Inquires: info@hellpop.net
Open Wednesday - Saturday

Contemporary Arts Center
107 E Charleston Blvd / Suite 120
"In & Out of Whack" / Art Exhibition
Kimberly Hennessy & Deborah Karpman/ Paintings, Detailed paper cuts and mixed-media collage present an explosion of color in a push and pull of creativity and artwork.
Tues-Sat/June 30-August 13, 2011/12-5pm/Open preview Thursday & First Friday till 10pm
info@lasvegascac.org or (702)382-3886

Joseph Watson Collection
107 E. Charleston Blvd. / Suite 115
SinOpsis / Art Exhibit
Joseph Watson will showcase a series of Las Vegas influenced paintings. The Go, Go, Greta childrens book and street artist Sharktoof will also be on display.
Friday, August 5, 6-10pm

Jaikowski Studios
Located in the backroom inside the Joseph Watson Collection Gallery #115
Showgirls Showgirls Showgirls! Feel the Energy of the Stage, Color and Excitement.
New paintings will be revealed to the public.
August 4, 2011 7pm - 10pm
August 5, 2011 6pm - 10pm

Hillary Salon
107 E Charleston Ave / Suite 250
Las Vegas' premier destination hair salon.
Transformational hair sculpting for Men and Women by appt.
Tue-Sat 10 am- 7pm
(702) 525-1053

Blue Sky Yoga and Gallery
Studio 145
offering Yoga for the people at a "pay what you can rate" and displaying a variety talented artists on First Fridays and throughout each month

Around the 18b Arts District:

Blackbird Studios
1551 South Commerce Street #A
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Main Gallery - Barfing Rainbows By Brent Holmes
Come and see the mind blowing and the most powerfully intense art show of the year. Artist Brent Holmes has returned from a decade long Hiatus to bring you over 25 new painting, digital artwork and sculptures. This is a must see!
Center Gallery – Artist Andy Taylor
Former comic book artist, painter and sculpture Andy Taylor will be showcasing his new works.
Opening August 5 2011 6pm – 12pm
702.742.6241  702.782.0319

Skin City Studio and Boutique GRAND OPENING
1209 S. Main St.
 Photo Bang Bang
224 Imperial (In the Rainbow Center)
First Friday Open House
Marcos will be exhibiting his work at the Brett Wesley Gallery, but
don't let that stop you from coming by and checking out Curtis' work
and the studio. We adjoin 7 other art spaces, so some come on over!
First Friday

S P A C E Studios
8 East Charleston Blvd.
Polaroid Minutes by local photographer Nick Leonard
Nick Leonard, an 18 year old native Las Vegan is an avid Polaroid photographer. Nick's photos take you back to a simpler time and place. For a young photographer, Nick prefers to shoot vintage whether it's architecture or roadside signage - he searches out the abandoned & forgotten.
He'll be showing a variety of Polaroid film images documenting the retro vibe of Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada.
Thursday, August 4th - Friday, August 5th
Janis Hansen - 702.366.1603

Brett Wesley Gallery
1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. Las Vegas NV 89121
Narratives - Las Vegas photographer Marcos Rivera.
Join us in celebrating the works of emerging photographer Marcos Rivera. Brilliantly shot in a room designed and built by the artist, these narratives reveal crucial moments in the lives of contemporary musicians, artists, builders, and others.
Artist exhibition Thursday August 4, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and First Friday Aug.5th. The exhibition will run through September 30, 2011.
Phone: 702.433.4433
Email: inquire@brettwesley.com
Website: BrettWesleyGallery.com

Gallery Twelve 21
1221 South Main Street
Featured artist Gayla Myer along with New Material from TST Market. Sure to be a night to remember. Check her work out at www.gaylamyer.com

News from Jennifer Cornthwaite
- Rudy and Friends are going to be doing a little jamming at The Beat Coffeehouse
- Last chance to see Empire Gallery LVSK8 Show before it closes
- The UNLV Advanced painting class instructed by one Ms. Wendy Kveck will be opening in the First Floor Gallery
- Straight off his Wall Street Journal article- Justin Favela will be opening "New Paintings" at Kleven Contemporary
- ActionRed always has new work every FF done by HIV positive artists
- Gamma Gamma and Melanie Coffee is still in the house
- We are one month away from a huge tech library- details to come, it's going to be awesome...

Saturday August 6

Talky Trees
On the Patio
Bar + Bistro @ the Arts Factory
Starting at 5pm
We are the Talky Trees: Free Arts & Entertainment Among Friends
What exactly is Talky Trees? It's a 7-hour Arts festival centered around two ideas:
1) Self-expression of the audience such that they and the performers are one and the same! YOU have the gift of art, and we encourage you to realize it.
2) Collaboration between mediums: painters coloring a piece to a poet who then gives his words to the music of others.The artist and the audience? Same people.
This is an art show all about collaboration of all possible mediums. Music, poetry, painting, performance art. What every you are into, bring whatever craft you love and share it with us.

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 linkhttp://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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