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Thursday, October 06, 2011

First Friday 9 years and stronger than ever...

After giving everyone a little historical prospective on the Downtown arts scene and First Friday here is the lineup of events happening during the 9th Anniversary celebration. With First Friday 2.0 here to stay its becoming more and more of a challenge just to keep up with it all. Luckily there is a guy named Ryan Reason over at the Arts Factory who has prepared quite a selection of items to add to this blog post. I also need to send out a shout to all the galleries and artists that have sent announcements my way so I can post them on the blog.

THANK YOU for supporting Las Vegas' amazing and fabulous Arts and Culture Scene! Have a fabulous First Friday everyone and as always party safely...

Culture Week in 18b (Arts District)...

The Arts Factory has been bringing art and music festivals to the residents of Las Vegas since 1998. Open every day of the week, from the time we roll out of bed, until the time everyone has gone home. Some parties are just bigger than others.

Last month's Culture Weekend was a huge success thanks to all the great art loving public who came out to enjoy a memorable evening in their 18b Arts District. This month promises to be even better. Here are just a few of the amazing things you can see/do in/and around the Arts Factory during October's Culture Weekend. Spread the word.

Inside the Arts Factory

Scott Carter's
Affect/ Effect @
The Contemporary Arts Center
Contemporary Arts Center - CAC
Suite 120
Affect/Effect - Opening Reception- Thursday, Oct 6, 2011, 6-9pm
By deconstructing the gallery, artist Scott Carter attempts to display a relationship narrative of comfort and re-addressing of basic construction design and systems in contemporary architecture. He achieves this from cutting, stacking and assembling sections of drywall that are cut from the surrounding walls.
Tues-Sat, Oct 6-Nov 19, 2011, 12pm-5pm


Panicale - The art of Billy Hertz
Opening Reception this Thursday October 6, 2011 6 to 8 pm
Exhibition continues through October 28, 2011
Trifecta Gallery announces an exhibition of brand new paintings by Billy Hertz. Bright, rhythmic, glorious paintings of olive groves. Take pause for a moment while you think about 'brand new'. These pictures are post brain surgery for the artist. This trauma does not define his work, but lets us marvel at the resiliency of a truly creative mind.
For more information contact the gallery at 702-366-7001 or marty@trifectagallery.com
Trifecta Gallery 107 E. Charleston Blvd. #135 Las Vegas NV 89104 www.trifectagallery.com

Fall environment by Enchanted Florist
@ Trifecta Gallery
Joseph Watson Collection
Suite 115
Joseph Watson/ Art Exhibit
Joseph will unveil a painting from the 2nd installation of the Go, Go, Greta childrens book at 7:30pm Oct 7. A new series of Joseph's classic prints will be available as framed wall ready panoramics.
Friday, Oct 7 6-10pm

Jaikowski Studios
Suite 115 Backroom
Karen Jaikowski
"What My Eyes Have Seen.....Vol 1"
There's a story behind every great Showgirl.....Find out what's she's seen, the story behind the painting....
The new show can be seen
Oct 6 Preview Night 7p.m.-10 p.m. and
Oct 8 6p.m.-10 p.m.
Inside the Joseph Watson Collection Gallery backroom.

Christian Gabriel Gallery
Suite 125
"Welcome To The Creepshow"
Work from Christian Gabriel, Danielle Fazio, Rob Hester and Jimi Catanzaro/ Halloween is everyday in this gallery. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Thursday & Friday, October 6/7 (6pm-10pm)

Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery
Suite 160
"Musings on Alice"
October's First Friday and Preview Thursday will feature work inspired by the popular Alice in Wonderland book and movies. Artists Barbara Gomez, Lisa Fields Clark, Theresa Lucero, Sarah Flake, Nicholas Walsh, Jenny Valdez, Charmaine Gurule, Darla Smaka, Eric Pele, and David Donovan are set the participate.
October 6, 2011, 6pm - 9pm; October 7, 2011, 6pm - 10pm

Hillary Salon
Suite 250
The Monochromatic Twelve
Hand drawn portraits of people you may or may not know by Michael James Welsh.
Who knows? It may even be you.
October 6 - 27, Tues-Sat 10 am - 6pm
(702) 525-1053

Sin City Gallery
Suite 100
Luminous Body
Two premier female artists combine their talents to showcase a common theme: the luminous body. Heather Hermann's romantic 1920s inspired pieces speak with simplistic yet ornate details, which artfully focus on the influence that ancient mythology still has over our fleeting thoughts. Crystal Solis, features "Bloom Explosion." These larger than life paintings romanticize the abstraction in hopes of striking wonder.
& Steampunk Your Junk
Artists Heather Hermann and Crystal Solis will be bringing art supplies so that you may create an art piece which is to be donated to the Contemporary Arts Center. Steampunk art mixes modern ideas and technology with those from Victorian Age when the Industrial Revolution was in full swing and steam was a major source of power. Steampunk materials are often things you would find in an old science lab or industrial lot. Work on a new piece each week or work on the same piece for three weeks. While you are here, enjoy the amenities of the Bar & Bistro.

Hours - Every Thursday in October (omitting Preview Thursday), 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Hours - October 6-29, Wed - Sun, 1:00 - 7:00 PM
Contact: Laura Henkel, 415.577.3003

Statement Art Gallery
Suite 225
STATEMENT ART GALLERY is proud to present the world famous artist/sculptorDale Mathis in his first ever Arts District show in October.
Hours - 1pm - 5pm Monday - Saturday
Opening October 6th & 7th

PeaceNart Studio
Studio #230
Clowns Are People Too
3 Bad Sheep
This New Collection of Clowns Has Been Worked On For A Year Now, With the 3BS Familiar Style of Mixed Media, Found Objects and Individual Ideas, From Three Different Views of Life !! 10 New Clown Paintings Ready For Your Private Collection.

Opening Preview Thursday and First Friday October.

Around the Neighborhood

Skin City Body Painting Studio & Boutique
1209 S. Main Street
First Friday Live Body Painting Demo! Plus Art Exhibit by Steve Horlock, Steve Jasper and Devin Rothove
Live body painting demo with an Asian-themed design, by Skin City artist Frankie Lynn. Model Karen Soto got so inspired by the design that she picked up a brush herself and painted a large-scale painting to display next to them as Frankie paints her live. Also on exhibit will be an art display by local artists Steve Horlock, Steve Jasper and Devin Rothove. Skin City Boutique will be selling unique accessories, jewelry and art.
Friday Oct 7, 6pm-Midnight
Robin Slonina, owner: (702) 885-3777

222 Imperial
222 Imperial
10,000 Skeletons
Group show featuring, you guessed it, skeletons in a variety of mediums.
Oct 6 6pm - Oct 31
stay tuned for special events at www.facebook.com/222imperial

Blackbird Studios
1551 South Commerce Street #A
Nevada Day Show:
“Whoa, whoa, whoa… What’s with all the Nevadatude?!”
Desiree Duncan musing with a Zombie
@ Black Bird Studios
Just in time for October, a show celebrating the wonderful state of Nevada and its corresponding state holiday. Childhood memories, drunken desert explorations, or near bouts of heat stroke are all represented in this show. Embrace the personal reflections of the great state of Nevada and attempt to stretch beyond the glitzy grip of the Las Vegas strip.
Second Annual “Zombie Apocalypse” Show
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! How else can we describe the theme of this group show. Inspired by visions of the coming zombie apocalypse. Whether from the survivors’ perspective or from the zombies' … it’s your choice. BrAiNsss!

Brett Wesley Gallery
1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104
Giovanni Morales is known for his multi-layered pop-art style paintings that take inspiration from collage, sign writing, and old-fashioned comic strips. The iconic imagery that Giovanni creates is achieved through a process of adding and removing layer upon layer of paint. While working with mainstream iconography, Giovanni creates a visual framework that is bold, adventurous, and creates a lasting impression.

Opening and artist reception will be Thursday October 6, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. This event is free to the public. The artist will also be available for meet & greet on First Friday for 6-9pm. The exhibition will run through November 26, 2011.

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6:00 p.m.
Also open by appointment.

Gaia Flowers - Gifts & Art
4 E. Charleston Blvd - Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
A Night in the Dog House
Oct 6, 2011 - Oct 7, 2011 6.00pm - 10.00pm
Join Robert Arnold and Greyhound Pet Adoption Las Vegas for a special event at Gaia Flowers. Robert is a Las Vegas-based printmaker who also works in clay and wood, and has recently been creating mixed media mobiles and stabiles. Come see his new work and support Greyhound adoption and education.
For two evenings only, sales of all of Robert’s work will benefit Greyhound Pet Adoption Las Vegas, which places ex-racing greyhounds into loving homes in the greater Las Vegas Valley.

Retro Vegas
1211 S Main Street
“Memo Peralez’s Spin Art”
Memo Peralez is a self-taught artist who grew up in Arvin, California and moved to Las Vegas in 1997. His spin art grew out of his passion for mechanical instruments. The pieces he creates are reminiscent of tie-dye shirts on canvas board – he calls them framed psychedelics!

Opens First Friday, October 7, at 6:00 pm
Continues through until October 31.
Mon - Sat 11 - 6

SATURDAY October 8th
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

Emergency Arts and Fremont East District

You are invited to the opening of Hero Worship, new work by Erin Stellmon
@ Kleven Contemporary 520 E. Fremont Street inside Emergency Arts
October 7th (first friday!!!) from 6pm-10pm.

Hero Worship
New Work by Erin Stelmon
Kleven Contemporary

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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