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Friday, November 04, 2011

First Friday November has arrived...

Well talk about First Friday sneaking up on you! It was just a few days ago that I was completly preoccupied with Halloween and now BAM its time for the arts festivities Downtown. With the weather finally beginning to show signs of Fall we can pull out our sweaters, fine hats and Hot Totties and enjoy some hot art. Here is Ryan Reason's Cultural Week update with a listing of what is happening around Downtown!

For more information about First Friday Las Vegas -

Have a great weekend everyone!

Inside the Arts Factory

Gia Ray @
Sin City Gallery
Sin City Gallery
Studio 100
Las Vegas artist Gia Ray presents an intriguing look at sexuality through her new series VOLUPTUOUS. Showing over 17 new pieces that features women of all shapes and size, Ray's traditional palette is black ink on white with an occasional splash of red to tranquilize the senses and leave the viewer wanting more. This show, unlike any previous, is done in a sexually provocative way, while retaining the innocence she desires in her pieces.
Scott Sansdoval will also be presenting playful sculptures to delight gallery patrons with his sophisticated interpretation of the female form.
November 3 - 26, 2011
Dr. Laura @ 702.608.2461

Anthony Freda @
Trifecta Gallery
Trifecta Gallery
Studio #135
Keep on the Sunnyside - Anthony Freda
A self described "Lowbrow Information Warrior", Freda is a man on a mission to unlock hearts and minds the world over.
His images of wry humor and ironic social commentary have been published in Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Op-Ed pages.
American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts illustration annuals have all recognized his work with high honors. Freda illustrations are routinely seen on millions of computer screens globally on both mainstream and alternative media news sites.
Preview Thursday November 3 6-8pm
Exhibition runs through November 25th, 2011 (Open Black Friday!)

Joseph Watson Collection
Studio 115
OH...Nature / A solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Shark Toof
Shark Toof returns to Vegas with a new mission. He wants to leave a lasting
impression that you dont have to carry so much guilt listening to nature. Various work will include mixed media panels and installations.
Preview Thursday Nov 3, 6-9pm
First Friday Nov 4, 6-11 pm

Jaikowski Studios
Studio #115 Backroom
Where Las Vegas Entertainment comes alive....
From oil and Acrylics to Pen and Inks......
For an appointment or more info: 702-204-9335
Open every Preview Thurs 7-10PM
Every First Friday 6-11PM

Christian Gabriel Gallery
Suite 125
"To the Corps!"
Happy 236th Birthday to my beloved Marine Corps! This showing will feature works from the "This Is Who We Are" USMC fundraiser. 30% of funds will be donated to www.hiddenwounds.org
Preview Thursday/ 1st Friday, November 3,4 6p-10p

Karen Wheeler @
Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery
Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery
Studio 160
Presenting Claire Bear
Featuring works by Las Vegas artist Karen Wheeler
November 3 & November 4, 2011

Hillary Salon
Studio 250
G-STEEZ magazine Launch Party
Las Vegas' premier skateboard, art and culture magazine produced solely by Las Vegas students, representing free-thinking and individualism.
Friday November 4th 6-10pm
contact: Deven Chase devenchase@gsteez.com

CAC - Contemporary Arts Center
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

8 Martinis Gallery
Studio 205
"Overflow" Face Up Art by Dar Freeland / Mandala Sand Painting by Dar Freeland
Face Up Fine Art Giclees, Original Acrylics on Canvas, and Books by Dar Freeland. Also a live demonstration of a Tibetan Style sand mandala is being constructed in the gallery as a healing meditation for people with cancer.
First Friday, September 2, 2011 • 6pm - 10pm

Cricket Studio & Face Up Gallery
Studio 210
In Cricket Studio: "Primitives" by Brian Swanson
Fine Art Acrylics and mixed media on board by Brian Swanson
In Face Up Gallery: "Helpline" Face Up Art by Dar Freeland
Face Up Fine Art Giclees, Original Acrylics on Canvas by Dar Freeland
Preview Thursday, September 1, 2011 • 6pm - 9pm and First Friday, September 2, 2011 • 6pm - 10pm

PeaceNart Studio
Studio #230
Guest Artist at PeaceNart. Geneva Marquez
3 Baaad Sheep Select Pieces
APH - Controlled Chaos-Series 3

Around the Neighborhood

Retro Vegas
1211 S Main Street,
Mon - Sat 11 - 6 with late hours on First Friday
“Jenessa Kenway’s Vehicle Care”
Jenessa Kenway is a videographer exploring line, pattern and color mixed with her thoughts resulting in use of squares and rectangles to frame elements in her paintings – only for the patterns to escape their borders and creep into other areas. She is playing with balancing an emotional versus scientific understanding of the physical vehicles we inhabit.
Opens First Friday, November 4, at 6:00 pm - continues through until November 30.

Blackbird Studios
1551 South Commerce Street #A
Celebrating Existence: A Show of Atheism.
A collection of work embracing atheistic principles and philosophies, aesthetically merging the magnificent and the mundane. Political suicide and social ostracization be damned as these artists proudly show their absence of faith in work ranging from that which supernovas with seriousness to ones that implode in their levity.
At Blackbird Studios from November 3rd through the 26th.
702-782-0319 l

Brett Wesley Gallery
1112 S. Casino Center Blvd
Stream of Consciousness featuring Dutch artist/designer Jonny Detiger.
In the hands of New York artist Jonny Deti...ger, conversations, chance encounters, thoughts and projections merge into a happy, delirious stream of consciousness strewn across the canvas. Through a mix of paintings and moving sculptures this work explores human interactions through a kaleidoscope of iconic imagery, text, color and light.
Opening and artist reception will be Thursday November 3, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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.

Las Vegas
Watercolor Society
@ Holsum Design Center
Holsum Design Center
Las Vegas Watercolor Society @ H. Stephen Jackson, Architect
241 W Charleston Blvd., Suite 107
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

City of the World Gallery
1229 Casino Center at Colorado
Vegas Artists Guild exhibition
With over 25 artists this is a must see destination in 18b - Las Vegas' Arts District

Fremont East Entertainment District

Emergency Arts
520 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

Erin Stelmon @
Kleven Contemporary
Emergency Arts
Kleven Contemporary @ Emergency Arts
work by Erin Stellmon is on view for November First Friday!
Come down for candy and art!! And First Friday good times!!
Kleven Contemporary will be open 6-10, November 4th!

The Weekend

Saturday November 5th:

Talky Trees
On the Patio
Bar + Bistro @ the Arts Factory
Starting at 5pm
Feature Performers this month include, poetry by John Survivor Blake and music by Shaun DeGraff

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

Sunday November 6th:

Kidz Creative Korner and Brunch!
On the Patio
Bar + Bistro @ the Arts Factory
Born and Raised Productions presents ~
KIDZ CREATIVE KORNER on the Patio @ Bar & Bistro inside The Arts Factory!!
Tour the Arts Factory and visit all the galleries with the little culture lovers in your life. Have brunch on the Patio while your little Picasso makes up a masterpiece.
This will be the 2nd KCK, which will regularly be held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month! This event is geared around parents & their children exploring creativity together through the arts. They can take arts out of our schools but not our community!!
11am to 3pm this Sunday, November 6th

Capture Downtown Photo Competition exhibition
Emergency Arts
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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