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Friday, May 04, 2012

Mayday Mayday its First Friday!!!

Gnome by Jesse Smigle
At Boulder Plaza behind
the Arts Factory
After a pretty amazing Preview Thursday I do have to say that we are in for an even more exciting First Friday. Shows at the Contemporary Arts Center, Trifecta Gallery, and La Chica Gallery have me pretty excited. Not to mention Danny Roberts over at Brett Wesley Gallery is always a crowd-pleaser. This months First Friday is themed The Art of Science to play off this weeks Las Vegas Science Festival festivities.

So with all this said here is a very brief list of evenrthing that is happening in Downtown. Actually there is much more happening so the best way to find out about it all is just come down and explore for yourself!

For more information check out the official First Friday website http://www.firstfridaylasvegas.com/

For a recap of what is happening at the Arts Factory here is the Reason Report -

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.

There is just SO MUCH to do Downtown this Culture Weekend, we can't
possibly keep up with reporting all of it. But here are just a few of
the great things you can see, do and experience this Preview Thursday,
First Friday, Talky Trees Saturday and Bluegrass Brunch on Sunday!!

At the Arts Factory:

Trifecta Gallery
Suite #135
For his 4th solo show in Trifecta, the artist finds a seemingly happier place to spend his mind’s time. Or did he? The mixed-media exhibition tells the story of a recent beach vacation to the famous California pier as told in the way only this storytelling painter can.
Preview the show and meet the artist Thursday May 3, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Refreshments by M.Antoinette 'Legendary Confections'.
Exhibit runs through May 25, 2012

Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery
107 E. Charleston Blvd., suite 160
Spring is in the air at Jenny Valdez Inc. Gallery as artists celebrate the art of tea. ArtisTea features works from Barbara Gomez, Theresa Lucero, Lynne Adamson, Jana Lynch, Jaye, Nicholas Walsh, Charmaine Gurule, and Jenny Valdez.
Preview Thursday, May 3, 2012, from 6p.m. to 9 p.m.
First Friday, May 4, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Happy Panda Toys
Suite 105A
A designer toy shop focusing on art toys, apparel and lifestyle products. All our products are limited edition, collectible pieces of art that feature a fusion of graffiti art, graphic design, and pop surrealism.
Open Daily:
Tuesday - Thursday 11AM - 6PM,
Friday 11AM - 7PM and Saturday 1PM - 9PM
(702) 516 3432

Suite 105b
To Traverse Your Dreams, In The Face of Impossibility
"Happiness comes in different forms for everyone, what brings peace and joy to my life is art, but most importantly the process of creating it." - Joseph Garrison
Don't miss Joseph Garrison's Las Vegas debut!
May 3 - May 31
Maria@hellpop.net or 702.900.6278

Hiptazmic Studio @The Arts Factory
Studio 105C
Steampunk / Victorian Inspired & Aluminum Jewelry & Art by Christine Esposito
Acrylics & Crayon Art by Gabby Esposito
NEW Custom Tees & patches by Matt Esposito of Freak Society
Tuesday - Saturday 11a.m. - 6p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday
Preview Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
First Friday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Matt Esposito 325-6333

Jaikowski Studios
Suite #115 Backroom
Experience the World of Comic Art.
Comic Pin Up Art of Ty Romsa
Preview Thursday May 3 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday, May 4 7:00pm -11:00pm

Around the Neighborhood:

Skin City Body Painting Studio & Boutique
1209 S. Main St., LV, NV 89102
Finally Robin Slonina--owner of Skin City Body Painting--is taking brush in hand herself to do the May First Friday body paint demo. The inspiration for the body paint demo this month is the master Surrealist artist Rene Magritte, to be painted on the Vegas showgirl and singer Carolin. Also in the house is the funky sounds of DJ Dan the Man, as well as art exhibits by Steve Horlock, John Gallegos and other local artists.
Friday, May 4, 2012 - 6pm till 11pm
702-431-7546 (Main)
702-885-3777 (Cell)

Retro Vegas
1131 S Main Street
Glass Fused
Artist Charlene West, with talent, experience and education in many
artistic media, melds her skills into creating one-of-a-kind fused
glass designs. Influenced by mid-century masters such as Eames,
Glaser, Kidd, Miro and Shag, West’s creativity has always been about
experimenting like a mad art-scientist, interpreting experiences and
enjoying the adventure.
Opens First Friday, May 4, at 6:00 pm - continues until May 31.
Mon - Sat 11 – 6, Sun 12 – 5 with late hours on First Friday
retro-vegas.com, 702-384-2700

Blackbird Gallery
1551 S Commerce Street
New works from Miks & Dasha Biggs. AS well as LA artists Ken Garduno and Tom Haubrick.
702.782.0319 l 702.742.6241

Brett Wesley Gallery

1112 S. Casino Center Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104
Our Digital Selves - Exhibition Dates: May 3 - June 30, 2012
Danny Roberts celebrates his third solo show at Brett Wesley! In his exhibition “Our Digital Selves” he presents a new series of paintings which explore the impact of the internet and how online phenomenon like Twitter and Facebook are altering our behavior, identity, and pop culture overall. Roberts uses human figures, digital iconography, and dramatic colors as he explores how our behavior is changing the way we interact with each other and the world around us.
Intimate artist reception Thursday May 3rd, 5-8 pm, than join the party on First Friday May 4th, 5-9 pm
702.433.4433, victoria@BrettWesley.com, facebook.com/BrettWesleyGallery

1511 S Main St 89104
CLAY ARTS VEGAS is pleased to announce we will be hosting two events. In our 600 square foot gallery we will be hosting the ceramic art of local artists, including: Thomas Bumblauskas, Michelle Houk, John Gregg, Adam Swang, and Lynda Whitehair. In the educational area we will be hosting we will be hosting CCSD's "FEATS OF CLAY" the annual Clay Olympics. With 10 local Las Vegas High School participating, we are expecting 90 plus local young artists. The events include: MUGATHON, No Hands Throwing, Building a House of Card (made of wet clay), and other live demonstrations of skill. The event is scheduled to start at 4:30pm

Saturday May 5th at the Arts Factory

Talky Trees
Backyard Stage
Starting at 6pm
We are the Talky Trees: Free Arts & Entertainment Among Friends
Features will be Katie Shipp, Connor Marshall, Kella, and the 2012 LV Slam Team, as well as a send off for Katie Shipp, and a congrats to the new slam team.

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 May 6th at the Arts Factory
Bluegrass Brunch
12pm - 4pm
Now Every Sunday, Bar+Bistro's Hangover Brunch (named “The Best Brunches in Vegas” Las by Vegas Weekly) becomes Bluegrass Brunch when 'Out of the Desert' stops by to play. A little banjo with your B+B Pancakes is a perfect start to a lovely day.

Impressions from Preview Thursday

Gnome at Boulder Plaza
Gushan at La Chica Gallery
Arts Factory
At Kleven Contemporary inside Emergency Arts
On Fremont Street

Subtraction by Joel Spencer
@ Trifecta Gallery

Mandwich Redux @ Sin City Gallery

New mural at the Corner Store on Main
Biscuit Street Preacher at Trifecta Gallery
Noctilucent at the Contemporary Arts Center

New Attractions in the Arts District just click on the image

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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