Your guide to the April Art Walk

It’s an eclectic lineup on the first Friday in April on Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and in downtown Phoenix.

Those interested in live tarot can stop by Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge on Grand Avenue to listen to live music and live paint. Handcrafted mandalas will be on display at Trinity Cathedral’s Olney Gallery.

The monthly Roosevelt Row Art Walk will feature live music, food trucks and vendors along Roosevelt Row, with the “Unmasked” exhibit featured at the Evolve Gallery.

Other First Friday highlights include Eye Lounge’s collective exhibition by its member artists, an innovative video installation and “Tense” exhibit on display at Modified Arts and “How Old Is It: Southwestern Silverwork, 1850-1940 ” on view at the Heard Museum.

Here’s your complete guide to the events of the first Friday in April.

Your First Fridays guide:Parking, galleries, museums, what’s free and more

Group exhibition ‘Ameda’ at the Eye Lounge on Roosevelt Row

Eye Lounge will feature artist members Shorty Green, Megan Driving Hawk, Yuna Kim, Christy Witmer, Buzzy Sullivan, Katherine Del Rosario, Amy Sansbury Manning and Hyewon Yoon in a group exhibition that celebrates their artwork done in isolation. Embroidery, fiber sculpting and GIF animations are some of the art forms in this multi-media exhibition.

The gallery will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday. The exhibition will continue until April 10.

Details: Eye Salon: 419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-430-1490,

Tarot and live music at Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge on Grande Avenue

Stop by Cha Chas Tea Lounge 7-10pm for live music, tarot, live painting and artwork for sale. Artist Sophia Ilona will paint live and the tea room will also host an artist reception with Hedda Neelsen. Plus, visitors can enjoy live music from singer-songwriter Lissett Dennis.

Details: Cha Cha Tea Room, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix.

“Sacred Harmony” in the Olney Gallery of Trinity Cathedral

Jessica Gentile will be exhibiting her Spiritual Abstraction work at Trinity Cathedral's Olney Gallery for First Friday.

Olney Gallery will present artists Jessica Gentile, Mitra Kamali, Marcia Losh and Vikki Reed in an exhibition that integrates innovation and art. Kamali, will combine his engineering degree with his artistic passion. Losh and Reed will display mandalas – some created from digital photographs and collage decorations and other mandalas will be painted.

The First Friday reception will be from 6-9 p.m. on April 1.

Details: Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St. Phoenix.

‘Tense’ at Modified Arts

What does the “American dream” mean? In the upcoming Modified Arts exhibition, “Tense, artists Chris Jagmin, Ann Morton, and Safwat Saleem examine their past stories, current anxieties, and future hopes. The exhibition will interweave words, graphics, paintings, video and sound to examine the nature of belonging and the struggles that come with the deep desire to belong.

The exhibition on the first Friday will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: Altered Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix. 317-755-7971,

Print a poster at Hazel & Violet Letterpress

Print a free poster on Grand Avenue at Hazel & Violet Letterpress, open 5-10 p.m. on the first Friday. The store also has cards, coasters, calendars, and stationery available for purchase.

Details: Hazel & Violet Letterpress, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 480-544-2162,

“Microcosm” by Aimee Ollinger at Sisao Gallery on Grand Avenue

At Aimee Ollinger’s “Microcosm” exhibit, Ollinger will showcase handcrafted paintings that explore multiple layers of nature through a close-up lens. Each work has a simple and concrete objective: to expose the complexity of the landscapes through an abstract interpretation in his works of art in mixed media.

Details: Sisao Gallery, 1501 Grand Avenue. Phoenix. 516-603-1930,

Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs at the Phoenix Art Museum

This exhibition features the works of post-World War II Japanese photographers, including Daidō Moriyama, Masahisa Fukase, Miyako Ishiuchi, and Eikoh Hosoe. The aesthetic? A high caliber grainy, rough and blurry photograph that is a total departure from photography of the time. The exhibition presents 87 works from Japanese projects from 1961 to 1989.

Other exhibits include “Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s” which features over 80 pieces of paper dresses, jewelry, swimwear, handbags and more. Another includes the “Legacy of Ceylon: Art and Photography of Sri Lanka” which features over 50 objects from over 1,000 years of Sri Lankan artwork.

Free admission hours for the first Friday are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

Details: Phoenix Museum of Art, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880,

‘UPCYCLE: RE:cycle. Scum. RE:imagine’ at Found:RE

UPCYCLE: RE: cycle. Scum. RE: imagine. will be on display throughout the property, showcasing works by Arizona artists who have used their craft by repurposing and repurposing materials and objects into works of art. This diverse selection of artwork, which embraces the mindset of sustainability, will premiere ahead of Earth Day on April 22. The exhibition will continue until Saturday July 23.

The first Friday will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

While at FOUND:RE, guests can stop by the urban primitive series “See—Hear—Sing—Fly” by artist Tempe Joan Waters. The poolside installation reinvents satellite dishes in a four-part work that explores the power of nature in technology.

Details: FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-875-8000,

“How Old Is It: Southwestern Goldsmithing” at the Heard Museum

The Heard Museum exhibits “How Old Is It: Southwestern Silverwork, 1850-1940”, which documents more than 100 years of Aboriginal silverwork from the early 1850s to the years before World War II. Spectators can walk through this gallery and trace the evolution of silversmithing in the Southwest over the years. Navajo and Pueblo jewelry, among other silver items, will be on display.

“Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art” — which features paintings and sculptures by Native American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries — is on view through October 23.

The Heard Museum is offering free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. this first Friday. The Coffee Cantina and Books & More will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. 602-252-8840,

“We Outside” show with New City Studio

Yophi Adia Bost will perform at New City Studio's

This First Friday New City Studio collaborates with singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and spoken word artists for a showcase of voice, movement and sound. The one-night event will also include food trucks, drinks and garden games for spectators. The show will feature performer Yophi Adia Bost, arts advocate, music educator and musician.

Details: 7-10 p.m. April 1. Arizona Humanities, 1242 N Central Ave, Phoenix.

“Unmasked” at Roosevelt Row’s “Evolve” Gallery

See digital works by Dustin Lopez and acrylic paintings by Harley Holt at Roosevelt Row Evolve Gallery’s ‘Unmasked Exhibit’. The show will be presented at the Visitor Centre.

Details: 6-9 p.m. April 1. Roosevelt Row Gallery 918 N. Second St., Phoenix.

Muralist Lalo Cota at the Wayward Taphouse on Grand Avenue

Admire the works of Phoenix muralist Lalo Cota inside the Wayward Taphouse on Grand Avenue. The evening event will feature a live DJ, artists painting live outside on the patio, and Bucky’s Burgers food truck for bites to eat.

The first Friday event will run from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m.

Details: The Wayward Taphouse, 1028 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-671-7900,

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