Featured photo: “Artist Reception” by Fred Tieken, on view at Treeo.
Isn’t it wonderful how you needn’t stroll into every single gallery in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row and can still take in a pleasing assortment of works by emerging and established artists? I did a bit of picking and choosing for Third Friday, October 16, and still felt that my love of viewing art was rewarded.
Another pleasure of Third Fridays is the more laid-back atmosphere versus First Friday, which gives visitors more elbow room in the galleries and which makes it easier to chat with the artists. I enjoyed meeting Patricia Sannit and Fred Tieken for the first time, having followed their work — Sannit’s ceramics and Tieken’s paintings — for a few years now. I also chatted with Larry Kornegay, showing mixed media works with Bill Timmerman’s photographs at Modified Arts. This year’s two-person show is even stronger than last year’s.
As for variety, I think it applies not just to the forms of art and the use of unusual materials that you can see on a single evening, but also to the galleries themselves — all shapes and sizes, from monOrchid’s airy space to the funky but effective spaces of the “hotboxes,” the three shipping containers-turned-mini galleries on the north side of Roosevelt. Congrats to Ted Decker of phICA and Nic Wiesinger of Rhetorical Galleries for keeping the temporary gallery idea alive.
I would have liked to have stopped by Artlink Phoenix’s exhibition at Oasis on Grand, which was juried by John Tuomisto-Bell, Bentley Calverley and Dana Mossman Tepper. If you checked it out, please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.