The theme for July’s First Friday is deliverance, which is fitting because all we want to be rescued from right now is this heat. Stick to the shady areas of Downtown, and we mean that literally. Here’s a collection of galleries to visit while you’re out and about this week.
222 Space (107 E. Charleston Blvd., Ste 222, 222space.com, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) returns with another quirky installation called Ice Cream Pops: Ice Pop Inspired Pop Art. “The show embodies summer time with bright poppy colors and cooling off with everyone’s favorite treat,” says Nova May, co-owner of the gallery with her partner Joel Spencer. “We will be showing our “pop” art and handing out free ice pops.” You had us at free.
Meanwhile, Wonderland Gallery’s (107 E. Charleston Blvd., wonderlandgallery.com, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) tapping into something a little more … steamy. Its Steampunk 2016 exhibit is the first of its kind for the gallery, and features art from local and international artists. For those who don’t know, steampunk is pretty freaking rad. It’s a sci-fi genre often set in the Victorian age where steam-powered machines reign. If you’ve ever seen Wild Wild West or Sherlock Holmes or played the game Bioshock Infinite, then you’ve experienced steampunk. And now, you’ll get Wonderland’s take on it.
A few weeks ago we put the word out about Jana’s Red Room’s (107 E. Charleston Blvd., Ste 135, janasredroom.com) International Juried Art Competition. Winners for the contest will be revealed on July 10, so if you’ve entered, good luck! In the meantime, soak up some culture with Jana’s featured July artists. Everyone from digital illustrator Gear Duran to art deco artist Heather Hermann will have work displayed.
This July, Corner Gallery (107 E. Charleston Blvd. Ste 220, lasvegascornergallery.com) will feature the work of Chimero Arezzo, an incarcerated artist who created his artwork from contraband materials. His work communicates a particularly powerful message on politics and society. Don’t miss it.