Jana’s RedRoom: Remember that International Juried Art Competition Jana’s held in June? Well, the results are in. A total of 207 artists repping from 11 countries and 35 U.S. states (and Puerto Rico) entered with more than 350 art selections. Albuquerque’s Denise Weaver Ross scooped Best of the Show with “The Jacks of Jupiter,” a work from her House of Cards series, and will unveil her solo exhibition at for First Friday. Six Las Vegans also won awards in different medium categories. Be on the lookout for their work this month.
Wonderland Gallery: This month’s show highlights illustrator, graphic designer and artist Roxy B. Montoya’s “Bittersweet Nothings,” which are said to be “delicate little drawings,” according to Wonderland owners. Montoya’s a 10-year First Friday vet so show her some love. While you’re at it, show Ashleigh Popplewell the same when you see her thought provoking Bold Little Beetle Bugs. It’s a comment on how easily people can be lumped into one category. People aren’t so different from beetles— there’s hundreds of thousands of them, and they’re all individuals, too. Wonderland’s been busy in the past month making expansions to its gallery. The renovation lends itself to more walls for native artists Kat Tatz, Lynne Adamson Adrian and Lisa Herr, and guest artists: Kat Anderson, Sallie Douglas, Karen Waiksnis DiSorbo.
Sin City Gallery: Go back to your Adolescence this Friday with work from mix-media artist Ali Fathollahi. The exhibit chronicles his childhood in Iran. If you’re any kind of art lover, this one’s for you. According to Sin City Gallery’s Facebook, “The fascinating artist possesses a restrained but brilliant sensibility, expressed in remarkable work echoing motifs from classical painting, botanical illustration, and eroticism that he casts afloat in a beautiful framework of patterning and composition.” We’re in.
Corner Gallery: Pyrography means to write with fire. It’s a specialized craft in which you burn wood into beautiful art. When done right, it can take on a photorealistic element or make a cool looking decoration. See what pyrographic artist Lynne Jordan has cooked up at Corner Gallery along with Native American-themed pieces by Sandra Piilo and Maria von Volborth. Corner Gallery also returns with its Pen and Palette literary series, where attendees can mingle with their favorite local authors, and hear them read their published work. In addition, the gallery offers acting classes. Art isn’t always about the mighty pen or paintbrush.
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery: The Nevada Humanities’ show goes behind the scenes with people who handle those pens and paintbrushes. Transcribing Nevada compiles the inner workings of artists and poets through their sketchbooks and journals. It’s an insider’s look at their process, and you get to see how works of art, in both the physical and literary sense, come together.