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First Friday in Phoenix: Here's how to view August's online events and exhibitions

Elizabeth Montgomery
Arizona Republic

Downtown Phoenix's First Friday art walk will be virtual until further notice.

You can still take part in the event, however, as some downtown Phoenix museums and galleries will be hosting online activities on Friday, Aug. 7. This marks the fifth month of virtual First Friday events.

In person First Friday events have been shut down due to concerns about large gatherings of people since the outbreak of COVID-19 cases began taking off in March.

While the majority of museums across the Valley are temporarily closed, many have events and activities you can do from home any day, including First Friday.  

Here are more ways to celebrate First Friday in August without leaving the house.

Roosevelt Row

Experience the downtown Phoenix art walk through your computer.

The Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation has created a 360-degree Google Street View tour of the Second Street A.R.T.S. Market block so fans can support local artists.

Artwork is available for purchase via the digital stores of more than 20 vendors including Project Whimsy, Flowersong Soap Studio, Imagine Threads, TwistedFae and Eye of Octopus

Details: rooseveltrow.org/first-friday-virtual-tour.

{9} The Gallery

A 10-by-10-inch canvas giclee by Nigel Clouse, titled "Vanquished," a work from {9} the Gallery's "Tiny Works ǀ Tiny Dances IV" event in 2018.

The contemporary art gallery {9} presents Keely Finucane's "Liquid Confidence - Overserved," a virtual art show that will be available on August's First Friday.

According to a press release, the exhibition is comprised of 11 oil paintings that symbolize a romance between two individuals and the role alcohol has in both the development and ultimate destruction of their relationship.

An interview with the artist will be available on the gallery's Facebook and Instagram accounts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. 

Details: 9thegallery.comartsy.net.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Learn to make an Ikebana flower arrangement from artist Ping Wei, who will be teaching from the garden via Facebook Live.

Ikebana is the art of intricately arranging cut stems, leaves, and flowers. The tradition evolved in Japan over seven centuries ago. 

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. on the garden's Facebook page.

Detailsfacebook.com/JFGPHX.

Bentley Gallery 

Beautiful works at Bentley Gallery during Art Detour on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

This downtown Phoenix gallery is currently open to the public.

Visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the gallery.

The gallery's current exhibition "$2,500 x 18" is also on display online. The show features artwork created by artists during the new coronavirus pandemic. 

Artists include Jake Fischer, Daniel Brice, Denise Yaghmourian, George Thiewes and Jessica Palomo. 

The Arizona nonprofit, Artlink, will receive 10% of sales from this exhibition. Artlink supports community-based art events and initiatives.

Details: bentleygallery.com.

Elizabeth Montgomery is Arts and Culture Reporter for The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com. Reach her at emontgomery@azcentral.com or 602-444-8764. Follow her on Twitter @emontnews.

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