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Art Detour 24 Links the Phoenix Art Scene with a Fun-Filled Two-Day Event
Artlink, Inc. will hold Art Detour 24 on Saturday, March 17 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, March 18 (Noon to 6 p.m.), consisting of self-guided tours of art galleries, studios and other venues in Downtown Phoenix. Music and performance art will also be a part providing visitors with a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, “festival” environment.
Whether you’re an established art collector or new to the arts and interested in learning more, Art Detour 24’s diverse base of participating art galleries and activities promises something for everyone – and for all ages.
Highlights of Art Detour 24 Include:
The Arizona Center: The First Stop for Art Detour weekend with two days of art, music, performances, restaurant discounts and more plus free parking for Art Detour 24 participants.
Kids’ Detour: Designated areas of the Detour for kids to choose from a variety of art projects to participate in. To make the walk itself more fun, Kids’ Detour will feature a photo scavenger hunt, with a child-friendly goodie bag for children who complete the scavenger hunt
The Public Hanging: An exhibition where visual artists of all ages and levels of expertise are invited to submit “hangable” works of art for display at Artlink’s A.E. England Gallery
WHAT: Art Detour 24
WHEN: Saturday, March 17 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, March 18 (Noon to 6 p.m.)
In early March, a handy print map and a downloadable online map will be available to guide attendees to Art Detour locations. Light rail stops and convenient parking will be clearly marked for each of the arts districts. Thereafter, aided by information stations at key locations, t-shirted Artlink representatives, and signage, attendees can walk, bike, Pedi cab, taxi or drive to the venues they wish to visit.
About Art Detour
Art Detour is a free, two-day, self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in Downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year providing a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the Downtown Phoenix Arts Community.
Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and promote a thriving arts community in Central Phoenix. Artlink oversees a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year, including First Fridays, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour, and also operates two downtown galleries at Heritage & Science Park and the A.E. England Building. Both gallery spaces are committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, the Artlink First Friday Art Walk and Third Friday Gallery Tour, annual Juried Exhibition, the annual Artlink Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. For more information, visit us online for the latest happening with Artlink. For more information, visit: artlinkphoenix.com.
It’s time for the Artlink First Friday Art Walk!
Click on the image or link below and you will have the four-page PDF file downloaded directly to your computer.
The November First Friday Shuttles are sponsored by Cycle/Lexington Hotel, The Arizona Center, Bryan Albue and Phoenix Community Alliance. The shuttles are kindly provided at a discount by Ollie the Trolley, the official trolley for First Fridays and Downtown Entertainment Express (DEE).
Donations for the shuttle costs are gratefully accepted by Artlink Phoenix, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
One day in late 2008, Ruben Gonzales decided to buy a silk screen T-shirt printing set-up.
Shortly after, the Downtown Phoenix resident and former cell-phone company employee started his own business, 11th Monk3y Apparel and Designs.
He named it after his affinity for collecting stuffed monkeys throughout his lifetime and because the number 11 stuck out to him. He liked that the name sounded catchy but also that it was unique, which was exactly what he wanted his label to be.
“I think I’m pretty out of the norm at times so I wanted my clothing to be like that,” Gonzales says. “The meaning behind it was to be different, stand out, own your individuality and make whatever it is you wear unique to yourself.”
Before launching 11th Monk3y, Gonzales was part of the local breakdancing scene for about 19 years, and one of the reasons he wanted to start his business was to provide inexpensive clothing to other b-boys.
Gonzales says he tries to keep his shirts priced between $10 and $20 and his jackets and sweatshirts between $25 and $35.
“I wanted (my clothes) to be affordable, and I wanted these kids to have cool gear and feel comfortable with what they’re rocking.”
In addition to designing clothes, Gonzales also builds bicycles and creates metal furnishings and artwork and anything else he can think of.
“Whatever I can imagine, I try to create just to see what it’s going to look like and if people like it, then I’ll usually make more and put them up for sale.”
Rising on Roosevelt
Gonzales says that about 90 percent of his designs he creates himself, and that the other 10 percent are collaborative projects.
But Gonzales has been teaming up with people in Downtown Phoenix to create more than just clothing.
Less than two months ago, he and local artist Joseph “Sentrock” Perez went to a Roosevelt Row meeting at monOrchid to get to know other artists and downtown locals.
The two men, who had already talked about how great it would be to someday open a shop together, were offered a place on Roosevelt Row that night.
They chose to call their store The Rise Project, which was the name of Perez’s after-school program for students in the urban school district. The goal of the program was to teach students breakdancing, MC’ing, DJ’ing and graffiti art, and how to practice these elements of hip-hop with respect, Gonzales says.
Gonzales says the name fit their new shop because they were “rising from nothing.”
The original Rise Project had lost its funding but Perez was eager to continue it, so they decided to donate some of the proceeds from the shop to continue the program throughout the summer.
Perez has decided to leave the shop to pursue other opportunities and Gonzales has joined forces with management consultant Dave “Bully” Bjorn and local artist Monica Robles to create a new project in the same building.
Gonzales will continue using the space for 11th Monk3y, Bjorn will use it for his consulting firm and other projects, and Robles will use it as a studio for her artwork.
While the three will use the space for their individual work, they also plan to collaborate on projects.
Gonzales says he is interested in photography and that Robles has agreed to teach him more about it so that he can pursue it further. In return, he will be helping her put her artwork on T-shirts.
Bjorn is going to help them with the business aspect of the space such as connecting with the right people, Gonzales says.
Gonzales hopes the three of them will evolve their skills through the collaborative projects and hopes they will be able to create projects that give back to the community in some way. He also hopes the space itself will make people feel welcome, encourage community involvement and inspire people do something of their own.
“Our goal is to try to bring the community a little bit more to life … make it feel like it’s a city where you can come, park your car and enjoy half your day.”
The Rise Project Pop-Up Shop closed its doors Monday and will reopen September 1 for a soft opening. Gonzales anticipates that by Third Friday, the entire space, which has not yet been named, will be functional and ready for a grand opening.
DPJ magazine’s June/July issue is hot off the presses and ready to celebrate a HOT summer. Pick up a copy at one of 300+ locations in and around the Greater Downtown area. Just a few of the issue highlights:
- Welcome | Meet Guest Editor David Leibowitz and read about his love of Downtown Phoenix
- All-Star BUZZ | Check out the rundown of MLB All-Star Week Festivities, taking place right here in July
- All-Star Regular | Read Leibowitz’s interview with Arizona D-Backs’ Luis Gonzalez and get his take on Downtown
- Paving the Way | J. Seth Anderson’s gets the scoop on a cool new parking lot innovation
- Core Values | Tazmine Loomans gives an account of her interesting conversations with the mayoral candidates
- Eats & Drinks | Justin Lee explores the core and more, helping identify the ideal culinary itinerary for locals and visitors alike
- District Beat | Courtney McCune takes the pulse of the city in a new section that celebrates the haps that make Downtown great
- Centerfold Map | Peruse a four-page, pull-out map and visit some new places on your next First Friday adventure (or any day of the month!)
- Stay up to date on all of the latest Downtown buzz and events, including Phoenix Convention Center’s record summer, the opening of the new Torch Theatre…and more!
If you haven’t picked up an issue, click below for an online view!
The following is a message from Sloane Burwell, President of Artlink Inc., the nonprofit organization behind the First Fridays, Third Fridays and the upcoming 23rd annual Art Detour.
In a few short weeks it will be time for Artlink’s Art Detour 23. We’ve been working hard and you’ll begin to see the marketing for Art Detour starting with the banner ad on the corner of Central Avenue and McDowell Road.
You’ll also start seeing marketing collateral around town, ads going in Java Magazine, Echo Magazine and of course, the New Times. We’re trying some new ideas for promotion and marketing this year and it would be great if everyone would consider joining us.
We’re working on ways that keep you more involved and at the same time, bring more awareness to participating spaces.
In this regard, we are extending Art Detour’s signup to help make that happen. Please consider signing up by First Friday. Art Detour 23 App (507)
I’d be happy to meet people again at the Phoenix Public Market during lunch, or feel free to drop it off at either Just Breathe (828 N. 2nd St.) or After Hours Gallery (116 W. McDowell Rd.). Additionally, if you email me personally, I’d be happy to make arrangements to pick up applications during First Friday.
We’re having Artlink Art Detour meetings weekly now, for neighborhood representatives, participating galleries and key volunteers. I’ll be emailing with details for spaces that are participating.
We hope everyone has a great First Friday,