Arts and Culture

Gallery Sketches: Five shows for First Friday

First Friday comes but once a month, with an embarrassment of gallery riches: fresh exhibitions, pop-up parties, people-watching, performances and great art. Organized navigation isn't always necessary to have a good time on First Friday; still, it doesn't hurt to have some direction -- especially since there are some don't-miss shows and workshops that feel as spontaneous as they are inspiring.

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Tobias Fike: Then and now and then, in the main gallery. Souther Salazar: Today is the Day, in the project room. David B. Smith Gallery May 2 through May 31 Opening reception: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2

Tobias Fike works in personal realms, using whatever materials best suit his visual goals. The centerpiece of Then and now and then is a pyramid of cardboard boxes, starlit from within and held together by an autobiographical framework. Elaborate in concept but simple as an experience, the installation and accompanying photographic works will have your mind swirling in the night sky. In counterpoint, Souther Salazar's site-specific installation brings color and whimsy into the spotlight. Continue reading for more First Friday shows.
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