Calendar of Events

Exhibits, Performance, Events

Transforming community through the arts:

2019-2020 CALENDAR

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CoronaPauseThumbRespecting the state of emergency declared by Mayor Gallego and your safety our gallery is closed and events through April have been postponed.

Stay safe and in calm spirit, we’ll keep you informed as developments happen. We’ll look forward to seeing everyone soon.

The below events will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Please return for updates.

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Lion-SalonApril 3-10, 2020
Phoenix Elementary School District’s Juried Youth Art Show & Sale
Viewing: Tue-Fri, 12-6pm. free
Student works, $25ea., Students receive 100%.

April 3 First Friday Opening
Art Opening with School Band, Dance, and Musical Performances
Friday, April 5, 3:30 – 5:30pm. Cookies and punch provided. Free

The public is invited to witness firsthand the enthusiasm and pride of downtown’s first Elementary School District’s colorful Art Departments and performance programs perseverance in the face of cutbacks in funding.

There will be approximately 300 juried pieces made by students in the 5th through 8th grades, representing 16 Schools, and 18 teachers. Art is displayed Salon-style, and sold right off the wall; including sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography. All art sold for $20 right off the wall, on a first come basis, replaced with yet another piece – with 100% going to the student artist.

One of the exhibit founders, John Avedisian (retired art teacher), says “the goal was to give students the experience and excitement of a real gallery setting, surrounded by parents, teachers, neighbors and civic leaders. The exhibit rewards months of effort developing positive self-expression.” For many it will be a first time seeing their art on display in a gallery. For others it will be the first time they’ve seen an art exhibit.”
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ElementalThumbApril 4, 2020
ELEMENTAL
performance on marimba by artist
Marilyn Clark Silva

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door
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It is an avante-garde new music work; the sounds, timbres, and textures used are beautiful and designed to draw in the listener, both aurally and visually. Each layer of the loops explores a different aspect of the element – for example “Fire” begins with sparks, adds embers, then smolder, tongues of flame, and ends with a blaze. It is a truly unique musical performance experience. More Info……………

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Thumb1April 11, 2020
Silver String Circus Presents
SPEAKEASY
A Great Gatsby Themed Circus, Magic and Improv Show
Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show : 7pm door, 8pm show
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There’s nothing more iconically 1920’s than The Great Gatsby… but what did F. Scott Fitzgerald leave unwritten? Join Silver String Circus as they go beyond the book to bring you a tale of mystery, love, and opulence. Let Jay Gatsby himself be your guide back in time with live music, circus arts, magic, improv games, and more! Embrace your inner bootlegger at Alwun House, and try your luck in true speakeasy style with our literary raffle (sponsored by Bookman’s Phoenix!)……More info…….

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OliverioThumbApril 17 – May 8, 2020
The Cultural Traveler
featuring Oliverio Balcells

Third Friday Opening Reception 7pm-10pm

Experience a multimedia piece combining film and music by artist Oliverio Balcells. Take a journey of sound, languages, color, textures and history that engages audiences through evocative images with original live and recorded music that accompanies this piece.

The work reflects, through the eyes and ears of the artist, a multimedia celebration that leads to the routes traveled since ancient times to share visions, philosophies and knowledge that has been enriched through cultural exchanges, which even in our present endures and is alive.

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Mayor Greg Stanton, stressed the importance of artists in bringing downtown Phoenix the success it experiences today. “Art is a gift,” Stanton said. “We wouldn’t have the momentum that we have, the other good things we have, without the artists.” He praised artists for helping make downtown what it is today and seeing potential in areas others did not, including himself. “Anytime you see me at a groundbreaking for some new development, be clear: I’m thinking about the artists that help find the beautiful nooks and crannies in our town … you are our eyes and ears. As we look at pioneers Alwun House — Kim Moody (Founder 1971) and Dana Johnson” “You were here first, and everything else we’ve done is on your shoulders.” Alwun House appreciates Mayor Stanton’s inclusion of artist and gallery owners in inter-departmental city planning.

MUTIGENERATIONAL REVIEW
“I love this place! And fell in love with The Alwun House back when I was in the 7th grade. My first piece was sold here. It was a still life done w pastels entered by Mrs. Wilnow, my art teacher. Years later my son Victor Solis while still in elementary school, also had his art exhibited and proudly sold 5 pieces of art. He is now 16 and a sophomore at North. Proud to say we are artists at heart. Thank you Alwun House for the beautiful memories and the opportunities given.”

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8 Responses to Calendar of Events

  1. What Empty Nesters do at Easter.
    I got a great lesson, Sunday, in how other people cope with empty nests. In this first year of 25 that I’ve had neither husband nor kids at home, holidays have been ….difficult. This Easter, it was my privilege to participate in a “Magnum Opus” by chef and architect, Dana Johnson.
    8 guests, 8 courses, 4 hours.
    4 desserts.
    After the 3rd course, the salad (more like a Theme Park), we had to have a break and walk around.
    Susie spent quality time with BunBabe, the Real Easter Bunny. Eli gave impromptu massages. Dave got ice slipped down his shirt (on purpose) and au jus from the crown roast (by accident). Crystal wore an outrageous retro outfit complete with carnation hat and red fur purse. (the matching red fur muff had disintegrated). It’s the first time I ever heard Brian wax poetic! Carol and I discovered a mutual passion for egg painting and the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Sandra talked about palate cleansers, Kim twinkled at the foot of the table, and we all needed coffee and chocolate to fend off a food coma.
    After the creme de cassis and vanilla cordials, the ice cream sandwiches made with rock sugared egg cookies, and the giant blueberry and cherry cream cheese cake tart, we just stared at dessert number 4. So the poor little Sacrificial lamb cake (red velvet with secret frosting) got beheaded, and a piece sent home with each guest. Reverently, for breakfast.
    Dana has a waiting list of adopted family and friends, willing to sell their firstborns for a place at his table. It is rare to be invited to an event like this. I ‘m privileged not only to have had the experience, but also to have learned a truism:
    You create a temporary family from whomever happens to be there – and a memorable feast celebrates the adoption.
    Very clever, those Alwun House boys.
    by D. Smith

  2. Timothy Faulkner Parker

    I love this place haven’t been there in years but exotic art shows and parties are some the best I’ve ever been to,, Great Fun open minded People,,,A+++

  3. We just held an event at the Alwun house 1/17/14 for Gabriel’s Angels and the Gabriel’s Angels Board of Young Professionals and overall we couldn’t be any happier with the result. Dana and Kim were great to work with and our plan is to make this an annual event at this location. Overall just an awesome experience and a great venue. Thanks again Dana and Kim for a spectacular night!

    Nathan

  4. Happy Exotic Art Show, you amazing Phoenix heartbeats!!! This achievement is truly Awesome!!! I get goosebumps thinking about the first day the art begins to arrive, and the bright allure that the buzzing vibrations bring to downtown. The House has been a sanctuary for so many, a support for art-lovers of all ages and backgrounds, and a beating heart for the Phoenix arts community.
    Thank you thank you thank yooooooo!

  5. Arcelio Martinez

    October 23 at 8:46pm
    YE OLDE ALWUN HOUSE IS ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES OF ART, EDUCATION AND SO MUCH MORE IN THE STATE YES OUR RACIST STATE ALWUN HOUSE BRINGS PEOPLE TOTETHER

  6. Lighthouse artist, Baron Dixon review: Well, this last Friday’s “Lighthouse!” exhibit opening was, in my opinion, the best one yet! Artistic inventiveness was on full display (and WILL be all through December as the show will be lit up for evening viewing hours) in this truly multimedia experience. And the only thing that could distract us all from the pretty lights was the BAND on stage, the Haymarket Squares. They played three sets, and at the end unplugged themselves from their amplifiers, and roused us with a couple of songs amongst us, the audience. They are awesome singer/songwriters with lyrics in their original songs worthy of the Broadway stage, like the anthem, “Buy My Vote.”

  7. Pleasure being part of the Exotic Show experience these last couple of years.

    Thanks all visitors for the Viewers Choice Award!

  8. Rafael Gutierrez

    I have missed you will see you soon Great JOB!