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February 13 – March 8, 2024

41st Exotic Art Show

Exhibit: February 13 – March 8 2024

Viewing: Tuesday – Friday, Noon to 6 pm

Step into a realm where artistic expression transcends the ordinary and dives headfirst into the extraordinary at the Exotic Art Show, an exhibit that pushes the boundaries of creativity and passion. Featuring over 40 local and regional visual artists, this showcase is a tantalizing blend of provocative, playful, sensual, and audacious works that defy convention and celebrate the uninhibited spirit.

As the crown jewel of unconventional art experiences, the Exotic Art Show has earned its reputation as a daring spectacle that captivates the senses. Now in its 41st year, it stands as the country’s longest-running exhibit of erotic and exotic art. Like a provocative ballet, it has become Alwun House’s equivalent of the “Nutcracker,” enchanting audiences and supporting the original nonprofit arts organization since its inception in 1971.

This mesmerizing exhibit is not only a feast for the eyes but also a vital fundraiser for Phoenix’s Alwun House, contributing to the flourishing arts and cultural scene of the community. Every brushstroke, every sculpture, and every piece of art on display is a testament to the power of creativity to inspire, challenge, and elevate. This is a juried exhibit with three peer jurors: Lalo Cota, Maggie Keene and Kyllan Maney. Jurors will award three artists with $1,000 Critic’s Choice Awards, Winners of the awards will be announced at the opening event 2/9/24.

Join us on a visual journey that transcends the ordinary, as the Exotic Art Show unfolds its captivating narrative. Immerse yourself in a world where passion knows no bounds, and art becomes an unbridled celebration of the human spirit.

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Pain Proof Punks – Cryptozoology: A Freakshow Of Legends & Myths

Doors open at 8pm, Show at 9pm
Tickets: advance $20 GA & $25 VIP, Day of show $25

Cryptozoology: The study of evidence tending to substantiate the existence of, or the search for, creatures who reported existence is unproved. Referred to as Cryptids, such as the Wendigo, Chupacabra, Rougaru, Jersey Devil, and The Mothman.

The Pain Proof Punks are back again to excite and fright with Sideshow, Burlesque, Drag, and more!! For one night only you can see all the creatures of legend! We will breathe life into myth as we entertain with skills such as Fire Play, Staple Gun,Belly Dance, Stilt Walking, and more! This is an outdoor stage style event with seating and vendors! We will test your boundaries and transport you to a world of the creepy and comedic, the beautiful and bizarre! Bring your dollar bills and your taste for the strange!

Host: Pepper LaRouge
Performers: Rusty The Clown, Jacqueline Hide, Katara, Trina Von Blood, Carmen Sideme, Gee Notorious, Ennis F. W., Dustin Riot, Lady Nichole, Gem Shoei
Producer: Rusty The Clown A Pain Proof Punks Sideshow Production

March 8, 2024

Sirens of Spring by Haus of Prowl

March 8, 2024 

Doors open 7pm, show at 8pm

Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door.

Embark on a mesmerizing journey as Haus of Prowl returns with ‘Sirens of Spring,’ an unforgettable spectacle that promises to close Alwun House’s Exotic Art Show in grandeur. Prepare to be captivated by a stunningly phabulous show, pushing the boundaries of theater exclusively for you.

The moment the enthralling Sirens take the stage, your senses will be spellbound as they twirl and cast their enchanting spells, leaving the audience begging for more. Immerse yourself in a truly theatrical burlesque experience, unlike anything Phoenix has witnessed before, featuring live vocalists who will transport you to another realm.

This is not just a show; it’s a surrender to the haunting voices, alluring dancers, and soaring aerialists of Haus of Prowl. Picture yourself surrounded by an atmosphere that welcomes the light of spring with a dark, spicy twist. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an extraordinary event that will linger in your memory. Secure your tickets now and be prepared to embrace the magic of ‘Sirens of Spring’ – an experience that transcends the ordinary and takes you on a journey like never before!

This is your last opportunity to witness the Exotic Art Show exhibition 2024. Dress for success. Fetish and cosplay attire welcome. Punch du jour specials, including our daring guest sponsor Voodoo Ranger bringing kick-ass ales are available at the Cash Bar. 21+ Show goes on rain or shine. No Refunds.

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March 15-30, 2024

The Julian & Tom Show – March 15 – 30, 2024

Opening Reception: March 15, 6-10pm, Free

A two person exhibit by well established artists Julian Harr and Tom Stephenson, who have banned together to create this exhibition to share their unique twists on the bizarre and their mutual leanings toward the psychedelic. Both artists have well known reputations and have been honing their craft here in the Valley of the Sun for decades. While the exhibit showcases new works from both artists Tom will be displaying some of his more adventurous paintings on 3D surfaces which only enhances the viewer’s admiration for his technical skills at rendering with his airbrush and his artistic talent. Mr. Stephenson has been a recipient of numerous awards and exhibited at Alwun House since the 80’s.

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April 5-12, 2024

31st Salon des Enfants
First Friday, April 5 – April 12

Phoenix Elementary School District’s Juried Youth Art Show & Sale. There will be approximately 300 juried pieces made by students in the 5th through 8th grades, representing 13 Schools, and 13 teachers. Art is displayed Salon-style, and sold right off the wall; including sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography. All art sold for $25 right off the wall, on a first come basis, replaced with yet another piece – with 100% going to the student artist.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday April 7th @ 4-6pm, 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. A public presentation of the performing arts too with dance, drama and a school bands.
Exhibit will be open for First Friday 6-10pm

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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April 6, 2024

Silver String Circus: Roll for Initiative
Doors open 7pm, Show at 8pm
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 Day of Show

Join Silver String Circus for a night of sideshow, magic, music, improv, and most importantly – DUNGEONS & DRAGONS! Grab those D20s and your favorite wizard robes, because this ragtag group of adventurers needs your help on a quest of magnificent proportions! This is a night of nerdy fun unlike any you’ve experienced before. You and your party will be wowed with a circus show full of grace and danger, with death-defying acrobatic displays, fearsome monsters, extraordinary magical feats, and so much more, hosted by Dungeon Master and bard extraordinaire, Syren Dee! Your wonderful cast for the evening includes:

  • Syren Dee, Dungeon Master and wandering bard extraordinaire,
  • Lighteater, the masterful monk and flow artist
  • Asher Fang, the wondrous weeaboo wizard
  • Rosie Thorne, the entrancing acrobatic rogue
  • Loki, a monster shaped like a man
  • Kendra Foti, the queen of flames!

Don’t miss out on this unique experience for gaming and fantasy enthusiasts of all ages! Tickets are limited so buy yours while they last!

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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.

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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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