First Friday gallery guide: Five shows to see

“Take Me to Paradise” by Anna Kincaide
“Take Me to Paradise” by Anna Kincaide Blue Gallery

Blue Gallery

Blue Gallery is showing “Flower: An Invitational Exhibition” through Aug. 31. The show is curated by Blue Gallery owner Kelly Kuhn and focuses on “how flowers find their way into every iteration of art.”

The exhibit features 14 artists, all looking to push the boundaries of floral expression. For instance: “Stanley Bielen’s ‘Wistful’ takes a minimal approach. Layered yellow atop thick green strokes conjure up a bouquet without providing any detail. The viewer is confronted with a memory, or a familiar image through a window,” according to the gallery.

10 a.m.-9 p.m. First Friday; gallery hours 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. 118 Southwest Blvd.

Jones Gallery

Sandra Conrad’s show, “Raw Emotions,” is up at Jones Gallery through July 28. In her artist statement, Conrad says she views art as a way to bridge the gap between individual ideas and as a universal language.

She explains, “I want my art to be more than a picture; it should be an experience. Words are limited to language; an image holds more potential than any letter, any speech. There is a dimension to the human experience that is too often overlooked, but can be resurfaced through art.”

10 a.m.-9 p.m. First Friday; gallery hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. 1717 Walnut.

Hilliard Gallery

“Real Women” by Chuck Miller runs at the Hilliard Gallery through Aug. 26. Miller is interested in the human form and primarily paints nudes. He writes in his artist statement: “I want to portray the female form in a more classical and honest view, and not have it descended into what ‘society’ dictates as beautiful or perfect.” He generally omits faces but paints what he’s focused on in great detail with “poise and respectful curiosity.”

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. 1820 McGee.

Night Blooms Darkroom

Night Blooms Darkroom and Bookstore presents Chris Edwards’ first solo show, “316 Days.” The show is photographic documentation of the democratic process at various stages during 316 days of the most recent presidential election cycle.

According to the gallery, “By examining the nature and tone of activism at different points, the series shows how engagement changed over time and begins to provide context to the ebb and flow of American activism.” The show runs through July 29.

6-10 p.m. First Friday; gallery hours noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 529 Southwest Blvd.

Todd Weiner Gallery

From July 7 to July 29, Todd Weiner Gallery is showing “Anxiety” by Zachary Arlan. Arlan is a transplant from New York City, where he did design work for Estee Lauder and Clinique. In this show he has attempted to capture the feeling of anxiety.

He “searched for a visual language to communicate the intense and complex plethora of emotions related to the feeling. Arlan employs the use of simple visual elements such as line and space work to work for him to create three dimensional spaces.”

5-10 p.m. First Friday; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 115 W. 18th