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Get The Party Arted



Of course you know First Friday is about art. It’s the one night a month you really paint the town.

But if you skip the galleries, you’re missing out on some intoxicating creations (besides those fresh-fruit martinis at thirtyninehotel, which really are works of art).

Here’s our short list of art shows worth a look tonight.


Mendonca Building Courtyard
John Johnson’s vivid "One Breath" series of underwater photos are moments he captured while submerged with only one breath of air – no tank, no snorkel, just one gasp at the surface. The avid free diver’s images are printed in high-quality giclee and displayed outdoors in the courtyard, surrounded by red brick walls and lush green foliage. 1126 Smith St. (enter through the stand of bamboo at the Blue Dragon gate), 808.262.5930, www.onebreathphotography.com

Black Cat Studio
This tattoo shop's walls are host to a series of paint-on-canvas works by tattoo artist Daniel Morris. The pieces in “The Painted Ladies Collection” are a little racy, and very real-looking, thanks to Morris’s use of three-dimensional techniques. Also on display are works from Black Cat’s own tattoo artists, who will be doing live tattooing until midnight. 1157 Bethel St., 808.524.7580,www.blackcatchinatown.com

 Chinatown Boardroom
This tiny gallery is devoted to art inspired by and dedicated to the ocean. The current “Beneath The Surf” exhibit splashes you with photos of waves and water taken from below the surface by Erin Pfuntner. A portion of the proceeds of photos sold will go towards the Surfrider Foundation. 1160 Nu’uanu Ave., 808.585.7200.

Arts at Marks Garage
Try your hand at creating your own art at the Draw-Thon. Join UH students and instructors as they draw portraits of live models, with proceeds of portrait sales going toward easel repairs and modeling fees for the school. Sam Choy’s Big Aloha Brewery offers fresh ales at a cash bar. 1159 Nu’uanu Ave., 808.521.2903, www.artsatmarks.com

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