District American Kitchen and Wine Bar unveils LOCAL ARTWORK

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar unveils LOCAL ARTWORK

Local Artists Show and Sell Signature Styles of Artwork at an Evening Reception

Get immersed in Phoenix’s art scene, where local talents such as DJs and artists, are featured on a rotating basis at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar – a restaurant that truly melds into the fabric of downtown Phoenix.

On Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m., District American Kitchen and Wine Bar will host an artist reception in conjunction with downtown Phoenix’s monthly “First Friday” art walk. Newly installed work from Por Vida gallery owners and well-known local artists, Pablo Luna, Lalo Cota and Thomas "Breeze" Marcus, will be available to view in the restaurant’s bar and lounge for a limited time – approximately six months.

During the reception, guests can mix and mingle as they watch artist Lalo Cota paint (in-action) and create pieces of work that will be available for purchase. Local DJ Just Chris will make a special guest appearance and provide sounds that will create an artistic yet upscale atmosphere that feels more like a good ol’ neighborhood retreat.

Guests can also enjoying “Street Eats” and happy hour specials from District American Kitchen and Wine Bar’s menu – a menu that features American cuisine created with an innovative twist and all-American spirits, wines and brews. Happy hour specials include $5 sangria, $3 draft microbrews, and smaller prices on small plates such as: District’s Hummus featuring garden fresh vegetables, lavash chips and Queen Creek Olive Oil ($4); Singh Farm Honey Wings with pickled jalapeno and cilantro lime salt ($4); Schreiner’s Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with chive cream cheese and drizzled with Vermont maple syrup ($4).

Por Vida, which means for life, is a gallery in downtown Phoenix where local artists can truly have their own show. The gallery opened in 2012 and is the collaborate brainchild of local artists Pablo Luna, Lalo Cota and Thomas "Breeze" Marcus, all who are active in supporting public art and the growing mural projects throughout the area.

Lalo Cota is a surrealist painter from Mexico who has achieved international popularity. His use of vibrant hues pays homage to a style influenced by indigenous Mexican cultures, European surrealism and modern street art. His paintings often express the delights and horrors of modern life; evoking feelings of both absolute despair and absolute joy. Lalo’s work has been included in a myriad of public exhibitions and private collections throughout the United States and Mexico. Currently, he lives and works in Phoenix and is active in the muralist movement.
While the restaurant’s bar and lounge will feature art with an edge, the restaurant’s main dining room will feature contemporary artwork by Joshua Dean Wiley. Josh’s work takes inspiration from his own world, which includes landscapes that represent the rural Midwest of his youth and vivid abstracts that represent Phoenix’s urban desert. Josh paints with a prolific range of styles and his creative drive is fueled by his desire to explore a variety of mediums. Each of his pieces incorporates a myriad of layers, textures and colors that evoke memories and emotions that lead to a greater appreciation for the world around us. Josh’s work can be found in corporate and private collections locally and around the world. (Attached image “Urban Desert Shimmer” is a piece from Josh Wiley’s collection.)

All featured art in District American Kitchen and Wine Bar will be available for purchase. Complimentary three-hour valet parking is available for the event. For restaurant reservations, call (602) 817-5400 or visit www.districtrestaurant.com. Twitter: @DistrictKitchen and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/district.kitchen.

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, 320 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
(Located at the northwest corner of Third Street and Van Buren in Downtown Phoenix)