Soggy notes from First Friday, June 5, 2015

Explore Art: Phoenix

Featured photo: “Goodnight Sweetheart,” by Scott Wolf.

It rained. In June. My notebook got soggy, and I had to stuff my camera under my shirt. OK, just had to get that out of the way, because we longtime Phoenicians get excited about rain. In June.

On to the art: There is a show inside Bokeh Gallery at monOrchid that I wish everyone could see in this post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan age of acknowledging our veterans, but perhaps not fully acknowledging their pain. “Stories of Their Sacrifices: PTSD” features the photography of Christopher “Boats” Oshana and Scott Johnson — Oshana with close-up color portraits of veterans bearing mental and emotional — if not physical — scars, and Johnson with heartwarming black-and-white portraits of veterans bonding with service dogs from the “Soldier’s Best Friend” project.

Curator Nicole Royse posted on Instagram that Mayor Greg Stanton attended the First Friday opening, which is a laudable…

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