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"Homegrown AZ Artist Show" at Windup Gallery: Graffiti it’s not just for cinderblock anymore. The bold and energetic aesthetic has recently popped up in galleries (like five15, or Wet Paint when it was showing artists) and coffee shops. With reasonable prices, the work is gaining popularity among the young, indie art crowd. This show, with more than 100 pieces by 21 Arizona artists, is a significant congregation of local graffiti and hipster painters, sculptors and designers. Artists Banding Hendrix, Lalo Cota, Disposable Hero, Dumperfoo, 2much, MadOne, and Roy Wasson Valle are included, with colorful and lively works that range from abstract street-style paintings to wacky figurines and T-shirt designs. “Homegrown” is only the second exhibition in this new space, located near the Mesa Arts Center. Admission is free. Through July 21. 126 W. Main St., Mesa. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment. 480-610-0003, www.windupgallery.com.
"4th Annual Mail Art Show" at The Trunk Space: These days, receiving anything worthwhile through snail mail is a novelty. But there’s a little art fad going on that is bringing mail back, baby, and Trunk Space has tapped into it. This show invited, via the Internet, artists from all over the globe to submit art pieces. Here, works from cities in the U.S. as well as a couple from as far away as Japan and France are displayed. The pieces range from simple postcards (one with text that says, “Your father is coming to see us! Aww . . . shit.”) to more unexpected works, including a plastic envelope filled with sliced carrots, steamy and rotting. The anonymous works are on sale for around five bucks a pop and proceeds will be handed over to charity. Admission is free. Through August 8. 1506 Grand Ave. 602-256-6006, www.thetrunkspace.com.
"Automotivated" at the Phoenix Art Museum, Fashion Design Gallery: If the cars in PAM’s “Curves of Steel” show were enough to get you revved up, check out the fashion gallery for more aerodynamic designs. The dresses on display are sleek, shimmering silks and satins from the 1930s fabrics that cling to a smooth, streamlined shape. The automotive influence is most obvious in Jeanne Lanvin’s 1931 Wedding Dress,which is constructed with visible geometric panels of fabric, much like the welded plates of a car’s body. The show has plenty of beautiful gowns sure to get your motor running. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $4 for children, free to all on Tuesday evenings. Through September 2. 1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. (602) 257-1222, www.phxart.org.
"Life in a Cold Place: Arctic Art from the Albrecht Collection" at the Heard Museum:The humble aesthetic of Grandma Moses the self-taught early-20th-century folk artist is beloved because it serves as a simple reminder of quaint, rural life in America, rich with homey traditions and collective practices of survival. This show offers a similar glimpse into the lives of the Inuit people in the Arctic regions of Siberia, coastal Alaska, Canada and Greenland. Kayaker’s Reflection by Kananginak Pootoogook is a beautiful stone-cut print a straightforward design with stunning use of bold colors. The two-dimensional masses of printed ink tell a quick visual story of everyday life among the Inuit. A man paddling his kayak notes the practices of transportation along Arctic coastlines and waterways. Like a psychological inkblot test, the form offers several interpretations. If viewed vertically, the shapes reveal the silhouette of an Arctic hunter, exposing a force of duality within the image. The show ranges from that compelling work to less-impressive renderings limited to immature and childlike skill levels. Admission is $10; seniors $9; $5 for students with valid ID; children 6 to 12, $3; under 5 free. Through July 31. 2301 N. Central Ave. Call 602-252-8848 or visit www.heard.org.