Work by Nora Hartlaub featured in the new "Kid Stuff" exhibition at Halt Gallery.
Work by Nora Hartlaub featured in the new "Kid Stuff" exhibition at Halt Gallery.
Courtesy of Halt Gallery

7 Must-See Third Friday Art Shows in Phoenix on February 20

There's lots of good stuff to see this month, especially as galleries and studios ramp up for next month's Art Detour event. See as much as you can during Third Friday, so you'll have more time for other viewings once Art Detour, taking place March 7 and 8, is upon us. Third Friday options include art inspired by childhood themes and materials, art exploring our relationship to birds, and art celebrating the ways we move from place to place.

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"Kid Stuff"

Think back to all those early childhood art-making days, when teachers offered supplies from Popsicle sticks to uncooked macaroni. Now imagine all the ways such simple, inexpensive materials might be used by artists -- which is just what you'll find at Halt Gallery in the Roosevelt Row A.R.T.S. Market. The "Kid Stuff" exhibition features works by ten artists "exploring the contemporary use of techniques and materials ordinarily used by children."

Exhibiting artists include Peter Bugg, Mark Creegan, Nora Hartlaub, Sarazen Haile Kokodynsky, Sara Mejia Kriendler, Dan Lam, Talia Levitt, Whitney Lynn, Ryan Peter Miller, and Christine You-sun Park. Friday's opening reception takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Halt Gallery website.

Detail of Madison Creech work featured in "Migrating Below" exhibition at Step Gallery.
Detail of Madison Creech work featured in "Migrating Below" exhibition at Step Gallery.
Courtesy of ASU School of Art

"Madison Creech: Migrating Below"

We've seen some mighty impressive artworks at Step Gallery inside ASU's Grant Street Studios, so we're excited about seeing this MFA thesis exhibition in fibers inspired by bird wings and flight, and Creech's fascination with birds' aptitude for migration and nest building.

The ASU School of Art notes that Creech's work "uses tools, symbols, and narratives to illustrate the fragmented and confusing relationship between bird and human." Exhibits rotate pretty quickly through this venue, so you've only be able to see this show February 19-28.

This Friday's opening reception takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Find more information on the ASU School of Art website.

A couple of works featured in "Ladies First!" at Jobot Coffee.
A couple of works featured in "Ladies First!" at Jobot Coffee.
Courtesy of Jobot Coffee

"Ladies First!"

You'll find works by 30 artists featured in this exhibition at Jobot Coffee celebrating women in the arts. But there's plenty of entertainment too, including live music by The Darling Sounds and Hula Hoop performance by Lola Joy. Look for DJ Stoneypie & DJ Kaijupie too.

For folks who like the fine print, we've got the full list of participating artists: Amy Austin, Grace Bolyard, Crystal Botello, Erin Caldwell, Allie Conrad, Shona Crawford, Ellie Craze, Lisa Michelle Jacobs, Robyn Kingsley, Gypsy Konecki, Kristina Kuhl, Tara Logsdon, Ashley Macias, Carrie Marill, Lindsay McHenry, Murry Michaud, Kallen Mikel, Niki Rose Noriega, Dawn ODoul, Michelle Ponce, Layal Rabat, Myshele Renee, Carol Roque, Brittany Roza, Natalie Scott, A Claire Slattery, Billie Speece, Bree Stoffer, Vanessa Tutch, and Mimi Tyree.

Friday's opening reception takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Jobot Coffee Facebook page.

Detail of Luis Salazar work featured in "Fugue in Dark and Light."
Detail of Luis Salazar work featured in "Fugue in Dark and Light."
Courtesy of Modified Arts

"Fugue in Dark and Light"

We're always excited to learn about ways one art form intersects with another, so we're eager to see these photographs by Luis Salazar, which were conceived several years ago while watching several ballet and modern dance performances. Salazar notes that "fugue" describes a "contrapuntal composition technique in two or more voices," and says this series translates that concept to "a series of dance movements expressing the relationship between dark and light." Salazar worked under photographer Jack Stuler while studying architecture at ASU, then spent time in Sierra Leone working with the Peace Corps. We figure he must have an interesting take on life, lines and movement. This Friday's opening reception at Modified Arts takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Find more information on the Modified Arts website.

Detail of Andy Brown work featured in "Inside Outside."
Detail of Andy Brown work featured in "Inside Outside."
Courtesy of Willo North Gallery

"Inside Outside"

We're accustomed to seeing Andy Brown's mural art, which graces several buildings in downtown Phoenix. He's painted murals from California to New York, but also does smaller scale works like those you'll be able to see at Willo North Gallery. This solo exhibition features a new series of paintings and drawings focused on "the idea of bringing the internal to the external world." You can meet the artist, enjoy live music, munch on appetizers, and check out the art during this Friday's opening reception from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Willo North Gallery website.

"Avant-Garde"

We always enjoy peeking through the windows of the Eye Lounge to see what members of this Roosevelt Row artist collective are up to, and it's even more fun to go inside and explore the eclectic offerings shown in both gallery space and project room.

"Avant-Garde" features "new, experimental and boundary-pushing works" from past and present Eye Lounge members including Cherie Buck-Hutchison, Turner G. Davis, Mimi Jardine, Chris Maker, Constance McBride, Merkel McLendon, Abbey Messmer, Teresa Moralez, Ann Morton, John Randall Nelson, and Christina You-sun Park.

You'll find artist books and paper sculptures created by Rossitza Todorova "to create a metaphor of the passage of time" in the "Fold & Cut" show inside the project room. This Friday's opening reception takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Find more information on the Eye Lounge website.

Detail of Larry Willis work featured in "Move."
Detail of Larry Willis work featured in "Move."
Lynn Trimble

"Move"

It's all about transportation in this group show paying homage to traditional and less conventional modes of moving about. Think trains, planes, and automobiles -- plus roller skates, caravans, unicycles, and more. "Move" at {9} The Gallery features works by Al Baje, Amanda Adkins, César Baltran, Elizabeth Cheche, Robert Gentile, Kyllan Maney, Rafael Navarro, Cindy Schnackel, Kathy Taylor, Lucretia Torva, and Larry Willis.

We checked it out during First Friday, and found several fun pieces from Maney's glittering pink skateboard deck sporting butterflies to Schmackel's "Brick Chickens" on wheels. The exhibition continues through February 28. Find more information on the {9} The Gallery Facebook page.

One more fun find...

Work by Christine Cassano.
Work by Christine Cassano.
Christine Cassano

"Open Studio + Art Sale" for Christine Cassano

Before relocating to a new studio in the downtown Phoenix warehouse district next month, Christine Cassano is holding a "one weekend only sale" featuring works in several mediums. The sale kicks off during Third Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and continues from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 526 W. Mariposa. Find more information on the artist's website.

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