See work by Zach Valent at Step Gallery.EXPAND
See work by Zach Valent at Step Gallery.
Zach Valent

10 Free Art Shows to See on Third Friday in Metro Phoenix

There's plenty of good stuff happening in downtown Phoenix this Third Friday. And there's a lot going on beyond downtown Phoenix, too. So April 21 might be a good time to expand your art horizons a bit, by adding shows at The Hive and Walter Gallery to your must-see list. The Hive is situated along Calle 16, a strip of 16th Street that boasts mural art by renowned local and international artists. And Walter Gallery, home of the giant, neon-lit VW that's best known for appearances in the Grand Avenue arts district, is located in Scottsdale.

Get an early start, people. You'll want time to take it all in.

"A Guided Journey of Introspection"
Modified Arts presents works by Jackie Andre Muhammed, in collaboration with Clottee Hammons of Emancipation Arts, an organization that seeks to raise the cultural profile of black artists in Maricopa County. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the Modified Arts Facebook page.

See works by Zach Valent at Step Gallery.EXPAND
See works by Zach Valent at Step Gallery.
Zach Valent/Photo by Lynn Trimble

"Antiquarium of Change"
See all-new photographic, sculptural, and mixed-media works by Zach Valent. Using everyday objects that he's faux-fossilized or encrusted with mineral growths, Valent explores the inevitability of change over time, inviting viewers to consider the connections between past, present, and future. Third Friday hours at Step Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the ASU Events website.

See work by Bryan David Griffith at Bentley Gallery.EXPAND
See work by Bryan David Griffith at Bentley Gallery.
Bryan David Griffith/Photo by Lynn Trimble

"Art on Paper"
Explore the power of paper as a means for intimate storytelling, as Bentley Gallery presents works on paper by eight gallery-represented artists: Daniel Brice, George Thiewes, Dion Johnson, Bryan David Griffith, Michael Marlowe, Richardo Mazal, and Hiro Yokose. Featured works include drawings, paintings, and collages, to name a few. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the Bentley Gallery Facebook page.

"Body of Work"
Check out works by MB Hanrahan, who creates editions of original art cards infused with humor, sarcasm, and wit. Alwun House is showing her images spanning two decades, including her prints as well as art cards. Third Friday hours are 7 to 11 p.m. To get more information, visit the Alwun House website.

See work by Joshua Dean Wiley at {9} The Gallery.EXPAND
See work by Joshua Dean Wiley at {9} The Gallery.
Joshua Dean Wiley

"Caelestis"
See a series of new works by Joshua Dean Wiley at {9} The Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. on Third Friday. Find more information on the event Facebook page.

Read on for must-see shows at The Hive, Megaphone, and more.

See work by Carrie Sage Curley at The Hive art gallery.EXPAND
See work by Carrie Sage Curley at The Hive art gallery.
Carrie Sage Curley

Carrie Sage Curley
A year after hosting a hip-hop-themed exhibition filled with works by more than a dozen national street artists, The Hive welcomes back one of those artists for her own solo exhibition. See her paintings, created as a means of honoring her ancestors and bringing out the beauty in others, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday. Get details on The Hive Facebook page.

See work by Carlos Encinas at the Herberger Center Art Gallery at Arizona Center.
See work by Carlos Encinas at the Herberger Center Art Gallery at Arizona Center.
Carlos Encinas

"Edgy Art"
Head to Arizona Center to check out a satellite gallery for Herberger Theater Center. On Third Friday, the gallery opens a show called "Edgy Art," with media that include painting, photography, and bronze, to name a few. Dozens of artists will be featured in the exhibition, including Eric Hodgins, Mary Nelle Brown, Carlos Encinas, and David Lash. Third Friday hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Find more information on the Herberger Theater Center website.

See work by Ellen Nemetz at The Walter Art Gallery.EXPAND
See work by Ellen Nemetz at The Walter Art Gallery.
Ellen Nemetz

"Flow"
Explore works by Ellen Nemetz at The Walter Gallery in Scottsdale, where the artist will be present during the 6 to 9 p.m. reception on Third Friday. The show features water imagery that references the ways memories are constantly shifting and susceptible to difference interpretations. Learn more on Walter Art website.

See work by JJ Horner at Megaphone PHX.EXPAND
See work by JJ Horner at Megaphone PHX.
JJ Horner/Photo by Lynn Trimble

"Pattern Recognition"
See works by JJ Horner, a staple of the downtown Phoenix mural scene, on view inside Megaphone PHX. It's the shared studio and gallery space for Andy Brown, who uses Megaphone in part to give artists a place to be independent, but together. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Check out Megaphone PHX on Facebook for details.

See work by Malena Barnhart in a shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row.EXPAND
See work by Malena Barnhart in a shipping container gallery in Roosevelt Row.
Malena Bardhart

"Unmasking Identity"
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art presents an exhibition co-curated by a pair of art students at Mesa Community College, which features works exploring the fine line between the superficial and inner self. Participating artists include Malena Barnhart, Constance McBride, and Karolina Sussland — as well as art students Christian Stewart and Kayla Wilbur. See their work from 6 to 9 p.m. on Third Friday at the shipping container galleries in Roosevelt Row. Get details on the phICA website.

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