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10 Art Shows You Should See in Phoenix This Week

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You’re well ahead of the curve if you made the gallery rounds during Art Detour, which featured several exhibitions that will still be up for April's First Friday – including the Fortoul Brothers show at their 40Owls Pop-Up Gallery.

Several additional shows continue this week – including exhibitions of works by Monica Aissa Martinez and Carolyn Lavender in shipping container galleries in Roosevelt Row, and the Eye Lounge “In Sight” show featuring artworks and pieces of poetry or prose they inspired.

But April 1 is your first chance to see most of the 10 shows noted below, which explore everything from art as revolt against government to art as meditation on the natural world. There’s even an exhibition to help kick off Modern Phoenix Week. Here’s the lowdown.
"The Naturalness of Strange Things"
Shade Gallery at monOrchid presents an exhibition of works by Bill Dambrova and Abbey Messmer. While you’re there, check out the adjacent gallery, where an exhibition titled “The Accidental Tourist” features images captured by local photographers on their cell phones. First Friday receptions for both shows take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the monOrchid website.

"We Can All Be Free"
Practical Art presents a new series of small-scale paintings by Lara Plecas. The artist found inspiration in mid-20th century Hungarian cube homes built by the government that citizens painted with folk patterns and bold colors as a way to rebel against the communist regime. First Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m., which includes a reception with the artist. Find more information on the Practical Art Facebook page.

"Radiant Hues"
Bentley Gallery presents a works by Mala Breuer, a student of both Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko, whose paintings created during a lengthy career have roots in the tradition of abstract expressionism. First Friday’s opening reception takes place 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Bentley Gallery Facebook page.

"Monsoon on Metal"
Burton Barr Central Library's @Central Gallery presents photographs by Davo Laninga showing the beauty of Arizona monsoons. First Friday’s reception, which takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., includes live music by Three-Legged Dog. Find more information on the Burton Barr Central Library website.

"Initial Descent"
Unexpected Art Gallery presents an exhibition of works by contemporary collage artist Ellierex, whose technique includes using an epoxy resin coating between layers of painting and collage to create pieces that have a 3-D quality. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Unexpected Art Gallery Facebook page.

"MOD-AZ" 
Chartreuse Gallery kicks of Modern Phoenix Week with an exhibition of works by more than 40 artists — including photographers, furniture makers, print makers, and watercolorists — which spotlight the midcentury modern heyday in metro Phoenix. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Chartreuse website

New Works
Lotus Contemporary Art presents new works by artist and gallery owner Denise Fleisch, who specializes in abstract paintings. Friday’s opening reception takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Lotus Contemporary Art Facebook page.

"Psychopomp"
Artelshow and {9} The Gallery present an exhibition of works by Dean Reynolds and Constance McBride at {9} The Gallery. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the {9} The Gallery Facebook page.

"Salon Des Enfants"
Alwun House presents its 23rd juried student art show and sale, featuring works by students in fifth through eighth grade at 16 schools in the Phoenix Elementary School District. Works are $20 each, and all proceeds go to the student artists. Works include ceramics, sculpture, painting, and photography. First Friday hours are 4 to 6 p.m., and include musical and folklorico dance performances. Find more information on the Alwun House Facebook page

Nancy Romanovsky
Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral presents a solo exhibition of works by Nancy Romanovsky, who uses light, shadow, and color in her paintings to reveal the beauty of nature. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Olney Gallery Facebook page.

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