10 Free Art Shows You Should See in Metro Phoenix This Week

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“Desert River/City River”
New paintings by New York artist Tony Winters capture iconic water landscapes surrounding metro Phoenix – including the Agua Fria, Verde, and Salt rivers. Meet the artist and hear local experts in water resources, conservation, and development at monOrchid, where First Fridays hours kick off with the 5 p.m. experts panel and continue through 10 p.m. Find more information on the monOrchid website.

Through seven large-scale ink drawings, artist Chelsi Rossi explores “the theme of the unreliable narrator” at Abe Zucca Gallery, located at 1301 Grand Avenue. Expect to see dream-like scenes filled with figures interacting with strange spaces, and no clear sequence of events – all completely open to viewer interpretation. Find more information on the Abe Zucca Gallery Facebook page.

“Now is Better Than Before”
See a solo exhibition featuring works by Chris Czajo – including new works of sculpture, watercolor, and oil painting – at 909 Cooperative. Czajo “uses art to play at the absurdity of everyday life,” in part by infusing common images with “bad jokes.” First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the artist's website.

“Gods & Monsters”
More than three dozen artists working in diverse media explore “concepts of origin, myth, divinity, and morality” in this exhibition presented with Artelshow at {9} The Gallery. Featured artists include Eric Cox, Damian Jim, Cindy Schnackel, Swapna Das, Fred Tieken, Yuko Yabuki, Tara Sharpe, and Turner G. Davis. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. and include a brief, site-specific dance performance. Find more information on the Artelshow website.

“Art of the Cape”
Works by artists inspired by comics, superheroes, and cartoons are featured in this exhibition at Unexpected Gallery – which invites gallery-goers to don their finest pop-culture costume fare. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Unexpected Gallery Facebook page.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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