Visual Arts

10 Free Third Friday Art Shows in Metro Phoenix on September 18

The lineup for this September’s Third Friday exhibitions is looking fabulously eclectic — featuring everything from walls dotted with plant art to an art installation that offers a visual dip into the deep end of a swimming pool. Check out these 10 exhibitions, which include art by an intriguing array of artists from a recent art grad to seasoned artists represented by local and national galleries.

Arizona State University’s School of Art presents Brianna Voron's "Commonplace” featuring drawing, painting, and sculpture by recent B.F.A. graduate Voron, who takes her inspiration for this exhibition from journals kept by students in 17th century Europe — which often included quotes, poems, letters, and prayers. Voron’s works are being shown at Step Gallery, where Third Friday’s opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. While you're there, check out ASU's Northlight Gallery — which is newly relocated to the Grant Street Studios space that's also home to Step Gallery. Find more information on the ASU Events website.

“Creatures Two”
The Firehouse and NXOEED present a group exhibition featuring works by 25 artists whose creations include monsters, insects, beasts and an offbeat assortment of creature-inspired mash-ups. Participating artists include Dump La Rock, Such Styles, Champ Styles, James B. Hunt, Kristina Kuhl, Margarete Beeson, Hannah Irene Walsh, James Hernandez, Ray Anderson Maltos, and many more. Third Friday hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Find more information on The Firehouse Facebook page.

“Coronado Art Show”
The Hive is presenting the latest take on its annual show featuring works created primarily by artists living and working in the Coronado neighborhood of Phoenix, including a musician with the Phoenix Symphony who creates tropical wood sculpture. Participating artists include Janel Garza, Michael Phillip Pearce, Mitzi Melville, Aaron Abbott, Ruben Gonzales, and others. Third Friday’s opening reception, which also includes musical entertainment by Adrian Fontes and friends, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Find more information on The Hive Facebook page.

“Further Still”
Modifed Arts presents both “Further Still,” featuring works by John Adelman, and “Words Are Meaningless,” featuring works by John Randall Nelson. Adelman explores “the margins between the real and the art object” using mixed media pieces paired with the objects he depicts. Nelson sets recognizable objects within unexpected settings, exploring contemporary life while walking the line between the figurative and abstract. Third Friday’s opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Modified Arts website.

“Here & Now”
Rhetorical Galleries presents a group exhibition featuring works created with diverse media during 2015. Participating artists include Laura Spalding Best, Alexandra Bowers, Madison Creech, Jimmy Fike, Dani Godreau, Travid Ivey, Saskia Jorda, Nathan Lewis, Jacob Meders, Rembrandt Quiballo, Courtney Richter, Kara Roschi, Buzzy Sullivan, Jen Urso, and Denise Yaghmourian. The exhibition will be shown in the trio of shipping container galleries located in Roosevelt Row, where several works are being exhibited for the first time. Rhetorical Galleries founder Nic Wiesinger conceived this exhibition as the inaugural iteration of an annual group exhibition featuring new works by local artists. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Rhetorical Galleries website.

“Monsoon Show”
Drive-Thru Gallery presents monsoon-related works by local photographers Mike Olbinski, Chris Frailey, Danny Upshaw, Gary Nickell, Sean Parker, and Don Lawrence — who eagerly share their captures created while chasing storms. Works by these photographers have been featured on several national television broadcasts, and even earned a Twitter shout-out from Al Roker. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Drive-Thru Gallery Facebook page.

“Outside Inside”
Treeo in Roosevelt Row presents works of plant art created by Joe Zazzera and Michael Lanier, which inspire consideration of ways people and plants can peacefully coexist while suggesting the wealth of visual art materials replete within the natural world. Third Friday’s opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Treeo Facebook page.

Eye Lounge presents a site-specific installation by Abbey Messmer, which will envelop both the East Gallery and the Project Room with an “immersive environment” meant to conjure the deep end of a pool. Messmer uses oil paintings based on underwater photographs to transform viewer perspectives. Expect curved surfaces, undulating lights, and fixtures that reference both backyard pools and municipal tanks — plus a video projection created with artist Mark Hughes. Third Friday’s opening reception takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Eye Lounge website.

“Tato Caraveo”
{9} The Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Tato Caraveo, known for his prolific creation of murals in downtown Phoenix. The exhibition includes works created with charcoal on wood panel, which feature “dark dreamscapes and whimsical characters.” The gallery will also be showing works by Chele Hill in a portion of the arts venue dubbed The Lounge. Fridays opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the {9} The Gallery Facebook page.

“Two Years on Grand Avenue”
11th Monk3y Industries and The Lab Pop-Up Gallery celebrates its two years in the Grand Avenue arts district with art, music, bikes, and streetwear. Participants include tattoo artists Mark Peoples, Chipp Ewa, and Ian Loughlin. Third Friday festivities, which take place from 7 to 10 p.m., also include live music by M. Rocka. Find more information on the 11th Monk3y Industries Facebook page.

Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version.
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