11 Free Art Shows You Should See in Phoenix This Week

There’s some serious woman power happening in the metro Phoenix arts scene, as evidenced by several exhibitions happening on May's Third Friday.

One artist uses her own body to explore issues of control, while another offers an immersive installation that challenges patriarchal narratives. Several more are using graffiti as a powerful form of individual and collective expression.

Check out their shows, and several more, on May 20.

“Bony Processes: Intonations for the Unnoted”
This time last year, gallery goers who walked through Eye Lounge encountered Cherie-Buck Hutchison’s art installation created with intriguing materials including hanging IV bags, plants, syringes, and crystalline forms. Her newest body of work, which offers a counterpoint to patriarchal narrative, comprises “a poetic walk-through exhibition merging art installation, objects, and sound poetry.” Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Eye Lounge website.


Explore mood and texture in the works of three local artists – Abe Zucca, Ramon Aguirre, and Rigo Florres – who are all showing large-scale paintings at Abe Zucca Gallery, which shares space with Abloom Salon in the Grand Avenue Arts District. Third Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Abe Zucca Gallery Facebook page.

"Reverberate Her Lines”
Come Third Friday, it’ll be all about graffiti art at The Hive. More than a dozen women, all graffiti artists, will be showing graffiti-infused artwork during a night that also promises femcees, b-girls, and DJs. For those who need a translation, think music and dance – hip-hop style. Third Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Find more information on The Hive Facebook page.

Check out body art for a cause as Treeo presents an exhibition of works by youth who participate in Spot 127 programs that leverage media to foster empowerment. Ten teen students are showing photographs depicting peers who've written "positive and impactful" messages on their bodies. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Treeo Facebook page

“You Are Somewhere Else”
Show some love for local photography students with this juried exhibition of works by students at Gilbert High School, whose photographs for this show explore childhood nostalgia, daydreams, and memory. Students chose the exhibition name after discussing the ways different images can prompt different interpretations of the same concept, and the impact a single word or phrase can have on how a viewer interprets an image. Third Friday hours at Drive-Thru Gallery are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Drive-Thru 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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