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

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"People, Places + Pop"
Practical Art presents images from Steve Hanson's Polaroid of the Day series, which capture people considered social influencers, places with architectural significance, and the contemporary commercial landscape. Show up, and you can take your own Polaroid for display. First Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Practical Art website

"What Happens in Between"
Artist Kris Manzanares culls images from her personal collection of digital photographs, translating them into paintings meant to capture the subtleties of time and space that separate ordinary moments of everyday existence. See her sculpture and paintings at monOrchid, where First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the monOrchid website

"Visions of GRANDeur"
Best known as Arizona's hip historian, Marshall Shore goes into curator mode for this exhibition of works by more than 20 artists, including a historic mural and pieces created specifically for this show at Chartreuse. Participating artists include Colin Chillag, Marilyn Zsabo, Zarco Guerrero, and Rossitza L. Todorova. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Chartreuse website

"Master Portrait Series Pt. 1"
Phoenix artist Abe Zucca has created five new portraits meant to "localize downtown Phoenix and ground the viewer in the application of paint" while presenting an alternative to what he considers the outright gimmickry of artists who rely on contrived props and patterns. First Friday hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Find more information on the Abe Zucca Gallery Facebook page

"Give Color to Your Life"
See works by more than 20 artists in this exhibition curated for the Herberger Theater Art Gallery by Tempe artist Oliverio Balcells. Participating artists include Jill Friedberg, Michael Sarda, Kimberly Harris, and Robert Roselli. First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Herberger Theater Center website.

"Jules Demetrius"
Using stencil cuts and aerosol paint, Jules Demetrius paints portraits of iconic figures both real and fictional — including Prince, Buddha, and Frankenstein. His work is currently on view at Fair Trade Cafe, where First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Downtown Artists Collective 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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