5 Artsy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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"36th Annual Contemporary Crafts"

Calling the artists participating in the "36th Annual Contemporary Crafts" exhibition "crafters" would certainly do them injustice. These aren't papier-mâché, Popsicle stick houses, and yarn dream catchers, but finely conceived art pieces formed within traditional craft media such as metals, wood, glass, ceramics, fibers, basketry, jewelry, book arts, and paper-making. Fifty-one artworks by 30 artists from a dozen states --including 15 Arizona artists--presently have their works showcased in the Dobson Gallery through Sunday, April 5. Mesa's Jeff Reich was the top winner in this wide-ranging craft extravaganza, taking home the Jurors' Choice Award.

Craft lovers should drop by the Mesa Contemporary Arts, 1 East Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, for a look. Admission is free. Visit or call 480-644-5000. Glenn BurnSilver

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