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6 PhotoTapas Events You Won't Want to Miss in Metro Phoenix This Month

Now in its second year, PhotoTapas is taking over our state for the month of February, offering a nice diverse sampling from the Arizona photo community. This year, the series is being overseen by Art Intersection in Gilbert, but events also will be held in Tucson and across the metro Phoenix area.

We've compiled our list of must-see events around the Valley, but don't feel you have to stop there. Visit the full listing of events and let us know what you're pumped to see in the comments.

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"The Agency of Ideas" Juried Exhibition ASU Northlight Gallery January 21 to February 7

This annual exhibition features the work of students and alumni who are members of the ASU Student Photographers Association (ASUSPA). University of Arizona Professor David Taylor met with students to review their portfolios and select the pieces for this exhibition.

Tapas in the Tea Room Icehouse February 7 to February 26

We'll admit it -- we're total suckers for the Icehouse. Any exhibit in this incredible venue is a must-see. "En Mexico" will feature photography by Emily Matyas and Neal Winter.

Exploring the World Of Travel Photography: A Sense of Place presented by TEOE Art Intersection 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8

This workshop is designed to help attendees improve their photography while traveling. There are five guest photographers slated to speak and all are experts in different aspects of travel photography. There is a participation fee of $99, and registration is available on the TEOE website.

"See, Hear, Feel" Phoenix Art Museum December 7 to March 23

PAM's latest exhibition showcases two contemporary photographers: Debra Bloomfield and Christopher Churchill. Though Bloomfield focuses on natural landscapes and Churchill is known for his portraiture, both "push the limits of their artistic practice and explore the dimension of sound," according to the exhibition website. The show includes 40 photographs with accompanying sound.

"Sun Sketches at the Twilight of Photography" Tilt Gallery February 6 to March 1; Opening Reception 7 to 9 p.m. February 6

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France Scully Osterman and Mark Osterman used an experimental photographic process to create the pieces included in this exhibition. The resulting images create an interesting relationship between light and figuration. According to Tilt Gallery, "these images celebrate the synergy of 19th and 21st century technologies that complement each other at the twilight of photography."

"From The Outside In: Sustenance and Time" ASU Northlight Gallery February 11 to March 29; Opening Reception February 11, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Jane Lindsay's multimedia installation of photographs and video footage from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Center is easily our most-anticipated event for 2014's PhotoTapas series. Lindsay's art is sure to encourage dialogue about incarceration, corrections, and the criminal justice system at large.

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