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7 Free Art Shows You Should See in Phoenix This Week

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Give your best scissors and most beloved camera a long, hard look before you head out to see the new crop of exhibitions opening on Third Friday this month. Because you might be amazed by what some local artists have accomplished using these tools most of us tend to take for granted. Here’s an early look at several new art exhibitions opening on Friday, April 15.

“A Cut Above”
{9} The Gallery presents works by ASU MFA student Dani Godreau, who describes herself as a feminist artist who explores women’s traditional crafts and domestic duties through paper cutting. Godreau seeks to “stretch the definition of drawing by creating line and form through incisions and shadow while paying homage to the global tradition of paper cutting as an art form and valorizing devalued women’s labor.” Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the {9} The Gallery Facebook page.

“Up Against the Wall”
Treeo in Roosevelt Row presents an exhibition of photographic works from K. Flo Razowsky’s ongoing “Up Against the Wall” series. Since 2002, Razowsky has been traveling to border locations including Slovakia and Ukraine, Croatia and Serbia, Spanish Melilla at Morocco, the southern United States, and Israel's walls at Gaza and the West Bank – all the while documenting the physical appearance of borders, as well as their impact on local populations and land. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Treeo Facebook page.

Eye Lounge presents an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and 3D compositions created by Turner G. Davis during the last decade. This is the farewell exhibition for Davis, who will become an alum of the Eye Lounge artist collective in Roosevelt Row. His work is being shown in both the Main Gallery and Project Room. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Eye Lounge website.

“Impermanence (Three and Seven)”
Palabra presents an exhibition featuring two separate bodies of work by photographer Richard Douglas, who explores death and rebirth while considering issues related to identity and internal struggle. Third Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Palabra Facebook page.

Read on for shows from ASU grad students, phICA, and a gallery that could be moving soon.
“Where Does it Go From Here?”
ASU’s Step Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings by AJ Nafziger, whose works are inspired by classic science-fiction literature. Exhibition themes include prescience and control, as well as different perceptions and predictions of the future. Third Friday hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Find more information on the ASU Events website.

Frank Gonzales
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art presents an exhibition of works by Frank Gonzales, whose paintings featuring elements in the natural world explore the interplay of realism and artificiality. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. at the shipping container galleries in Roosevelt Row, where phICA is presenting two additional shows. Find more information on the phICA website.

“Treetastik: Life Among the Trees”
The Firehouse presents its annual tree-themed exhibition, which features works by more than 20 Arizona artists including Leslie Walker, Richard Bledsoe, and Winston Harrell. Expect works in various media that explore the relationship of trees to food, shelter, imagination, and magic. Third Friday hours start at 6 p.m. Find more information on The Firehouse Facebook page

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