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7 Free Art Shows You Should See in Phoenix This Week

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The changing face of downtown Phoenix is reflected in its ever-evolving arts scene, and this month’s Third Friday, August 19, is a chance to see several shifts taking place in the local gallery landscape.

Lotus Contemporary Art and Five15 Arts are closing their galleries at the end of August, so this is a chance to see their final exhibitions. Over at the Arizona Center, Herberger Theater is holding a soft opening for its satellite gallery space that will show works by several artists. Meaning it’s another night of firsts and lasts. But several additional art spaces are also showing works. Here's what to add to your list of must-see shows in Phoenix this week.

Rhetorical Galleries presents solo exhibitions by different artists in three shipping container galleries in Roosevelt Row. “Pins-up” by Nathaniel Lewis, whose works have been exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Public Library this year, seeks to present authentic yet surreal portraits of everyday people in the form of small specimens that prompt reflection on the relationships of individuals to the natural world. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Rhetorical Galleries website.

Soft Gallery Opening
Curators A O and Connie Tucker will show their own works, as well as those of several additional artists, during the soft opening for the new Herberger Gallery at Arizona Center, which is located inside suite 1200 (next to Starbucks on the ground level). Featured artists include Anne Allemann, Laura Cohen-Hogan, James Hernandez, James Larson, Robert Meyer, David Paul, and Frank Ybarra. The evening also includes live music and refreshments. Third Friday hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Find more information on the Herberger Theater Center website.

“The Complexities of Co-“
Eye Lounge presents a solo exhibition of large-scale steel and stone sculptural works by collective member Keith Laber. In creating these works, Laber explored the concept of together/with, inspired by a long-term relationship that’s changed the nature of his work. Expect works greater than six feet tall created with more than a single medium – each reflecting concepts such as companions, coexisting, and complementing one another. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the Eye Lounge Facebook page.

Karolina Sussland + Buzzy Sullivan
Modified Arts presents works by Karolina Sussland and Buzzy Sullivan meant to "juxtapose the idealism and abstraction of the Sonoran Desert." Sussland is showing a new series of large, vivid, minimally colored sketches inspired by fantasy, giving viewers a utopian ideal of desert environments. Sullivan is showing photographs from his "Old Horizons" series, which explore the impact of human activity on the previously desolate desert. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Modified Arts website

Practical Art presents works by Christy Puetz. Each rabbit created with tiny glass beads is “a tactile story” inspired by the novel Watership Down, which explores themes of youth and loss. All reflect her larger body or work, comprising “intricately beaded creatures from the fantastical environments of myths and historical events.” Third Friday hours are regular store hours, which run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find more information on the Practical Art website.

“Road to Calvary”
Artist Abe Zucca shows new heavy impasto works, created by building up thick layers of paint that create texture and reflect light. This body of work “deals with the murder of the face, the image, the path.” It’s being shown at Abe Zucca Gallery, located inside Abloom Salon in the Grand Avenue arts district. Third Friday hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Find more information on the event Facebook page.

"Hiro Yokose: New Work"
Bentley Gallery, which has represented Hiro Yokose for more than two decades, presents new works created with layers of wax and oil that prompt a sense of stillness and contemplation. Yokose lived for much of his career in New York before returning just recently to Japan, where he was born. This exhibition includes both paintings and works on paper. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the Bentley Gallery website.

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