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Get philosophical with plant life at Appaloosa Library.
Get philosophical with plant life at Appaloosa Library. Travis Ivey
Looking to add some free art into your life? Try to find pieces by NXOEED on Roosevelt Row, celebrate spring at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or check out the Experimental Art Night. It's not going to cost you. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.

“Landscape Interrupted”
Phoenix artist Travis Ivey puts a new twist on landscapes, using tape, glitter, stamps, and security envelopes. But his alter ego, Hank, takes a more traditional approach. Hank is “a representational artist with a background in graffiti and painting en plein air,” according to Ivey’s artist statement. His cactus and palms serve as springboards for thinking about larger issues.

Hank explores “the encroachment of urban space into the desert ecosystem,” according to exhibition materials for “Landscape Interrupted,” an exhibition of the alter-ego’s oil paintings on view through Wednesday, February 28, at The Gallery at Appaloosa Library, 7377 East Silverstone Drive in Scottsdale.

See Hank’s art between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, February 12. Then you decide: cactus or palms? Visit the Scottsdale Public Art website. Lynn Trimble

Replace looking for love with looking for art on Valentine's Day. - JAMES B. HUNT
Replace looking for love with looking for art on Valentine's Day.
James B. Hunt
Nxoeed
The thrill of the hunt can rival the satisfaction of a good find. Of course, it’s fine to search for art in traditional venues such as galleries and museums. But seeking out art in the streets is just as rewarding — especially when you know a local creative has hidden paintings for people to find. That’s what James B. Hunt, a.k.a. Nxoeed, will be doing this Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14.

Look for five of his “valentines” along Roosevelt Street between Third Avenue and Fifth Street. It’s finders keepers. Search with wild abandon starting at 6 p.m., or snag some clues that night on Hunt’s website, the Nxoeed website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Claudio Dicochea, de la Agente Federal y el Rojo, la Emperatriz (of Federal Agent and Red, the Empress), 2010. Acrylic, graphite, charcoal, transfer, wood, 2 panels: 48 x 36 inches. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND LISA SETTE GALLERY
Claudio Dicochea, de la Agente Federal y el Rojo, la Emperatriz (of Federal Agent and Red, the Empress), 2010. Acrylic, graphite, charcoal, transfer, wood, 2 panels: 48 x 36 inches.
Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery
SMoCA Spring Opening Reception
Help Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street, celebrate three new exhibitions during its Spring Opening Reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 16. The free event is a chance to mingle with curators and fellow art lovers while exploring the museum’s latest offerings.

The fresh exhibition lineup includes the latest iteration of southwestNET, a series that highlights midcareer artists living in the Southwest region of the United States or Mexico. This is the 17th exhibition in the series, which has also showcased work by Postcommodity, an artist collective featured in last year’s Whitney Biennial.

SouthwestNET: Claudio Dicochea showcases the artist’s skillful manipulation of pop culture and history, which challenge prevailing narratives about both present and past. Dicochea is represented by Lisa Sette Gallery.
Other new exhibits feature work by a trio of Inuit artists, as well as Guadalajara-based Luis Alfonso Villalobos.

Visit the SMoCA website. Lynn Trimble

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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