See quilts by Linda Engstrom and several additional artists at Chandler Center for the Arts.
See quilts by Linda Engstrom and several additional artists at Chandler Center for the Arts. Linda Engstrom
This week you can get your fill of artsy events with a curator chat, an astronomy-inspired exhibition, and Phoenix Festival of the Arts. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' calendar.

“Art Quilts XXII: As Close to the Edge as I Can Go”
If you pop over to Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, for an exhibition called “Art Quilts XXII: As Close to the Edge as I Can Go,” odds are, you’ll walk away with a fresh take on quilts.

The exhibition includes 23 works, created by 21 artists, including Denise Currier, Janet Hiller, and Ann Turley. It features a wide range of quilts made with various techniques, from hand-embroidery to digital printing on cotton fabric. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 4. The free show continues through January 5, 2018. Visit the Chandler Center for the Arts website. Lynn Trimble

Tomorrow’s Stars Today
Discover the newest voices in YA literature as the ASU Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing presents Tomorrow’s Stars Today at The Poisoned Pen bookstore, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale.


Award-winning LGBT YA author and teacher Bill Konigsberg (Out of the Pocket, Openly Straight) will host the event, which will feature several graduating students from the Piper Center’s “Your Novel Year” program, reading excerpts from their final manuscripts. Among those scheduled to read are Donna Berry, Steve Smith, and Cheryl Padden. Who knows, you might see the next John Green or Susan Collins before they hit the New York Times best-seller list?

The reading will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5. Admission is free. Call 480-947-2974 or visit the Poisoned Pen website for more information. Michael Senft

Get the lowdown on land art during a curator chat with Brittany Corrales at ASU Art Museum. Photo: Alan Sonfist, Views of New York City: Ancient and Contemporary. Serigraph, 26.25 x 26.25 in. Gift of Kimberly Cramer. - COURTESY OF ASU ART MUSEUM
Get the lowdown on land art during a curator chat with Brittany Corrales at ASU Art Museum. Photo: Alan Sonfist, Views of New York City: Ancient and Contemporary. Serigraph, 26.25 x 26.25 in. Gift of Kimberly Cramer.
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Curator Chat
Currently on view at ASU Art Museum is an exhibition called “Terrestrial.” The show explores important works of land art, a movement that emerged in the mid-20th century and found artists using natural materials like dirt and rocks to form site-specific pieces. Comprising diverse art from the museum’s permanent collection, “Terrestrial” also addresses the movement’s ongoing impact on contemporary artists — including Arizona creatives Mark Klett and Matthew Moore.

Want more insight? Brittany Corrales, curatorial assistant for ASU Art Museum, will discuss the land art movement during a free Curator Chat from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, at 51 East 10th Street in Tempe. “Terrestrial” continues through February 3, 2018. Visit the ASU Events website. Lynn Trimble


click to enlarge One of many performances during last year’s Phoenix Festival of the Arts. - LYNN TRIMBLE
One of many performances during last year’s Phoenix Festival of the Arts.
Lynn Trimble
Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Picture outdoor holiday shopping amid palm trees and green grass. That’s what you’ll find at Phoenix Festival of the Arts, when more than 100 artisans and cultural organizations fill booths with original art, handmade wares, and information about cultural resources in the Valley. It’s a relaxing way to cross more names of your gift list while catching some rays, mingling with fellow art lovers, learning more about the city, and supporting local arts and culture.

The free fest will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, December 8, and continue through Sunday, December 10, at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 North Third Street. It’s a chance to explore fresh art, diverse performances, food trucks, and live mural painting. You’ll have plenty of great choices, as featured artists work in ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, and textiles. Get details at the Phoenix Festival of the Arts website. Lynn Trimble

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