Parts of downtown Phoenix were packed during October's First Friday, making it tough to fully appreciate everything the local arts scene had to offer.
But Third Friday, October 20, is nearly upon us, and the smaller crowds should make for better opportunities to linger over art and chat with Phoenix artists.
Here’s a look at fresh art shows, along with a few recommendations for your Third Friday must-see list.
“Tikkun Olam II: Repairing the World Through Art”
See work by four artists featured in the second exhibition in a three-year series created by Beth Ames Swartz, which explores the Jewish concept of everyday acts of kindness undertaken to repair the world. Featured artists include Janet de Berge Lange, Carolyn Lavender, Ann Morton, and Laura Strohacker. Third Friday hours at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the venue’s website.
Explore The Chocolate Factory on Grand Avenue, where Hector Ruiz has an art studio that sometimes doubles as an exhibition space. He’ll be showing work by Phoenix artist Colin Chillag, who creates intriguingly skewed iterations on landscapes and portraiture, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Third Friday. Find more information on the venue Facebook page.
For her master of fine art exhibition, artist and graduate student Alison Sweet is exploring the ways women “were overlooked and typecast in the interwoven history and romanticized mythology of the American West.” See her intermedia installation at Step Gallery between 6 and 9 p.m. on Third Friday. Get details on the ASU Events website.
“Living in the Shadows of the Border”
Artists La Morena, Mata Ruda, and Nick Ozo are showing work at Modified Arts that address the harsh realities faced by migrants and their families. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Puente Human Rights Movement will make a brief presentation at 7 p.m. Learn more on the gallery website.
Explore small paintings created by Mesa artist William Barnhart during summer travels, which are featured in one of three exhibitions being presented by Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art inside shipping container galleries located in Roosevelt Row. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get more information on the phICA website.
See new interdisciplinary work by Cherie Buck-Hutchison, an artist best known for creating photographic images that reference her upbringing within a religious cult. Third Friday hours at Eye Lounge are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the event Facebook page.
“Six and the Exquisite Corpse”
Practical Art presents work by six Phoenix artists who collaborated to create mixed-media pieces that reassemble and reinterpret unfamiliar and everyday objects. Participating artists include Christy Puetz, Dave Saker, Elise Eizer, Karolina Sussland, Carol Saker, and Joe Willie Smith. Third Friday hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Find more information on the venue website.
“Wayfinding: Words, Symbols, and Artifacts”
The Studio art space inside the Found:RE Phoenix hotel is presenting mixed-media work by Cheryle Marine, which addresses the ways people navigate their environment – considering both the destination and the journey. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find details on the exhibit Facebook page.
“Art Show #679”
Phoenix artist Abe Zucca is a prolific painter whose works are often shown in multiple metro Phoenix venues. See several of his still life paintings when you head to Abe Zucca gallery inside Abloom Salon, where you can also talk with Zucca about his work. Third Friday hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Learn more on the artist Facebook page.
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Influenced by Dutch “vanitas” paintings filled with symbols of death and change, Phoenix artist Cory Slawson explores ideas surrounding the death of loved ones, even as he addresses his own near-death experience. See his solo exhibition at The Hive between 7 and 10 p.m. on Third Friday. Get details on the gallery Facebook page.
Check out work Roger “Roj” Lateiner, an artist based at The Artery who primarily paints human faces, when his new exhibition opens at 180 Degrees Automotive. Third Friday hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Get details on the artist Facebook page.