Seven Must-See Exhibitions on October's Third Friday

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Be it a ​First Friday or a Third Friday -- we're just excited about having an excuse (not that we need one) to see some great art exhibitions.

Some are opening tonight Downtown, others have opened this month throughout metro Phoenix (including Chaos Theory at Legend City Studios). But you better believe that we're making the loop and stopping by these seven.

7. "56 of 100: Candid Landscapes and the Arizona Centennial @ The Hive When Steve Weiss isn't busy programming films through "No Festival Required" the local artist is usually making rounds to galleries or behind his own lens making photographs of local architecture and landscapes throughout the state.

See also: - Chaos Theory 13 Now on View During Third Friday and Featured in This Week's Print Edition of New Times - Cleo & Clementine to Host Grand Opening This Friday in the Melrose District

According to Weiss, "56 of 100: Candid Landscapes and the Arizona Centennial" is a collection of his color photographs of Arizona icons including Tovrea Castle, stops along Van Buren and Route 66, and Encanto Park (to name a few). The photos will be on view through November 14, but a reception will be held on Third Friday from 6 to 11 p.m..

6. Angels v.2 and Residual Energy @ eye lounge Third Friday means new exhibitions at Downtown artist collective gallery, eye lounge. This month, the gallery hosts new work by photographer Logan Bellew, who will show Angels v.2 for his last eye lounge exhibition. The series is a continuation of his Angels portraits, which he describes on his website: "This is how they will feel, and this is what they will look like when they realize they never should have left you. Say it again, they can't all be saviors." In the gallery's other main space will be the work of encaustic painter Lara Plecas, who cast more than 80 faces of local community members in plaster. The gallery will be open from 5 to 10 p.m..

5. Portrait of an Artist @ Bragg's Pie Factory For more than a year, photographer Tony Zeh has captured local creatives in their studio in a portrait series. Arists include Annie Lopez, Jeff Falk, Mike Prepsky, James Angel, David Dauncy, Linda Ingraham, Rafael Navarro, Thuong Nguyen, Gennaro Garcia, Bill LeGoullon, Joe Willie Smith, Brent Bond, Kritsin Bauer, Carolyn Lavander, Cristine Cassano, Melissa Martinez, Lara Plecas, Christy Puetz (to name a few). His work along with pieces created by each artist he's photographed will be on view as at Bragg's Pie on Grand Avenue from 7 to 10 p.m..

4. Best Friends @ Tilt Gallery There's nothing like a best friend -- a fact photographer Andrea Modica knows well. The Philadelphia-based artist has shown around the country and internationally, and for decades, has worked with young pairs of inseparable duos.

"Best Friends" documents the intimate interactions between two people who trust each other most and -- with a lot of patience in being photographed with an 8″ x 10″ camera -- reveals the innate human want and need to have a friend. The work will be on view at Tilt Gallery, 919 W. Fillmore St., through October 27 with a reception on Third Friday from 6 to 9 p.m..

3. Days of Future Past @ {9} The Gallery For October, {9} The Gallery on Grand Avenue will showcase the work of Phoenix art community staples Hugo Medina, Breeze, Angel Diaz, and Lalo Cota as well as emerging artists Jessie Jordan, Yai Nosaur, Dustin Parks and Devin Canen. The show, which opens at 7 p.m. will also feature live art and a showing "Exit through the gift shop" with snacks.

2. Johnny Cupcakes @ The Lab Don't bring a big appetite and your sweet tooth to Johnny Cupcakes' Phoenix arrival at The Lab on Roosevelt Street tomorrow -- but do bring your wallet.

Johnny Earle, the creative mind behind the Cupcakes brand, will be shelling out limited-editions of his signature apparel that's likely to be snatched up by his cult following and fans of his quirky designs. Earle is currently on a coast-to-coast pop-up tour of shops around the country. He'll be at The Lab at 7 p.m..

1. "The Closest Thing" @ Project Space Italian artist Matteo Rubbi has been an artist in residence with ASU Art Museum for the past year. If you haven't bumped into him making masks for young First Friday goers, "Magic Friday" dinners at the museum and in downtown Phoenix, or challenging the local view of how art can transform a space and the interaction between audience and gallery setting, then you'll want to make your way to Project Space (a new venue located inside Combine Studios at 821 North Third St) on Third Friday.

According to ASU Art Museum, Rubbi's work investigates "the cultural aspects of mining in Arizona, the role of the bicycle in urban transportation and food as a bridge between diverse cultural backgrounds." And the culmination of his experiences will be on view at Project Space from 6 to 9 p.m.. Rubbi will be at the space with a collection of his work, including a prototype of a board game invented by Jules Verne that will send visitors around a United States map (c. 1939).

... Yep, that means Arizona icons, portraits of local artists and best friends, Cupcakes, Jules Verne, and maps in one night. Get out there.

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