The 10 Best Artworks We Saw in Metro Phoenix in July 2016

Due in part to a particularly robust lineup of local gallery exhibitions for July’s First and Third Friday art walks in downtown Phoenix, there was an abundance of great art on view during July 2016. We saw plenty of great art outside of Phoenix, too – especially in East Valley cities including Chandler and Mesa. But 10 works, pictured here, stood out from all the rest.

Moon Warrior
Lisa Telford

Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, artist Lisa Telford hails from several generations of Haida women who weave. Telford harvests and readies her own materials, including cedar bark and spruce root – then creates contemporary objects such as clothing and shoes, which reference her Native identity. Telford’s suspended Moon Warrior is featured in “Crafting the Collection,” an exhibition on view through September 13 at ASU Art Museum.

Thuong Nguyen

With a BFA in sculpture from ASU, Thuong Nguyen has been active on the Arizona arts scene for 15 years. Nguyen’s current body of work draws inspiration from Asian landscape paintings, Zen Buddhist philosophy, and the desert wilderness. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he came to the United States as a refugee in 1975. Nguyen’s Japan is part of the “Nature in Notion” exhibition that continues through August at Chartreuse.

The Ark of Nowhere
Gloria Langer

Scottsdale Community College art student Gloria Langer earned first place in a recent “Best of Student Show” for her WTF painting putting a social-media twist on the classic trio of "see, hear, and speak no evil" monkeys. Like The Ark of Nowhere, it was included in her recent solo “Facts of Life Vol.1” exhibition at Burton Barr Central Library’s @Central Gallery – which highlighted her attention to the new communal landscape of fast-paced information and images.

the dangling conversation
Tawny Kerr

Mixed-media artist and illustrator Tawny Kerr, a member of the Eye Lounge collective, trained at both ASU and Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. This 2016 work – created with piano player rolls and embroidery thread – is one of many meant to investigate memory and nostalgia. It’s part of Kerr’s solo “sub rosa” exhibition of ephemera and installation works that continues at Eye Lounge through August 13.

the little brain
Monica Aissa Martinez

Works by Monica Aissa Martinez, who focuses on human and animal anatomy, have been exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, and ASU Art Museum – and a host of galleries. This piece is part of an invitational group exhibition called “Five15 to the Fifth,” which continues at Five15 Arts through much of August.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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