Your Guide to Third Friday Art Shows in Metro Phoenix on October 21

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Once again, metro Phoenix art galleries are offering up some pretty impressive exhibitions. You'll have to do at least a bit of planning ahead if you hope to hit them all during Third Friday on October 21. So we've got a list of new shows, and tips for making the rounds so you get the chance to enjoy your favorites, and then some. 

Consider tackling art galleries by region, starting with one of three staples of the metro Phoenix arts scene — Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and the warehouse district. Here's a sampling of mostly new shows each has to offer this week.

Roosevelt Row

"The Presence of Absence"
Constance McBride presents her final exhibition as a member of the Eye Lounge artist collective. It's filled with new works that address both the fragility of living and the tenacity to survive while exploring the layers of change that affect our bodies and being. See her works from 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the artist's website

"Onloaded: Rubén Martel"
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art presents works by California artist Rubén Martel, in collaboration with Tijuana, Mexico-based arts organizations. The exhibition, which is one of three opening in the shipping container galleries in Roosevelt Row, is curated by Arturo Lopéz Gonzáles and Ted G. Decker. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the phICA website

"Tikkun Olam: To Heal the World"
Robrt Pela (a longtime New Times contributor) curates this retrospective exhibition of works by Beth Ames Swartz, who has spent more than five decades exploring her interests in the natural world and the spiritual. Collectively, her body of work explores cycles of life, death, and rebirth. Third Friday hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. Learn more on the venue's website

Modified Arts presents a group show featuring five artists, including Christopher Colville, Kenosha Drucker, Nicholas Gutierrez, Zach Baltzly, and Daniel Mariotti — who work in diverse media including photography, drawing, painting, and printmaking. See their work between 6 and 9 p.m. on Third Friday. Find details on the Modified Arts website

"Cact-Us: A Show About Growing Together"
Shade Gallery at monOrchid presents the first solo exhibition by Jesse Perry, whose murals grace several building from Phoenix to Mesa. For Perry, the show is a celebration of "the beauty and humor of living in the Southwest." Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the monOrchid website

Warehouse District

"Take Aim"
Artist William LeGoullon, whose own body of work includes photographs exploring target practice in the Arizona desert, curates an international exhibition called "Take Aim," which is being presented by ASU's Northlight Gallery and Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibition highlights diverse aspects of hunting culture. It's happening at Northlight Gallery, where Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the ASU events website

"Jim Waid"
Bentley Gallery presents works by Jim Waid, whose paintings comprise abstract worlds imbued with color, marks, rhythm, and movement. Look for pieces that continue Waid's exploration of figure/ground while "balancing on the edge of liminal." The exhibition is open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Third Friday. Get details on the Bentley Gallery website.

"Urban Organic"
See works by Joe Holdren, new gallery director for The Icehouse, as well as artists Scott Woodward and Bill Hemphill. Each artist works in different media, and has several pieces exhibited in this longtime arts venue that was formerly an ice-storage warehouse. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find additional information on the event Facebook page

"C@tharsis: A Digitally Situated Emotional Release"
ASU's Step Gallery presents works by Regan Henley, who explores how social media, satellite technology, and digitized mourning aides have an impact on grieving rituals, ways people preserve memories, and conceptions of mortality. Exhibition hours are 6 to 9 p.m. on Third Friday. Learn more on the ASU Events website

Grand Avenue

"Man + Made"
See works by Aileen Frick and Joe Woodford at {9} The Gallery, which is open from 6 to 10 p.m. this Friday. Featured works explore the relationship of people to public art, while reflecting the concepts of mortality, divinity, and being. Find more information on the event Facebook page.

Plenty of exhibits are happening at additional venues, from Phoenix College to The Hive, so don't overlook the opportunity to see these shows as well.

"Warbird Press: An Exhibition of Printmaking"
The Hive Gallery presents this exhibition of prints created by Jacob Meders and Chelsi Rossi. Meders explores altered perceptions of place, culture, and identity wrought by the assimilation of indigenous peoples. Rossi considers ways information is transmitted by alarmist media focused on violence that fuels global anxiety. Third Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the event Facebook page

Eric Fischl Gallery at Phoenix College is currently showing two exhibitions, including "Eleven: An ASU Painting MFA Student & Faculty Group Exhibition." It features works by Layne Farmer, Camila Galofre, Rachel Goodwin, Tyler Griese, Matthew Hoelscher, Amanda Hubbard, Michael Jacobs, Hugo Medina, Jessica Palomo, Travis Rice, and Christopher Vena. It's open 6 to 9 p.m. this Third Friday. Look for details on the venue's website

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