Arty Girl: Another Jam-Packed Art Weekend

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Today is one of those days where I look at my giant stack of blogging options and I get a little sad.

You see, I've only got three blog slots per week to fit everything in and sometimes I fail to get it all in. I know, I know, it's tough to believe Arty Girl could fail at anything isn't it? It's true, I tell you. No, really, it is! The only thing I can do is repeatedly applaud myself for being humble enough to admit it. Because, otherwise, I would seem really arrogant.

Anyway, every time a blog opportunity is missed because I didn't have the space at the right time, a little pain fills my heart, it does.

Well, not today, dammit. I'm already on a roll with the list-making thing, so that's what I'm going to do now.

The following (in no particular order) outlines all the arty stuff you can do over the weekend.

1. "Significant Stitching" Artist Reception at Chandler Center for the Arts
Before you roll your eyes, this is not another show revolving around the Arts & Crafts movement. (Hey, D.I.Y.ers: we get it, okay? Craft is art. Judy Chicago argued this in the 1970's. We got it, alright?) Anyway, here, you'll see some quilts. Some incredible, amazing, tremendous quilts that stray from Granny's geometric scrap patterns and look more like someone painted with fabric. It's the 14th annual edition of the Art Quilts show and it features 46 pieces by 41 artists. Reception takes place tonight (Friday, Nov. 20th) from 7-9 p.m. at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, 480-917-6859 or visit www.chandlercenter.org.

2. NU at the Heard Museum
It's yet another occasion for the Heard Museum's Third Friday evening series. The free event will unveil a teaser to their upcoming exhibition, "Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction" and will feature admission to the museum, music by rock and blues band, The Plateros, a no-host bar and dinner seating at The Cafe until 8 p.m. If this is the path you choose for tonight, you really don't have to go anywhere else. NU (Native + You) is tonight (Friday, Nov. 20th) from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix, 602-252-8848, www.heard.org/NU.

3. Brian Boner at the eye lounge
I haven't seen anything unsatisfactory come from Brian Boner since I first saw one of his paintings about four years ago at Art One. He's made a name for himself around town with his beautifully ethereal paintings. His newest exhibition, "Random Patterns Guaranteed" opens and will feature more works chock-full of imagery of haunting children embedded in a playground of symbolism. "Brian Boner: Random Patterns Guaranteed" opens tonight (Friday, Nov. 20th) from 6-10 p.m. at eye lounge, 419 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix, www.brianboner.com.

4. Eyelounge@X at the eye lounge
Wait a minute - what? Two events at the eye lounge? Someone's been busy! EyeloungeX is the gallery's once a year sale of the collectives' works priced from $40 to $200. These pieces are donated by past and present eye lounge artists and the profit is one of the major contributors to keeping this beloved gallery afloat. Now, if you happen to be a label whore, this may not be for you. All works are anonymously displayed until the sale ends on December 12th. EyeloungeX opens tonight (Friday, Nov. 20th) from 5-7 p.m. at eye lounge, 419 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix, www.eyelounge.com.

5. 10th Annual Holiday Sale at Sherrie's Studio
I almost feel like we've come full circle now that I'm talking about Arts & Crafts again...that must mean we're getting close to the end of the list. But it's not over without the mention of this sale of five artists' wares, perfect for holiday gifts. They've got ceramics, paintings, wearable art and recycled tin collage up for sale. The 10th Annual Holiday Sale at Sherrie's Studio is today through Sunday (Nov. 20th-22nd) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sherrie's Studio, 4926 E. Weldon in Phoenix.

6. 8th Annual Holiday Open Studio in Tempe
I'll admit I'm losing steam with this list but I...must...go...on. While list item number five has got you in the mood, you may want to cruise down to Tempe for another open studio featuring art photography, ceramics, glass and jewelry for sale by seven artists. The Holiday Open Studio runs tonight (Friday, Nov. 20th) from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and then Sat.-Sun., Nov. 21-22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 907 W. 16th St. in Tempe, 480-967-6198.

7. Charles Kurre at Alta Space Gallery
This noted painter and sculptor was a long-time Chicago resident until he moved to AZ in 1999. He's since received an Arizona Commission on the Arts Project Grant, his work has appeared in Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine and he's been reviewed in Art News. His selected works for the show "Spontaneous Combustion" will feature abstract canvases with word poem inscriptions. Charles Kurre's "Spontaneous Combustion" opens Sunday, Nov. 22nd from 1-5 p.m. at Alta Space Gallery, 600 N. 4th St. in Phoenix, www.charleskurre.com.

Now, I've done my duty as art blogger this week. Yes, yes, Arty Girl will rest easy tonight.

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