Nine Must-Sees This Third Friday (May 20)

It's Third Friday, and if you're ready to fall in love with a piece of local artwork, take a Red Dress Tour down Grand Avenue, or peruse a few galleries in Phoenix, we have you covered.

Here are a few shows you don't want to miss.

1. Not a cloud in the sky @ Modified Arts

Melinda Bergman presents her meditation on "the life ideal" through a series of playful paintings, collaged paper drawings, sculptures and installations. Bergman, who's known for her abstract, colorful work, says she started drawing characters and whimsical scenery when her grandson was born. Her work at Modified combines these fairytale-like portraits with her focus on life's many instabilities and unattainable dreams. Modified Arts will host an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m.. For more information, see the Modified Arts website.

2. Hurwitz Meat Market @ Eyelounge
Sarah Hurwitz is out of her studio and back in the gallery with a meat market. She writes that her solo show is a reflection on the reality of adulthood: "When I was growing up, I always pictured adulthood as a magical time where you could eat lucky charms for breakfast, lunch and dinner, stay up all night, and wear your bathing suit to the supermarket. It turns out that as an adult this only results in diarrhea, being miserable at work, and being that creepy out of shape lady inappropriately dressed to handle food." Hurwitz's show will open at 6 p.m..

3. "Girl Plays in Radioactive Dirt" @ Regular Gallery
Lisa Marie Sipe uses mixed media and encaustic on found objects in a visual reaction to her aunt's death after she had played outside for months following the testing of a nuclear bomb was tested in Las Vegas in 1953. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m..

4. "The Natural World: Landscapes and People" @ Olney Gallery
John Henry Waddell and Ruth Holland Waddell will show their latest sculpture, painting and drawings tonight at Olney Gallery in the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 100 W. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix. The gallery will also host a dance and musical performance by Lisa Chow, artistic director of Desert Dance Theatre and Step Raptis from 7 to 8 p.m.. Doors open at 6 p.m..

5. Nitty Gritty @ 5&6
The local artist crew behind the decade of Nitty Gritty Graf shows in the late 80s and early 90s are back with new work to celebrate the old shows and reflect on current graffiti culture in Phoenix. Pariticipating artists including Lalo Cota, El Mac, Breeze, Matt Dickson and more will at 5&6 Gallery in Scottsdale tonight from 


And don't miss your last chance to check out these local art shows, which were featured in our First Friday Field Guide:

Pong @ Pravus Gallery

Rachel Bess's Ghost Show @ Perihelion

A Book About Death @ Willo North

De Norte A Sur @ After Hours Gallery

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