Visual Arts

Arty Girl: Will Wilson and Steven Yazzie at the Heard Museum

I have a feeling this Friday night is going to be one of those nights where I'm so overwhelmed with art options, I become socially paralyzed and don't know what to do with myself.

Already, we've got Third Friday art walk and the ASU Kurt Weiser opening, but I'll just take the liberty of adding another event to the list.

From 7-9 p.m. this Friday, Will Wilson and Steven Yazzie will hold an informal reception for their joint show, "New Works" in the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum Shop.

Wilson is a fine art photographer (among other things) of Navajo descent. In his new works, he asserts specific imagery in hopes to empower other Native Americans to "control one's own representation". He focuses on the Navajo people's relationship to the land - the very land he feels isolated from.

Stephen Yazzie focuses on land as well but grapples with the collision of urban landscapes and nature. His paintings depict just that - a mix of both worlds to lend opportunity for viewers to consider their impact, whether harmonious or damaging, to the natural world.

The show is only up until the 25th, so this may have to be at the top of the list for Friday.

Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum Shop, 2301 North Central Ave in Phoenix. Call 602-346-8250 or visit