There are several art exhibits to choose from if you’re looking for creative fare in the Phoenix metro on Friday nights, from the opening of the new “Cadence” exhibit at the Bentley Gallery to the latest group exhibit taking place at Lodge Art Studio, a staple of the Phoenix art scene set to close on Grand Avenue.
Here’s a preview of what to expect, including several exhibitions and musical performances. Most events are free and some have COVID-19 protocols in place. If you’re still shopping this holiday season, check out gifts made by a local artist while you’re on the go.
Final group exhibition
The Lodge Art Studio
The final group show at the Lodge Art Studio is on Friday evening from 6-10 p.m. Look for works by current members Joe Brklacich, Lisa Jacobs Handler, Abbey Messmer, and Rafael Navarro. The exhibition will also feature works by Tato Caraveo, Tom Cooper, Bill Dambrova, Fausto Fernandez, Toni Gentilli, Rebecca Green. The special guests of the evening are Charmagne Vasquez and Steve Weiss.
Walter Art Gallery
Head to Scottsdale if you want to attend the closing reception for Laura Spalding Best’s “Adrift” exhibition at the Walter Art Gallery, which includes all new works that address human impacts on the environment in the context of the urban desert. Found objects such as vintage irons, teacups, and serving trays are best used as canvas for these oil paintings featuring several familiar Phoenix landscapes.
“A mind without limits”
For his solo exhibition at Eye Lounge, Charles Kurre will present works reflecting the impact of the natural world on his identity and creative process. The artist describes himself as a backcountry adventurer, urban explorer and avid gardener. He presents here “a narrative synthesis measured in time and memory”. Third Friday hours are 6-9 p.m.
The Bentley Gallery is hosting the opening exhibition of two new exhibitions, including ‘Cadence’, which explores diverse interpretations of pattern, rhythm and repetition. Look for works by Michael Marlow, Mark Pomilio, Travis Rice, Jeremy Thomas, Denise Yaghmourian and Eric Zammitt. Mediums featured include acrylic plastic, charcoal, fiber, steel, watercolor, and more. Third Friday hours are 6-8 p.m.
“Enjoy all the little things”
More than two dozen artists exhibit small pieces at the Sisao Gallery. Each artwork measures 12 feet by 12 feet or less and will be on sale in case you want to gift some original artwork this holiday season. Participating artists include Amanda Adkins, Jason Hugger, Kyllan Maney, Daniel Shepherd and Tara Sharpe. Third Friday hours are 6-9 p.m.
Explore the works of Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Johnny Kerr and Indigo at First Studio, where the art of Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Johnny Kerr and Indigo will be featured from 6-9 p.m. on the third Friday. It’s a chance to see how these artists use acrylics, oils and spray paints to create very different abstractions.
“A Fool’s Love Song”
Five15 Arts at the Chartreuse
Admire the paintings of Allison Moyer, a member of the Five15 Arts collective who exhibits works at the Chartreuse, which is also home to the Hazel & Violet letterpress studio. Third Friday hours for the exhibit are 6-10 p.m.
FOUND: RE Phoenix
See works by a wide range of local artists on the FOUND:RE Contemporary Art Tour led by the venue’s curator of arts and culture, Audrey Galat, which requires advance online registration. Third Friday tour options are 6-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15, which includes a welcome cocktail from the MATCH Market and Bar.
5 to 7 on the piano
Crescent Ballroom Patio
Artist Rick Naimark will lay down his brush from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the third Friday so he can tickle the ivories in a free performance for all ages at the Crescent Ballroom Patio. Expect popular songs from the 1950s through today, plus a selection of holiday tunes.
Wild Heart Disco
Fleetmac Wood brings fresh remixes, a fashion twist and Fleetwood Mac-inspired performances to Walter Where? House, where they can’t wait to see the chiffon flow and the mascara flow. The show runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $23 online or $18 at the door. You must be at least 21 years old to attend and follow the venue’s Covid-19 protocols.