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Through October 26
West Valley Arts HQ (FREE)
Paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and mixed-media works are on display in the Fifth Annual Surprise Invitational. Tu-Th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, westvalleyarts.org, 623-584-2626.
Arizona Capitol Museum (FREE)
The Merci Train Exhibit: An Arizona French Connection, through spring 2019, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the boxcar’s arrival in Arizona and a glimpse of its contents, including books, toys, pottery, tableware, paintings and artwork. Renegades: Arizona Undammed Rivers, Oct. 25-Dec. 31, features paintings by landscape artist Tony Winters that portray the Upper Verde and San Pedro, Arizona’s last remaining wild rivers. M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, azlibrary.gov/azcm, 602-926-3620.
ASU Art Museum (FREE)
Euan MacDonald: A Bigger Plan, through Dec. 1; Yuri Kobayashi: Indwelling, through Dec. 8; Pop/Funk: Warhol and Frey, through Dec. 29; and Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolás Goldberg: Decomiso, Oct. 20-March 16. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.
AZ Heritage Center
2017 Historymakers, through Sept. 30, 2019; and Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, Oct. 19-Dec. 29, featuring works by former President George W. Bush. M-Th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; F-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, adults; $10, seniors; $8, children 7-17; free, children 6 and younger. 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museums/tempe, 480-929-0292.
Cave Creek Museum (pictured)
The museum showcases an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that chronicle the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. New this year are paintings by Sharon Moon and Cowboys Don’t Do Lunch: The Photographs of Herb Cohen. W-Th, Sa-Su, 1-4:30 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $7, adults; $5, seniors; free, children 11 and younger. 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club, through Oct. 28; One Trader’s Legacy: Steve Getzwiller Collects the West, through Oct. 28; and The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post, through Nov. 25. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $12, adults; $10, seniors; free, children 17 and younger. 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, westernmuseum.org, 928-684-2272.
Gallery at TCA (FREE)
Monster Stories, through Jan. 5, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in popular culture, literature, mythology and the idea of the “other” in society. The exhibit includes works from local and national artists, plus toys and memorabilia from private collections. Tu-Th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2867.
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
Fire history exhibits cover nearly an acre, including more than 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus from around the world dating from 1725 to 1969. The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honors firefighters who died in the line of duty or were decorated for heroism, and another gallery is dedicated to the history of wildland firefighting in the U.S. Hands-on exhibits for children also are featured. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $10, adults; $8, seniors and students 6-17; $4, children 3-5. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
It’s Your Turn: A Home Studio, through Oct. 7; Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience, through Oct. 29; Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith, through Jan. 6; Sonwai: The Jewelry of Verma Nequatewa, Oct. 5-March 10; and Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit, Oct. 29-Feb. 3. M-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Jazz Stories: Faith Ringgold, through Nov. 25; Ko Mo – Not Knowing: Joe Willie Smith, through Jan. 6; Eras of Jazz – The Visual: Reyes Padilla, through Jan. 6; Crazy Vibes and Thangs: Frank Morrison, through Jan. 13; and Jazz It Up! Jazz Inspired Art from Today, through Jan. 20. Tu-W, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $3.50; free, children 7 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Mini Time Machine Museum
Dedicated to the preservation and display of antique and contemporary miniatures, the museum showcases more than 275 diminutive houses, room boxes and collectibles. Jean Leroy’s Buzzard Creek Ghost Town, through Nov. 4; Connie Sauve: Miniatures from the IGMA Guild School, through Dec. 16; and Automata: Miniature Mechanized Narratives, Oct. 4-Jan. 27. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, theminitimemachine.org, 520-881-0606.
Musical Instrument Museum
Thousands of instruments and artifacts from around the world, plus live performances make MIM a music-lover’s dream. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Pastels: Color the West, through Nov. 25; and Local Color, Oct. 5-Feb. 24. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1-4 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 12 and younger. 4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, phippenartmuseum.org, 928-778-1385.
Phoenix Art Museum
2017 Contemporary Forum Artists’ Grants Winners, through Nov 4; To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider, through Nov. 11; Rauschenberg and Johns: The Blurring of Art and Life, through Nov. 11; Warriors in World War I, through Dec. 2; Modern Simplicity: Selected Gifts from Elaine and Sidney Cohen, through Dec. 2; Saintly Soldiers of the Sikh Faith, through Dec. 2; Ave Maria: The Virgin Mary and the Archangels, through Dec. 2; Present Tense: Selections from the Lenhardt Collection, through Dec. 16; and Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, Oct. 6-Jan. 27. Call for times and ticket prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Pueblo Grande Museum
This national historic landmark is built around a Hohokam mound that overlooks the source of more than 600 miles of canals built by these prehistoric people, with exhibits and hands-on activities, plus full-scale reproductions of Hohokam homes. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Su, 1-4:45 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, children 6-17; free, children 5 and younger. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901. The museum celebrates International Archaeology Day Oct. 20, with archaeology demonstrations, children’s activities and tours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
River of Time Museum
Guests learn about water and its ongoing role in shaping Arizona, plus the future of water sustainability in the desert, with exhibits focusing on Fountain Hills, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and Verde communities. Call for times. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, children 6-12. 12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, rotmuseum.org, 480-837-2612.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Lydia Okumura: Situations, through Oct. 14; Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967-1999), Oct. 13-Jan. 20; and Double Agents: Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes, Oct. 27-Jan. 27. Call for times and admission prices. 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666. An opening reception for fall exhibits is planned at 7 p.m. Oct. 26.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
The Art of Joe Beeler, through Oct. 28; A Spotlight on Contemporary Hopi Ceramicists and Katsina Doll Carvers, through Nov. 25; Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from the Allan and Judith Cooke Collection, through Dec. 29; Confluence of Cultures in the American West: A Selection of Contemporary Artists from the Peterson Collection, through Jan. 13; and New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West, Oct. 16-Sept. 22, 2019. Tu-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, adults; $13, seniors; $8, students and children 6-17. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, scottsdalemuseumwest.org, 480-686-9539.
Shemer Art Center (FREE)
Beloved Beasts, featuring animal works of art in all mediums, through Oct. 4; and We Believe, a multimedia exhibit of works with subject matter that portrays joy, faith, loyalty, beliefs and truth, Oct. 9-Nov. 15. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, shemerartcenter.org, 602-262-4727.
A historic replica of an ancient pueblo, the museum features pottery, tools, clothing, baskets and more from several Southwestern cultures. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, students; free, children 11 and younger. 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, smokimuseum.org, 928-445-1230.
Tempe History Museum (FREE)
Greetings from Tempe – Quite a Little Town Here, through Oct. 21; and Humans of Tempe, through March 24. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1-5 p.m. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.