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Through October 6
Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery
Arizona artists Laura Spalding Best and Cam DeCaussin express their perception of the world with captured moments in oils in When You Weren’t Looking. Call for times and admission prices. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2695.
Through October 6
West Valley Arts HQ
Eight artists share their works in Fiber as Art. The exhibit includes pieces created from wool, silk, cotton, polyester, paper, threads and yarn with non-fiber embellishments. Call for times and admission prices. 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, westvalleyarts.org, 623-584-2626.
Through October 8
Tempe History Museum (FREE)
Trains of Tempe, through Oct. 8, focuses on themes of transportation and transformation. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1-5 p.m. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.
ASU Art Museum (FREE)
Re: Sisters, through Oct. 21; Material Beauty: Encounter with Nathan Newman, through Dec. 9; Soul Mining, through Dec. 30; and Poros, through Jan. 20. 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.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Stormy Weather: Western Atmospheres, through Oct. 8; Having Their Picture Took: Western Portrait Photography Then and Now, through Oct. 29; West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club, through Oct. 29; Arizona Military Memories, through Oct. 29; How the West Is One: Contemporary Western Art from the Tia Collection, through March 4; and The Picerne Collection of Arizona Landmark Art, Oct. 21-March 4. 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.
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 exhibit pays tribute to the firefighters and other rescue workers lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Hands-on exhibits for children also are featured. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, children 6-17; $2, children 3-6. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
Black White Blue Yellow, through Oct. 15; Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest, through Dec. 31; and Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection, Oct. 7-April 15. 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
AltRealities: The Fantastical Worlds & Creatures of Contemporary Artists, through Nov. 26; The Dusk Parade: Joe Sorren, through Jan. 7; After Party: Julie Heffernan, through Jan. 14; and Slang Aesthetics: Robert Williams, through Jan. 21. 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 miniature houses, room boxes and collectibles. John Leroy’s Buzzard Creek Ghost Town, through Oct. 31; and George Stuart Historical Figures: Early Works from the Hernandez Family Collection, through Jan. 21. 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. The museum celebrates the life of the legendary John Lennon, Oct. 7-8, with curator talks, film screenings and trivia contests commemorating the musician’s legacy of peace and love.
Kids, Colts & Calves, through Jan. 21; and Western Treasures of the Phoenix Art Museum, Oct. 7-Feb. 18. 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
Longer Ways to Go: Photography of the American Road, through Oct. 15; Virtue and Valor: Sikh Art and Heritage, through Nov. 5; Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, through Dec. 31; A Tribute to James Galanos, through Jan. 7; Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet, through Feb. 18; Alexander Calder: An Outburst of Color, through April 1; Selections from the Schorr Collection, through April 25; Prints and People, through May 1; Philip C. Curtis: The New Deal and American Regionalism, through May 20; Border Crossings, through May 25; Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism, Oct. 14-Jan. 28; and INFOCUS PhotoBid 2017, Oct. 21-Nov. 15. 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. Find out how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, Oct. 26-Aug. 31. 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. 21, 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 5-12. 12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, riveroftimemuseum.org, 480-837-2612.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, through Jan. 21; and Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature, Oct. 14-Jan. 28. An opening reception for fall exhibits takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13. W, F-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 15 and younger; free admission on Thursdays. 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from the Allan and Judith Cooke Collection, through Dec. 30; Grand Canyon Grandeur, through Dec. 31; The Scottsdale Craftsmen: A 70-Year Legacy, through Jan. 7; Marjorie Thomas: Arizona Art Pioneer, through Jan. 7; and The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History, through Sept. 30, 2018. Tu-W, F-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $13, adults; $11, seniors; $8, students and children 6-17. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, scottsdalemuseumwest.org, 480-686-9539.
Shemer Art Center (FREE)
Arizona Outdoor Sculpture Showcase, through Nov. 1; and Arizona from the Outside, a juried exhibition featuring a variety of works relative to the Arizona landscape, through Nov. 2. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Th, 6:30-8:30 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.
Alwun House (FREE)
Unworldly noir fantasies, blood-curdling creations and evil villains are showcased along with sardonic political sarcasm and Dia de los Muertos reflections in Monsters Menagerie. Tu-F, noon-6 p.m. 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, alwunhouse.org, 602-253-7887.
AZ Heritage Center
Footprints in the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona, Oct. 12-March 31; and 2017 Historymakers, Oct. 18-Sept. 30, 2019. 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.