Phoenix art Archives

Want to observe art from the comfort and safety of your car? Drive by these larger-than-life murals in the Downtown Phoenix area. El Oso Plateado and the Machine by Nevercrew An extinct Mexican grizzly (the silver bear from the title) floats on the side of the Novel Coworking Heard Building, located on Central Avenue, just north of CityScape. The front and back of the bear seem to be holographs projected from the machines depicted at...

A still from Love. Directed/Animated by Reka Busci  
The Art Of Flying. Created by Jan Van Ijken.

The next offering from Phoenix’s No Festival Required film series isn’t one movie, it’s nine little movies. “The Rural Route Film Festival Touring Program: Short Films and Animations” is a compilation of the best shorts from the New York-based fest, which features non-urban subjects from around the world, often focusing on environmental issues.

If this sounds like a depressing or guilt-inducing prospect, don’t despair. It’s a surprisingly lively, engaging collection, often distressing but non-didactic and free of scolding (e.g. it’s your fault we’re watching sad polar bears floating away on melting ice). The selections are highly diverse in style and tone, and yet there’s a recurrence of themes and images between them that gives the show unity. Two of the shorts, for instance, involve the mining industry’s use of ill-fated canaries, Jesse Kreitzer’s Iowa-filmed early-20th century period mining drama Black Canaries and Marie Schlingmann’s disturbing, ambiguous thriller Canary.

1. Firestorm Film Festival – May 2
Arizona Christian University Communication majors will show an original screenplay during this third annual festival. This is a chance to financially support their talents as well as celebrate their achievements as each student has written and directed their own short film. Free. 7-10 p.m. The Picture Show in Paradise Valley Mall, 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix,

1. Gallery Talk: Longer Ways to Go at Phoenix Art Museum – April 19
This exhibition dives into photos taken on America’s tangled web of roads and how they influenced the evolution of an American identity. The photos explore rural life, nature, westward expansion and personal freedom. Free. 7-8 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,

The perfect holiday present doesn’t have to elude you. The Shemer Art Center in Arcadia boasts a gift shop offering hundreds of one-of-a-kind gifts at truly reasonable prices. Each piece is hand-made by famous and up-and-coming local artists.

The Shemer Art Center is hidden in plain sight on the southeast corner of East Camelback and Arcadia. Near the entrance, a Latin phrase inscribed over a cozy fireplace translates to, “Art is long, life is brief.” Built in 1919, this onetime home is the oldest in the Arcadia neighborhood. It has been a museum since 1985.

While you’re browsing, check out the schedule of classes and upcoming events. And don’t forget to check out the art in the museum itself.

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