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@Central Gallery

Located on the first floor of Burton Barr Central Library, @Central Gallery presents fine art exhibitions featuring the work of Arizona artists not currently represented by a gallery. It is open to the public during normal library hours and First Fridays. For more information, email centralgallery.lib@phoenix.gov.


​Current Exhibit

"The Last Bookstores: America's Resurgent Independents" -- Bryan David Griffith
Jan. 22 - March 4

Photograph of bookstore interior - Weller Book Works."The Last Bookstores” combines photographs and interviews to document an industry during a time of historic changes. Griffith photographed independent bookstores old and new, large and small, iconic and obscure, in big cities and small towns across America.

​In keeping with the theme of an industry in turmoil, Griffith photographed this project on large and medium-format film—a craft in jeopardy.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

 

Upcoming Exhibit

"Monsoon on Metal" -- Davo Laninga Photograph of storm clouds and lightening strike
March 11 - April 15

Laninga's photographs capture the sense of awe and surprising beauty that can be found during the Arizona Monsoon. 

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 1. The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.


 

​Recent Exhibits​ Image of Paul Nosa's artwork.

"Drawing with a Sewing Machine" -- Paul Nosa
Nov. 6 - Jan. 11

Nosa creates non-traditional drawings using his Solar Sewing Rover — a portable sewing machine powered by a solar panel or a bicycle with an electric generator. Nosa travels the country to demonstrate the Solar Sewing Rover and the importance of renewable energy. 

 

Dia de los Muertos “Creativity: Inspiration of my Imagination”
Oct. 18 - 31

 An exhibit of self-made altars inspired by the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition. 

 

 

 

Image of  mixed-media sculpture by Carolyn Watson-Dubish"Books of Whimsy" -- Carolyn Watson Dubisch
Aug. 7 - Oct. 16

Through the combination of fine art and recycled materials, Watson Dubisch has created a series of charming, mixed-media works that invite the viewer to embrace their imagination.  She is inspired by books—inside each one is a world waiting to be explored by the reader. 

Photo credit: David Willhie, Duke Photography.

@Central Gallery Call for Artists

Each year, @Central Gallery issues a call for local artists to submit their work. The call generally opens in the late summer and remains open for approximately two months.