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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

Current Exhibit

This is Me -- Drawings by Karolina Adams
Space and Time -- Paintings by Edna Dapo 
March 8 - May 3, 2019

"I’m an introvert by nature so drawing has always been my alternative to verbal expression. I’m not a very graceful speaker, my conversations are messy, I run in circles with my idea and trip over my words. Unlike my chaotic mind my work is clean, minimal and to the point.  It allows me to unload my feelings, and work through the thoughts and emotions and tell my stories. Drawing quiets my, at times, scrambled mind." -- Karolina Adams

Edna Dapo describes this series of miniature scale paintings as "depicting infinite space, and the human condition as infinitesimal within it." Dapo’s work is on a constant search for the answers through the meditative qualities of paint: “Why are we here?,” “Are we alone?,” “How to create a world that is better for us being in it?” She expresses these big ideas onto the tiniest of canvases—miniature cosmos on 5x7 and 6x8 inches.

​Upcoming Exhibits           

Amorphous -- Paintings by Sydney Volk 
May 10 - June 28, 2019

Describing her creative process, artist Sydney Volk says, "I am compelled to paint, the canvas calls to me but I often don’t have a predetermined outcome for the final piece. I let the paint move and mix and let whatever comes out, come out. It’s an exercise in being part of the chaos, in seeing that there is no real control and letting myself go into it."

Join us for a First Friday reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. 

Recent Exhibits

Caught Between Two Worlds -- Elizabeth Pineda 
January 11 - March 1, 2019

Originally from Mexico City, Elizabeth Z. Pineda’s photography focuses on controversial issues, giving voice to those who often exist in society's shadow. "Caught Between Two Worlds" captures double-exposed images of immigration in the US fusing landscape and people, asking the viewer to carefully examine not just the images, but the issue itself. 

Join us for a First Friday reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 1. The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.


Diego Pérez is an artist originally from Mexico whose focus is on humor, irony, and traditional techniques.  He considers it important to modify the legitimization of art and the usual approach of admiration and respect of the art piece by questioning the environment and by using irony and sarcasm.


 Día de los MuertosPhoto of a Dia de los Muertos altar
October 15 - November 2, 2018

An exhibit of handmade-made altars inspired by the Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead tradition. 


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