I have an uncle who won the Presidential Key for watercolor painting; He taught us some of the finer points of the arts, while painting kachinas or clowns as we were growing up. I’ve always had an appreciation for the arts, but not always the ability to be a regular member or donator. Phoenix Art Museum makes it easy for most people, if not everyone to view art, everything from modern to classic, at a reasonable rate. It can be an evening eating an edible and meeting someone special via light-rail. It can be an evening spent with friends at little to no cost to explore some classic or modern art in Midtown Phoenix with a solid sesh afterwards. It can be nice to go alone with a vape pen and expand your knowledge on several styles for the change in your pockets or purse.
Arpana Caur, BHAI MARDANA IN TRANCE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GURU NANAK, b. 1954. Oil on canvas. Loan from the Khanuja Family Collection. | phxart.org
For a time, every Wednesday you could find me, first in the Museum courtyard with my vape pen, then throughout the exhibits learning about the collection. This has been a great experience for me to grow, and to educate myself on the arts of Asia, European, American and American Wester, as well as see their expansion into the new era of art and artists. They have several wings containing, Modern or Contemporary Art, some of Arizona’s most famous are on display, as well as art from around the world, and across time. A wing of the museum is also Fashion, yet another is devoted to arts of photography, A Mexican photographer exhibit is especially well done, it will be on display through the 22nd of September! I found that all faiths and religions have various exhibits donated by churches around the world. Hispanic and native cultures are represented throughout time and with various mediums in the American Western exhibit. It can feel like a time capsule to experience the history of Arizona with visual arts. I often attend and donate as I am able to ensure that this art as well as new art is brought in for the next generations of artists. Wednesdays from 3pm until close is voluntary donation night, come out and check out some new art.
Raymond Jonson, City Dynamism (detail), 1932. Oil on canvas. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Lorenz Anderman. © University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque. | phxart.org
The voluntary donation nights are not limited to Wednesdays 3pm to 9pm, as the museum also does First Fridays 6pm to 10pm and also Discount Tire: Family Sunday 12 pm to 5pm on August 11th. They also have a theatre where and paid exhibits marked down as low as $5 dollars on those days. This can include their rotating exhibits or something showing in the museum theatre, which could include, a class or bonus material about the film or play. The Museum is open six days of the week, with Tuesday, Thursday, Friday hours being 10am to 5pm. Wednesday 10am to 9pm, with the weekends being Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. The normal General admission can vary, for adults $23, seniors $20, students (with I.D.) $18, youths (age 6-17) $14, with all children 5 or younger being free. If you attend, you can rest assured that there is plenty to do, including Palette, their restaurant, or hit the gift shop for a souvenir. Visit phxart.org for more information, or call them at (602)257-1880.
Hours: Monday – Closed Tuesday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (First Friday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.) Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – 12 – 5 p.m.