August is upon us once again with a flurry of fine art to feast your eyes on. Take a look at a few of the selections I think will help you make the most of your evening. Head over to the Artlink website for more details on exhibits and transportation.

Courtesy of Practical Art

Practical Art is delighted to feature a collaborative exhibition of work from artists Emily Costello, Frank Ybarra, Gennaro Garcia and Joe Ray. “Though utilizing a variety of mediums, these artists share a vibrant color palette that culminates in a shared spirit of work.” Be sure to swing through from 7-9 p.m., located at 5070 N Central Ave.

Courtesy of Joseph Podlesnik

The Mystery of the Visible
Abe Zucca Gallery is proud to present the photographs of Joseph Podlesnik. In this reflection series, Podlesnik challenges himself to create unique images by colliding three worlds in the same shot: the photographer’s perspective, the interior space and the external world. “Photographs are not only windows through which to see and document the visible world,” says Podlesnik, “they comment on or re-enact perception itself.” Come linger from 6-11:30 p.m., located at 1301 Grand Ave.

Photo by Derek Ellis.

Postcards from Highway 20
NAU graduate turned street photographer, Derek Ellis is thrilled to present his first solo-show. Exhibited in The Studio at FOUND:RE Phoenix hotel, this iconic series is, “… melancholic yet strangely hopeful,” says curator Mike Oleskow and features photographs from his cross-country journey on Highway 20; offering an instant look in to some of the countries, “hidden landscapes.” A standout show to say the least. Doors open from 5-10 p.m., located at 1100 N Central Ave.

The Art of Science

Courtesy of Kris Kollasch

First Studio will feature more than 20 local artists in this group show that explores the sciences of biology, botany and beyond through a variety of media and technique. Discover worlds of diversity and depth as these artists take you on journey through the explanations and predictions of the universe. Join the hypothesis from 6-10 p.m., located at 631 N 1st Ave.

Courtesy of Dan Pederson

innies and outies
Chartreuse is more than just the color the year, it’s one of downtown’s featured gallery spaces, currently exhibiting the work of Phoenix artist Dan Pederson. By immersing himself in his creative process, Pederson is able to explore the “euphoria of creation” and different ways of bringing his conceptual art to life. He does this by blending layers of color, combined with found objects and mixed media to create textures, movement and more. Swing through and take a peek, doors open from 6-10 p.m., located at 1301 Grand Ave.

Courtesy of Heard Museum

Cut + Paste PHX
The Heard Museum is pleased to host a fun-filled evening for the whole family, featuring Phoenix artist Melissa Waddell in the Steele Auditorium. The evening will include art, activities, music and more; including performances from La Luz de la Luna and Los Saguaritos, as well as some tasty treats from Paletas Betty. This event is free, so bring the family and make a night of it. Check out the museums feature exhibit of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera for only $7. Doors open from 6-9 p.m., located at 2301 N Central Ave.