@Central Gallery at Burton Barr Central Library

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Burton Barr Central Library Phoenix, AZ

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Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm

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"Día de los Muertos Altars Exhibit"
@Central Gallery, First Floor
October 13, 2019 - November 2, 2019

Altars made by members of the community and inspired by the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition will be on display in the @Central Gallery. The altars honor public and private figures who have passed away.

Join us for an artist reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov 1. Speak to the artists, view the altars, and enjoy a slide show presentation on the history and meaning of Dia de los Muertos. Craft projects will be available for all ages.

The reception is supported by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

Los altares hechos por miembros de la comunidad y inspirados por la tradición del día de los muertos se exhibirán en la @Central Gallery. Los altares dan honor a figuras públicas y privadas que han fallecido. Únase a nosotros para una recepción de artistas de 6: 30-8 p.m. el viernes 1 de noviembre.

Hable con los artistas, vea los altares y disfrute de una presentación de diapositivas sobre la historia y el significado del Día de los Muertos. Los proyectos artesanales estarán disponibles para todas las edades.

La recepción es apoyada por la Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.


“Kids in Focus Art Exhibit”
North Gallery, Floor 2
August 5 - October 20, 2019

View the art created by the participants of Kids in Focus. Kids in Focus is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to giving at-risk youth the chance to see themselves and the world in a new light, equipping them with essential life skills to make the shift from surviving to thriving. When kids experience trauma such as poverty, homelessness, neglect, and abuse, they disconnect from the world and themselves. A camera in their hands, with the right guidance and encouragement, can switch the light in their eyes back on, giving them a new lens on life.


IN FLUX installations
First Floor and Second Floor

"Curious Creatures" by Christy Puetz
First Floor
With the use of technology having a strong presence in society today, I feel creating art using traditional mediums and techniques are more important than ever. My sculptures incorporate a mix of fiber arts, symbolism, texture, and research to engage people in magical ways. Every stitch, bead, and handmade shape is a visual story filled with history and the human touch

"Radiant Grove" by Daniel Funkhouser
Second Floor
Radiant Grove is a trio of toy-like alien trees made from laser cut acrylic and CNC carved plywood designed specifically to react with Burton Barr Library’s plentiful natural light. Its color gradients constantly change - while riding the elevator, moving around each side, and throughout the day as light fades to night. The tree forms speak to the joys of growth and learning embodied by the library, while Radiant Grove’s computer-inspired imagery nods to the library’s expanding role into digital services and technology



The @Central Gallery is normally open during library hours and during First Fridays, 6:30-8:00PM.



November First Firday

Date: November 1, 2019 6:30pm

Description: Dia de los Muertos Altars reception and crafts Join us for an artist reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov 1. Speak to the artists, view the altars,...

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"The Journey Circles Back" sculptures by David Knorr and "Colors of Longing" paintings by Alma Telibecirevic

Date: November 3, 2019 3:00pm

Description: Two show combination exhibit "The Journey Circles Back" sculptures by David Knorr David Knorr is expressing his artistic voice through architectural totems and biomorphic sculptures. David shares...

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