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Along with the regularly featured functional art by over 100 Arizona artists, we also host
 an emerging Arizona visual artist for a month long solo show on our gallery wall. 

Our Current Show

Space Boy Robot Presents: "Musée des Roboddities"
Exhibition: November 1-30, 2014
Reception for the Artist: First Friday Nov 7th, from 7-9


November 2014

A Share of the Pie: Charity Pie Night!
Friday, November 21st, 2014 from 7pm-9pm
Featured charity: Tempe Community Action Agency

A $5 donation gets you a slice of a Vonceil's Pies creation! A $10 donation or $25 purchase at the shop gets you as many in-house tastings as you'd like! The delectables (made by our favorite sister/helper Karen Olson) have previously included Banana Peanut Butter Cream, and Strawberry Jalapeno. Bring your own plate or pick up a handmade one on the spot to keep things eco-conscious!
All donations, and 10% of all sales during the event, will be donated to:http: Tempe Community Action Agency

Space Boy Robot Presents:
"Musée des Roboddities"
Exhibition: November 1-30, 2014

Local mixed-media artist Jordan-Alexander Thomas exhibits his intriguing, sometimes odd, but always wildly imaginative robot sculptures based on cultural and historical figures. Wood, found items, and various up-cycled ephemera are transformed by Thomas into amusing and highly entertaining steampunk creations designed to tickle your imagination. Awaken your daydreams of other times and places by attending this highly anticipated multi-media art exhibit exclusively by Space Boy Robot.

Black Friday
Friday, November 28th, 2014 from 9am-9pm

What do you think? Is 12 hours enough time to begin your holiday shopping?! We're open allllll day, with a plethora of shenanigans throughout the day! That's right... a plethora! Everything you need to have a non-crazy-making Black Friday Shopping experience starting with BRUNCH! From 9-11am as a little reward for those early birds who wanna help us start the day right, we'll be serving coffee, mimosas, and pastries. And though we'll be giving out a $10 GIFT CARD FOR EVERY $100 YOU SPEND IN THE SHOP all day long, if you do so between 8 & 11am, we'll throw in one of our snazzy Practical Art T-shirts too. And lastly, to end the day, from 7-9pm, we'll let you wind down with some wine and live music. It's all local, all unique and lovely, and most importantly for Black Friday, all chill.

Small Business Saturday!
Saturday, November 29th, 2014 from 10am-6pm

Bo Diddley famously asked, "Whooooo dooo you loooove?" Well, friends, here's your chance to overwhelm your favorite local businesses with waves of love and support. We know we'll be here all day long, doing what we try to do every single day-- helping you find those right pieces of unique and skillful locally-handmade art for your special someones. There'll also be plenty of varied beverages and snacks on hand to assist with your shopping stamina (and your partner's patience), so come by and recharge! We'll also have a slew of new work in specially for this weekend!

December 2014

"Before Dawn" by Alexandra Bowers
Exhibition: December 1-31, 2014
Reception for the Artist: Friday Dec 12th, from 7-9pm

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party!

First Friday December 5th from 6pm-9pm

Pull out your "best" festive sweater and come celebrate the season with us here at Practical Art! We'll have holiday music, holiday themed food & drinks, photo ops and a $50 gift card contest (Ugliest Sweater takes the cake!) So come down and celebrate the season with us!

Socrates Cafe 

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 from 3pm-5pm 

Don't be don't need to know anything about philosophy. Socrates Cafe is a way to participate in (or observe) an in-person, engaging conversation between actual humans. It's a dying art, so throw away your cell phones and join us! Anyone and everyone is welcome to chat, listen, or shop!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 from 7pm-8:30pm
Hosted by Jake Friedman!

Come hang out in an indoors, relaxed atmosphere and share your passions and insights with a welcoming audience. Bring along poetry, flash fiction, or any other word-craft pieces that respect typical time allowances for group readings. We expect an hour of open mic with first come, first serve sign-ups; the last half an hour will feature one local wordsmith. If you are interested in featuring, please e-mail