Eye Lounge has helped define the Phoenix art scene

Explore Art: Phoenix

Like many First Friday devotees in Phoenix, my wanderings around Roosevelt Row always include a stop at eye lounge, founded 15 years ago with the idea of being an artist-run collective celebrating and promoting our city’s visual arts scene. The oblong-shaped gallery is always crowded on art walk nights, but I manage to make my way along the walls and even to the tiny room in the back, realizing that I might need to revisit the work in the daytime, when it’s quieter.

How wonderful, then, that a 60-artists-strong eye lounge group show is getting some breathing room at Vision Gallery in Chandler through March 8, 2015. Called “Self-Made: 15 years of eye lounge,” the exhibit offers some of the best contemporary art by emerging and established artists based in the Phoenix area — in mediums ranging from paintings and ceramics to textiles and photography. The roster of artists…

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