The art scene in Scottsdale is bursting with so much creative expression that
it just cannot be contained indoors! That's why the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk,
spearheaded by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, brings together gallery owners, artists
and art fans every Thursday evening as it has for more than 20 years.
The country's longest-running art walk gives everyone from casual collector to aficionado a chance
to explore the more than 100 galleries found in the Scottsdale Arts Districts in an entirely novel way.
During the ArtWalk, visitors are invited back at 7:00 p.m., when galleries reopen and cooler temperatures
and starlit evenings set a picture-perfect backdrop for strolling.
For the next two hours, pedestrians are encouraged to chat with owners and artists,
perhaps catching a live demonstration on brush technique while enjoying a glass of Chardonnay.
Quarterly themed ArtWalks match important works from various genres with special extras,
such as live bands and regional food sampling. Some of the Scottsdale area's biggest events are incorporated
into these anticipated themed ArtWalks, including the Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk (January), the Bon Appetit ArtWalk (May),
the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk (July) and the Western ArtWalk (October).
No matter which ArtWalk a visitor chooses to participate in, they are a wonderful
way to meet area artists, gallery owners and locals, making anyone feel like they are
part of an extended family of art lovers.
Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for the Scottsdale Arts District
located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. “America’s Original ArtWalk,”
this weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) between 7 and 9 pm.
That’s when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to
the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists.
A 30-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple — proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that
capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains,
tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often
available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.
People love the fabulous weather and Scottsdale Downtown ambiance, and they often plan an entire evening that
combines ArtWalk with a foray for drinks, dining or the theater.
Be prepared to be surprised by the wide array of artistic styles that are represented by Scottsdale galleries,
from Western traditional to cutting-edge contemporary, from Southwest landscapes and Native American subjects to
Russian Impressionism and more. Scottsdale ArtWalk keeps you on your cultural toes!
Scottsdale ArtWalk is also a great place to “people watch.” Sure, famed artists may be guested at individual
gallery receptions, or even demonstrating their work, but the art-walking public itself offers up a wide slice
of life, a mix of locals and tourists of all kinds.