When talking about ART WALK as a tradition it’s important to note: that Scottsdale Arizona may have the longest running Artwalk in America.
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 pm and 9 pm. That’s when 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 40-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.
Casual and eclectic, it’s a great time to visit the galleries and discover fabulous artists. Several times per year, the Scottsdale Gallery Association “pulls out all the stops” for Special Event ArtWalks with live music along the streets and special themed events.
Heres a list of the year’s events well in to 2016
Courtesy of SCA
Celebrating over 40 years of ArtWalk the Line!
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7pm-9 pm
Anniversary ArtWalk – “America’s Original ArtWalk” celebrates the kickoff to the cultural high season, with the historic Scottsdale ArtWalk happening every Thursday night. Galleries get active with a night full of art openings, live music, food samplings and more!Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in partnership with
the City of Scottsdale.
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7pm-9 pm
Annual “Fall for the Arts” ArtWalk- Autumn brings an array of art events to downtown Scottsdale, and “Fall for the Arts”.
ArtWalk is at the heart of it all. Check out all the great happenings hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in partnership with the City of Scottsdale
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 7pm-9 pm
Annual Collector’s ArtWalk – Classic cars, Arabian Stallions and the finest of fine art- these are just a few of Scottsdale’s favorite things, and they all come together every January. Find art to treasure along the ArtWalk route during the Collector’s ArtWalk hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in recognition of all the great classics and collectibles in town every January.
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7pm-9 pm
Annual Western ArtWalk – Join us for the ultimate artistic showdown on Main Street and all around Scottsdale Downtown. It’s the Western ArtWalk hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association as a “kick off” to Scottsdale’s legendary Parada del Sol which marches right down Scottsdale Road on the following Saturday.
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7pm-9 pm
Annual Native Arts ArtWalk – Celebrate Arizona’s indigenous cultures hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with the annual Heard Museum. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in partnership with the City of Scottsdale.
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7pm-9 pm
Annual “Spring into the Arts” ArtWalk- Featuring “Spring into the Arts” ArtWalk in conjunction with the Scottsdale Unified School District. Enjoy music, munchies and more on the streets along the ArtWalk the Line. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in partnership with the City of Scottsdale.
Thursday, July 7, 2016, 7pm-9 pm
Annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk – It’s summertime’s annual cool down in the Scottsdale Arts District. Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in partnership with the City of Scottsdale.
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