December 17th,

Upcoming at the ArtWalk

Presented by Scottsdale Gallery Association

Hundreds of Artworks to Browse or Buy, Live Music, New Gifts,

Artist Receptions, Live Demonstrations, Food Sampling, Wine Sipping

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Scottsdale ArtWalk, presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, will be back to its regular 7-9pm hours this Thursday, December 17. The official Art of Giving ArtWalk has passed but there will still be plenty of holiday spirit in the air, as galleries and businesses have fashioned their seasonal decorations and some are offering holiday treats.

Looking beyond the holidays, a special Saturday ArtWalk – Art on the Asphalt – is set for January 9 from noon to 4pm. A mix of working artists and cool, collectible cars will exhibit along the ArtWalk blocks and ‘50s and ‘60s music will fill the air, along with other musical entertainment. More on this in the next update.

Featured this week, and every week except Thanksgiving, will be local, national and international art at over 40 galleries in the heart of Scottsdale, along with live music, artist receptions and other festivities. Look for the blue “ArtWalk the Line” insignia on sidewalks along Main Street and Marshall Way for participating venues.

Some highlights on ArtWalk night this week include:

Touchstone Gallery, 4168 N Marshall Way

Selection of small, framed fish fossils that make the perfect gift for the holidays and that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. Each of these small treasures includes the certificate of authentication, made out to the gift recipient, along with a gift box and custom “fossil themed” gift wrap and gift tag. www.touchstonegalleries.com

On the Edge Gallery (OTE), 7050 Fifth Ave.

Featuring one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments that make fabulous gifts for art-loving friends and family. www.ontheedgegallery.com

SPECIAL FEATURES ALONG OR NEAR THE ARTWALK:

Copper Leaf Gastrolounge, 4225 N. Craftsman Ct.:Thirsty Scottsdale ArtWalkers can stop by the Copper Leaf Gastrolounge for the ArtWalk special: a $4 moonshine cocktail or 20% off of the food and beverage tab!

COMING SOON:

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd.: Hosts annual New Year’s Day Auction, Friday, Jan. 1 featuring high caliber, museum-quality antiques. Luxury Auction includes abstract Harry Bertoia sculpture, an Anna Boch oil seascape, an Aurel Bernath oil rural scene and a large collection of jade and Asian collectibles. A Mimosa toast prior to auction will celebrate the new year. www.jlevines.com

On the Edge Gallery, 7050 E. 5th Ave.: Artist demonstrations, drinks and food from noon to 4pm and featuring a lineup of featured artists on hand either to demonstrate or discuss how they create their artwork, including photographer and painter Frank Biondo, who combines his love for both to create art that embodies both disciplines. Oil painter E.A. Hain-Meranto will also be on hand to feature her interpretive landscapes in oil that convey her impression of desert beauty. www.ontheedgegallery.com

Altamira Fine Art, 7038 E. Main St.:Los Angeles artist Robert Townsend makes his Scottsdale debut with his "Dreamland" exhibit opening January 11. There is an artist reception on Thursday, January 14, 6-9pm, with live music, refreshments and a fun, vintage vibe. Townshend, a pop-photo realist, will feature watercolor and oil paintings ranging from 2 x24 to 60x60 inches. His pop-photo realist style and vibrant color are perfectly matched with eye-catching subject matter including retro candy bars, cakes and pies, and a larger-than-life wall clock. www.Altamiraart.com

Wilde Meyer Gallery, 4142 N. Marshall Way: “Art to Acquire” opens January 7, with a reception on January 28 from 7-9pm. On display will be some of the gallery’s most collectible artists including Linda Carter Holman, Sherri Belassen, Amy Watts (whose “Wild Cow Catcher” is shown below), and more.

Also at Wilde Meyer Gallery, “Cowboys, Indians, Landscapes, and More”opens February 4, with receptions on February 18 and on March 3 in conjunction with the New West ArtWalk. The group show includes Thom Ross, Jim Nelson, Patrick Coffaro, Carol Spielman, Sherri Belassen, Lance Green, Carol Ruff Franza, and more.

New West ArtWalk: This new event, on March 3 from 6:30-9:30pm, combines the Native and Western ArtWalks on the calendar. It’s a unique event that takes on the spectrum of Western and Native arts and will celebrate Scottsdale’s new Museum of the West and the City’s native cultural heritage. Native American and Western entertainers will perform along the ArtWalk line along with performances and Western storytelling at the Museum of the West theatre. Partners for the event include the Museum of the West, Heard Museum and City of Scottsdale.

Video ArtWalk: This new event, on April 7 from 6:30-9:30pm, replaces Spring Into the Arts ArtWalk on the calendar. The ArtWalk will present a popular new trend in the visual arts with video artworks. Images and shows will be displayed on the exterior walls of buildings, in vacant storefronts and in galleries. Pop street musicians and entertainers will perform along the ArtWalk line to capture the new age of visual and performance mediums. Partners include the City of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

International ArtWalk: This event, on July 7 from 6:30-9:30pm, replaces the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk on the calendar and celebrates the many fine artworks represented in Scottsdale galleries from artists and images around the world. The ArtWalk will host a series of small presentations and lectures on a variety of topics from a global perspective. To cool off on the ArtWalk line, cool treats, from Asian shaved ice to Italian gelato, will be served. Partners include ASU Art Department and international artists.

ABOUT THE SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK

Scottsdale was the first city in the U.S. – 41 years ago – to start a weekly ArtWalk, an event that is now a cultural tradition in the city. It’s even been named by Art Walk News website as “The Mother of All Artwalks.”

The member galleries of the Scottsdale Gallery Association are dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from all over the world by offering a dazzling and diverse array of work in a wide variety of media. Members strive to make art accessible to all, from the serious art collector to the casual art appreciator.

At receptions, openings and demonstrations, artists get to show off their work and discuss what went into creating them. Works range from Western traditional to cutting-edge contemporary.

Art and strolling can generate an appetite. Luckily, food samples from local restaurants abound and some of the galleries provide drinks, cheeses, crackers and chocolates.

Local and tourist ArtWalk strollers may bump into a new show opening, an artist demonstration or an offer of a new food sampling. ArtWalk-ing can be the part of a date night that includes dining at one of several restaurants or capping off the night at a downtown bar with a drink. A horse-drawn carriage ride awaits for those wanting to browse in style and the Scottsdale Trolley operates in the area.

For more information on this event, galleries and the ArtWalk, go to www.scottsdalegalleries.com.