Scottsdale Arts & Culture
With more than 125 galleries and museums, the exciting downtown Scottsdale Art & Shopping Districts, a number of fine performing arts venues, and architectural wonders including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Scottsdale is a year-round celebration of the arts. Collectors and admirers alike will enjoy the Scottsdale Art Walk, a Thursday night tradition in which galleries stay open late and welcome the public to special exhibit openings and artist receptions. Those interested in Scottsdale’s cultural heritage won’t want to miss the world-renowned Heard Museum and the seasonal Native Trails Festivals. No matter what form of art or culture you crave, you’ll find it in Scottsdale. Join the celebration! These art galleries feature traditional fine art and contemporary art, Southwest art, Native American art, Indian pottery, sculpture, paintings, prints, fine art photography, and other types of visual art. If you’re interested in purchasing or collecting art, or perhaps you just enjoy visiting galleries, the Scottsdale Art Gallery Map below will guide you to the many of the art galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Scottsdale Art Associations
Cave Creek / Carefree Gallery Association
6140 E. Cave Creek Road
The Cave Creek/Carefree Gallery Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the visual arts in the Cave Creek and Carefree area. Our membership includes a diverse group of galleries and artists representing a broad range of styles and mediums, all surrounded by the natural beauty of the highSonoranDesert. The association was formed in 2003 by the area galleries who implemented “Art Night,” a November through May event when area galleries stay open every Friday night. Our primary goal is to help publicize and promote the Cave Creek and Carefree areas as an “arts destination.” In doing so, we will strive towards being a valued and participating member of the Cave Creek and Carefree communities as well.
Marshall Way Contemporary Arts Association
c/o Robert Roman Gallery
4164 N. Marshall Way
Tucked amongst the bronze horse sculptures and western store facades that have been identified withScottsdalefor years, a hotbed of contemporary arts activity has been consistently carving out a niche in both theArizonaand the national art scene. The Marshall Way Contemporary Arts District, located betweenIndian School Roadand Fifth Avenue, is an area filled with luxurious offerings. The district’s galleries specialize in contemporary art by both regional and national artists. You will also find new ideas in contemporary craft, Southwestern art and Asian antiquities. The Marshall Way Contemporary Arts District offers a wonderful package of charming streetscapes, shopping, dining and the arts, all in one place. Galleries are open every Thursday evening from 7 – 9 p.m. for strolling, and on the first Thursday night of each month, they collectively offer exhibition openings and artist receptions, refreshments, and live music up and down the street.
Scottsdale Artists League
P.O. Box 1071
Since 1961, our purpose has been to stimulate interest in the visual arts through educational workshops and scholarship awards. The public is invited to general meetings held the first Tuesday of every month.
Scottsdale Cultural Council
7380 E. Second Street
Scottsdale Cultural Council is a private, non-profit organization that defines its vision as “360° Arts – Create diverse arts experiences that engage the community.” The Cultural Council makes the arts an integral part of the Scottsdale experience by offering opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the highest quality in performing and visual arts, and by identifying emerging artistic talent and providing a place for its expression. The Cultural Council manages theScottsdaleCenterfor the Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Scottsdale Public Art Program, and provides leadership to explore new opportunities through its Cultural Management Services committee.
Scottsdale Gallery Association
P.O. Box 2810
An association of fine art galleries dedicated to the promotion of the visual arts and art education.
Sonoran Arts League
P.O. Box 1689
The Sonoran Arts League has many events and activities that promote the arts, arts education, and artists.
Our premier events are our annual “Empty Bowls” at el Pedregal the third week in October, and our annual “Hidden in the Hills Artists Studio Tour” and Sale held annually the weekends before and after Thanksgiving.
Full details on these and other activities are on our website, www.SonoranArtsLeague.org, including maps and contact names and numbers.
Celebration of Fine Art
On Scottsdale Road at Loop 101
in the big white tents
Join us for our 15th annual Celebration of Fine Art, a unique event where you can watch art develop. It’s like visiting 100 artists’ studios in less than a day. Over 100 juried artists set up working studios to create art in all styles and mediums. Art & Antiques magazine said, “This is one of the West’s premier art events.” Open 1/15/05 – 3/27/05, every day 10-6.
Scottsdale ArtWalk is perfect for a casual evening with friends and family or for those searching for that special piece. Many special exhibitions, demonstrations and entertainment are offered each Thursday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free admission.
Thunderbird Artists, Inc.
15648 N. Eagles Nest Drive
Since 1981, Thunderbird Artists has been producing world-class fine art festivals inArizonafrom November through March. Festivals include the highly acclaimed Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festivals in November, January and February, as well as the Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival and the Arizona Fine Art & Wine Festival, both in February. These award winning festivals feature spectacular artists from throughout the United States, displaying monumentally-sized bronzes, photography, pottery, paintings, batiks, hand crafted jewelry, clay, glass, wood and metal sculptures, plus much more! Festivals feature live entertainment, wine tasting, gourmet food and chocolates. “A Collector’sParadise.”
Scottsdale Art Schools
Scottsdale Artists’ School
3720 N. Marshall Way
Founded in 1983 by a group of artists and community leaders, Scottsdale Artists’ School is a non-profit school of traditional fine art offering workshops and courses in oil painting, drawing, watercolor, pastel and sculpture. The School attracts more than 2,500 students each year from all 50 states and many foreign countries. All workshops and programs are taught by professional artists of national and international acclaim, many of whom teach exclusively at the School. Operations and programs are funded by tuitions, as well as corporate and private donations.
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