Here’s a bit about what you need to know about Scottsdale ArtWalk. Scottsdale ArtWalk is the longest running free art viewing event of its kind in the entire United States. The Scottsdale Gallery Association started it in 1975 and celebrates throughout the downtown art district every Thursday except Thanksgiving. It runs from 7 to 9 PM except for special “Gold Palette ArtWalks” which run from 6:30 to 9 PM. The Scottsdale Gallery Association envisioned the ArtWalk as a way for local galleries to showcase art in a beautiful environment. Once you arrive, you are free to stroll at your leisure through the galleries along Main Street in beautiful western downtown. When parking, there are carriage rides, trolley rides, and golf carts available. Over 100 galleries call Scottsdale home, making Scottsdale (and the ArtWalk) a tourist destination for art collectors around the world. Check it out here!
About Scottsdale Gallery Association
In telling you what you need to know about Scottsdale ArtWalk, I would be remiss not to mention the Scottsdale Gallery Association. The gallery association is a nonprofit group of gallery owners in Scottsdale designed to promote the galleries, and maintain Scottsdale’s status as an “art mecca.” By maintaining the diverse array of visual work in many mediums, the association keeps Scottsdale at the top of the list for art connoisseurs searching for their next holy grail. One of the goals of the association is to make art accessible to everyone from the casual patron to the serious collector.
In addition to the ArtWalk, I’d like to circle back to the Gold Palette ArtWalks I mentioned earlier. The association wanted a way to elevate the experience on a semi-regular basis, so they made one. These special-themed ArtWalks feature themes such as Native Spirit, Western Week, and Scottsdazzle during the holidays. Not to mention Art + Chocolate, featuring confections from Cerreta Candy Company, one of the Valley’s favorite confectioneries.
To top off your ArtWalk, there’s a great selection of restaurants to choose from nearby. At FnB on Fifth Avenue, Charleen Badman, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest, is revered for her seasonal menu supporting Arizona farmers. FnB’s co-owner and winemaker Pavle Milic also contributes with his Arizona wine list. On Marshall Way, try Citizen Public House for its craft cocktails, like a Manhattan embellished with maple syrup and tobacco bitters, and the elevated menu by renowned chef Bernie Kantak. His Chopped Salad includes smoked salmon, dried corn, couscous, arugula, pumpkin seeds, and Asiago cheese. Try it out, you won’t be disappointed.
In conclusion, ArtWalk is one of the most culturally enriching experiences Scottsdale has to offer. If you’re looking for something to do that will broaden your horizons and develop your palette, ArtWalk is for you. If you’re an art collector just passing through town, ArtWalk is for you. Lastly, even if you’re not the most sophisticated person in the world, if you enjoy beautiful visuals and delectable food, ArtWalk is for you!