Guide to the 2017-2018 Gold Palette ArtWalk Series
Writer Lara Piu
Photography Courtesy Scottsdale Gallery Association
Every Thursday evening, members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association throw their doors open for the Scottsdale Art District ArtWalk. Hosted by the association and the City of Scottsdale, it’s a chance to stroll in and out of downtown Scottsdale galleries and learn more about the artists featured in them.
For a deeper look into the local world of art, try a Gold Palette ArtWalk. This series of eight free, monthly art events are held by the association and the city from November through July. The events offer a closer look at video, Western, Native American, international, and other art themes through a variety of engaging experiences and live entertainment.
This year, the series kicks off with a return of its popular Demonstrate! event on November 16. This unique art experience allows patrons to watch as artists create their work. Designed to create a rich art learning experience, observers will see a variety of creative processes, be encouraged to ask questions and might even be asked to participate.
December 14 – Scottsdazzle
Scottsdale Gallery Association district galleries light the night up for the holidays with window lights and traditional Southwest luminaries. There will also be unique gifts, refreshments, entertainment, ice sculptures, strolling carolers and featured art exhibitions.
January 25 – Art in Motion: A Video Experience
A team of curated video artists will create a video trail of art projected onto buildings, in the streets, within galleries and on storefronts, inviting attendees to become immersed in these interactive video artworks.
February 8 – Western Spirit
Held during the City of Scottsdale’s Western Week, Western Spirit night will be a celebration of Scottsdale’s rich Western cultural heritage through an evening that features Western art, music and food.
March 1 – Native Spirit ArtWalk
The Native Spirit ArtWalk will host artists and celebrate the many themes of Native art, food and music. Coinciding with the Heard Museum’s annual Indian Market in Phoenix, tribes from around North American will converge in the Southwest to share their diverse cultures with each other, art collectors and Native American enthusiasts.
March 22 – Worth 1,000 Words
Enjoy landscape, still life, portraits, wildlife and other themes as you discover the wonderful art of Southwest photographers, along with art, culture and dining of the Southwest.
April 5 – A Taste of Scottsdale: Eat,
Drink & Art
Art, food and wine come together as galleries serve food from various Scottsdale Arts District restaurants, while wine tasting rooms along the walk serve selections from Arizona wineries.
July 12 – Summer Spectacular
A long-time Scottsdale Art District summer tradition, this special event is a celebration of international art, music, culture and food.