Scottsdale to honor American Indian art
3rd annual “Native Arts ArtWalk” planned for Thursday, February 28
Native American tradition will mesh with contemporary artistic flair in Scottsdale on Thursday, February 28 from 7 to 9 pm. That’s when the Scottsdale Arts District will pulse with its 3rd annual Native Arts ArtWalk, presented in part by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale.
Held just prior to each year’s prestigious weekend festival at the Heard Museum, the Native Arts ArtWalk is an intimate stroll among dozens of great galleries in Scottsdale, several of which feature indigenous artists’ work or scenes depicting southwestern Indian culture. Indeed, there has been a long association between the Scottsdale Arts District’s galleries and some of the most superb Indian art to come out of Arizona.
Among the famed private galleries showing original Indian art during the event will be Blue Rain Contemporary, Bonner David Gallery, Colores, Legacy Gallery, May Gallery, Mainview Gallery, River Trading Post, Trailside Gallery, Wilde Meyer Gallery and others. In addition to presenting several artist demonstrations, River Trading Post will be hosting Hopi drum group Clan Spirit as well as the acclaimed frybread of Ashley-Yellowman Frybread (a portion of proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Scottsdale Gallery Association’s YEA! – Young & Emerging Artists program).
Out on the streets, there will be some great music by the likes of Aaron White and Anthony Wakeman. White is the winner of one NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) and is a former GRAMMY nominee who records on prestigious Canyon Records. Also appearing will be South American native Cesar Cotacachi, playing the indigenous music of the Andes, as well as others. Artist demonstrations will be highlighted by Royce Manuel from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, who is storyteller for the tribe’s original “talking stick” and a historian who’s the keeper of many local artifacts.
The Scottsdale Arts District can be found just west of Scottsdale Road and Indian School Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. There are plenty of nearby free parking areas, and easy access to local hotels or famed Scottsdale eateries. ArtWalkers will have the advantage of hitching a ride on free Scottsdale Trolleys or aboard horse-drawn carriages between Main Street and Marshall Way.
For more information on all the FREE ArtWalk activities, call the Scottsdale Arts District hotline at 480-377-9366 or visit www.scottsdalegalleries.com.