Scottsdale is known to be the newer and more upscale part of the Valley and yet also has an “older” side, for it encompasses our beloved Old Town which showcases unique art galleries, art exhibits and ArtWalks. Don’t miss out on some of the most fascinating artistic events going on in town in these upcoming months:
5th Annual Best of Scottsdale ArtWalk
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7-9 p.m.
Come celebrate the finale to the Best of Scottsdale month hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale. There will be delicious food and drink and the event is absolutely free.
Located along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown between Fifth Avenue
Through May 24
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Seriously Funny showcases ten dynamic artists who show us how to laugh at some of life’s most challenging issues, from spirituality to cultural identity. This playful exhibition proves that contemporary art can be thought-provoking and fun at the same time. In honor of SMoCA’s 10th Anniversary these ten talented artists are a mix of the contemporary art world’s most celebrated figures and innovative new comers. Their pieces will include paintings, wall drawings, ceramics, videos, sculptures and installations.
Student Film Showcase
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Public Art
Scottsdale Public Art is teaming up with Arizona State University’s professor and renowned artist, Muriel Magenta, to showcase the work of some of the most promising local, national, and international student video artists. This year, ten short videos created by Magenta’s students will be shown, in addition to the featured presentation of A Micrometer from Here, by Israeli artist Amit Zakai. The event is free but seating is limited.
39th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival
March 20-22, 10 a.m.
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Consistently ranked among the top arts festivals in the country, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has been an Arizona tradition since 1971. The three-day event features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout North America who display their work for sale on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Visitors can enjoy continuous live music and entertainment from Arizona’s top bands and performers, the interactive Photoscopia kaleidoscope and a sneak preview of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project commissioned by the Scottsdale Public Art Program, fun activities for children and families at Imagine Nation, delicious foods and beverages including a wine and beer tasting garden, free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and free parking and shuttle service.