Royse Contemporary gallery owner Nicole Royse

Royse Contemporary gallery owner Nicole Royse is celebrating its two-year anniversary during ArtWalk.

In 1975, Scottsdale’s population was a mere 78,000, Scottsdale High School had yet to be demolished – and the first “America’s original ArtWalk” took place on the streets of downtown Scottsdale.

Much has changed since then, but one event remains - the Scottsdale ArtWalk, which celebrates its 45th anniversary on Oct. 10 in the ever-morphing and thriving Scottsdale Arts District.

The district runs along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.

The Scottsdale ArtWalk was created to recognize, advocate for and support the local art community – and to this day, it continues to do such.

“It has been our pleasure and privilege as an association to support and help build our local arts district here for the past 45 years,” said French Thompson, president of the Scottsdale Gallery Association.

“The Scottsdale arts community has grown and changed so much in that time and we are proud to be a part of its development.”

To kick off its 45th season, the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s will host a special Gold Palette ArtWalk event to honor its milestone year. 

The evening of Oct. 10, the 45th Anniversary Celebration, Gold Palette Artwork will include a slideshow featuring Scottsdale Arts District highlights over the past 45 years.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will issue a proclamation during a ceremony at Casa des Artistes Plaza. 

And, guests can take part in “meet the artist” demonstrations, as well as enjoy live music with an early ‘70s theme and refreshments as they visit the ArtWalk galleries.

“We are thrilled to once again present our local art community and art aficionados with additional opportunities to enjoy art in a variety of mediums through our themed Gold Palette ArtWalks,” Thompson said. “We are amazed by and humbled at how our ArtWalks have united the art community and given local artists a true home here in Scottsdale.”

One participating ArtWalk gallery is Royse Contemporary, which celebrates its two-year anniversary this year.

Royse Contemporary will present “Art, Music, Life, Repeat,” a solo exhibition of Fred Tieken’s latest mixed media and digital expressionistic works.

“Painting is like baring my soul to the world,” said Paradise Valley artist Tieken, who returned to creating art after battling medical issues last year.

“Tieken’s work highlights personal subjects and shares experiences with his viewer through irony and wit,” said curator and gallery owner Nicole Royse, adding:

 “His art offers wry social observations and smart symbolism, as well as a brief glimpse into his fascinating world, fueled by his passion for life, art and music.”

Royse Contemporary’s opening reception for the exhibition will feature an opportunity to meet both Tieken and Royse. 

Guests can also enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

“Art, Music, Life, Repeat” will be on view through Nov. 3.

Royse is just one of 10 galleries featuring contemporary works.

Take a look at our full breakdown of what each gallery offers at the Scottsdale ArtWalk this year.

Altamira Fine Art

What: Western contemporary

Where: 7038 E. Main St.


Amery Bohling Fine Art

What: Western landscape

Where: 7100 E. Main St.


Art One Gallery, Inc.

What: Students and local up-and-coming artists, across genres

Where: 4130 N. Marshall Way


Bischoff’s Gallery

What: Native American, western, and southwestern art, jewelry, artifacts

Where: 3925 N. Brown Ave.


Blink Gallery

What: Sterling silver jewelry, photography, abstract paintings, sculptural art

Where: 7077 E. Main St., #11 & #12


Bonner David Galleries

What: Contemporary & traditional artwork

Where: 7040 E. Main St. 


Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery

What: Skyscape and landscape paintings

Where: 7077 E. Main St., #5


DeRubeis Fine Arts of Metal

What: Metal art, bronze sculptures

Where: 7171 E. Main St.


Esses Rare Objects

What: 19th Century European and Asian antiques, objects d’ art, art deco sculptors, European fine art

Where: 7169 E. Main St.

Expressions Gallery

What: Contemporary and traditional works of American West

Where: 7077 E. Main St.


The Fine Art of Southwest Style

What: Southwest furniture, crafts, jewelry, and sculpture

Where: 7100 E. Main St., #B

French Designer Jeweler

What: Jewelry

Where: 7148 E. Main St.


Gebert Contemporary

What: Contemporary abstract painting and sculpture

Where: 7160 E. Main St.


J Klein Gallery

What: Contemporary paintings and bronze wildlife sculptures

Where: 7136 E. Main St.


King Galleries

What: Pueblo pottery and Native art

Where: 7077 E. Main St., #20


Legacy Gallery

What: Western art 

Where: 7178 E. Main St.


Mainview Gallery

What: Original paintings by Pino, Alan Wolton, Kent R. Wallis, and more

Where: 7120 E. Main St.


The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art

What: Contemporary painting, sculpture, glass, and furniture

Where: 7106 E. Main St.


On the Edge Gallery

What: Juried collective of 40 Arizona artists

Where: 7050 E. 5th Ave.


Paul Scott Gallery

What: International painters and sculptors, classical realism to modern contemporary

Where: 7103 E. Main St.


Pejman Gallery

What: Timeless and classical original oils and giclees

Where: 7130 E. Main St.


Quan’tum Art Inc.

What: John Gleason, Jacque L. Keller, and Suzanne Larson art

Where: 7077 E. Main St., #16


River Trading Post

What: Native American art

Where: 7033 E. Main St.


Scottsdale Art Auction

What: Western, wildlife, and sporting art

Where: 7176 E. Main St.


The Signature Gallery

What: Original paintings, acrylic and oil; bronze, wood, and glass sculptures

Where: 7177 E. Main St.


Sissoko Tribal Art Gallery

What: African art

Where: 7113 E. Main St. 


T.H. Brennan Fine Art

What: From traditional impressionism, post-impressionism, living academic realists to contemporary

Where: 7150 E. Main St.


Territorial Indian Arts & Antiques

What: Native arts and antiques

Where: 7100 E. Main St., #3


Tilt Gallery

What: Photography, mixed media, ceramics, and installation pieces

Where: 7077 E. Main St., #14


Wilde Meyer Gallery

What: Contemporary fine art

Where: 4142 N. Marshall Way


Xanadu Gallery

What: Wide variety of media and styles

Where: 7039 E. Main St., #101