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
What: Native American, western, and southwestern art, jewelry, artifacts
Where: 3925 N. Brown Ave.
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.
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
Where: 7148 E. Main St.
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.
What: Pueblo pottery and Native art
Where: 7077 E. Main St., #20
What: Western art
Where: 7178 E. Main St.
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.
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
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
What: Wide variety of media and styles
Where: 7039 E. Main St., #101