One of Scottsdale’s Most Popular Attractions: ArtWalk in Old Town Scottsdale

Touted as the third largest art center in the United States with over 100 art galleries, Scottsdale is a major lure for serious art collectors, as well as those interested in just browsing the many galleries for fun and entertainment, which include both contemporary art and Southwestern art.

The Scottsdale Arts District http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com is located on Main Street and Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale. Each week, on Thursday evenings between 7 – 9pm (year-round, except Thanksgiving), galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association open their doors, for free, to the public and showcase paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, basketry, weavings, and much more.

For over 30 years, Scottsdale’s Art Walk has been a popular Arizona attraction and one of Scottsdale’s most popular tourist activities. Art Walkers stroll among tranquil fountains, shaded courtyards, eclectic restaurants, ice cream parlors, clothing boutiques, housewares shops, and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are also part of the fun on Thursday nights.

Several galleries host special exhibitions, an opportunity to meet artists face-to-face, and artist demonstrations, where visitors might see glass blowing, painting, jewelry making or ceramic pot throwing.

Jazz bands, country bands and acoustic trios add to the artsy ambiance.

Top galleries include:

Lisa Sette Gallery showcasing some of the area’s best contemporary artists

Trailside Galleries featuring Western artists, including members of Cowboy Artists of America

Art One Gallery displaying the artwork of students from local universities

Art Walk http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com is located between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard (along Main Street south of Indian School and along Marshall Way and 5th Avenue north of Indian School). Want a map? Go to: http://www.scottsdalecvb.com/arts-and-culture/art-walk/

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