Scottsdale sunshine is awesome, but this is July in the desert, and there’s no time like the present to drink up some shade in the Scottsdale art galleries. Think of it as your chance to finally make a run at getting your spouse into art. Simply play 18 holes on the hottest day of the year and then conveniently strand yourself downtown. “Look honey, an art gallery – I bet they have air conditioning.” That’s right, you know what to do – and  he’s about to discover the joy of painting, Bob Ross or not. See? Scottsdale travel is easy when you think outside the box.

Arm Wrestling for Art. On Friday, July 13, you’ll have the opportunity to do something very, very strange. From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, guests will get brief arm-wrestling instructions from a pro (seriously) and a brief art talk from a curator – and then they’ll arm wrestle for the right to take some art home. What the heck is going on here? Tickets are $10 in advance.

“Radiance” Exhibition. Your two-year-old niece cannot do what Deborah Paswaters can, and it’s tough to argue with free, and that’s why you should stop by Radiance. Throughout the rest of July, Deborah’s work will be on display at the Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale. Admission is always free.

Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience. Most people have heard the name “Geronimo,” but how many know what it really means? At The Heard Museum in July, you’ll enjoy an in-depth exhibit about the man, his people and their incredible story. As far as Scottsdale art galleries go, this is a unique experience. Admission to The Heard Museum is $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors and $7.50 for students and children. It’s free for kids five and under and for American Indians.

Scottsdale art galleries offer a diverse selection of exhibits to take in, and July is no exception. Since Scottsdale is home to a thriving community of fantastic regional artists, there’s always something new to see. Come for the culture or just to get out of the sun, but whatever you do, remember that summertime Scottsdale travel is (partly) about taking things slow, exploring the periphery of your interests and walking through whatever doors may beckon.