By Lynette Carrington
The Scottsdale Arts District is one of the most exciting and vibrant attractions in Scottsdale. Combining outstanding galleries showcasing exceptionally talented artists from Scottsdale, Arizona and around the nation and globe, the Scottsdale Arts District continues to attract art fans, shoppers and those who appreciate the finer things in life. The president of the Scottsdale Gallery Association, Veronica Graffius is at the helm of one of the most interactive and engaged groups in the entire city.
The Scottsdale Gallery Association is 45 art galleries strong and also includes a handful of additional members such as stores and salons.
“We also work very hard to help support good causes,” notes Graffius during one of the weekly Thursday night ArtWalks. “Tonight, we are supporting breast cancer awareness through The Carey Foundation.” Many of the gallery owners and others donned pink tu-tus and gathered at the Main Street roundabout in Scottsdale to be photographed as they supported breast cancer awareness.
In addition to being the president of the Scottsdale Gallery Association, Veronica Graffius is also the managing partner of Calvin Charles Gallery at 4201 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale. The gallery originally opened across the street from its current location as Galerie L’Asietique and was showcasing Asian art and antiques. “Then, we moved to this property in 2002. Today, the Calvin Charles Gallery brings together an eclectic blend of international artists living and working in the USA and modern masters of Europe and Asia,” explains Graffius.
Indeed the clean, sleek lines and open feel of the gallery create an excellent space to showcase the many artists that are represented by Calvin Charles Gallery. “We do have artists who have stayed with us since the gallery opened such as Pascal, Jennyfer Stratman and Yayoi Joy Senda and some are transitioning faces. We have been taking on some more modern and color pieces,” she explains.
As with most galleries in the Scottsdale Arts District, Calvin Charles Gallery has buyers from around the world. “We truly attract a worldwide audience. I would say 75 or 80 percent of our clientele is from out of town,” states Graffius. “I think we need to educate our locals to come in and shop in the galleries locally. It’s very important. As the president of the Scottsdale Gallery Association that is part of my job.”
Graffius continues, “We have a wonderful neighbor in our backyard and that is Paradise Valley. We can foster that relationship with beautiful art. A lot of people do find us through our website and on social media, but most of our high end collectors are from out of town.”
Graffius assumed her position as president of the Scottsdale Gallery Association four years ago. “We have a very strong board and we’ve evolved. We always try to evolve our Thursday ArtWalks and make them bigger and better,” she explains of the Scottsdale Arts District weekly signature ArtWalk event.
The Scottsdale ArtWalk is an engaging and unique way to experience art in the historic Scottsdale Arts District. Every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. the public is invited to the free event that takes place along Main Street from Scottsdale Road, west to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. Restaurants, museums and free trolley and/or horse-drawn carriage rides are available during ArtWalk to transport people from numerous free parking areas throughout the Scottsdale Arts District and Downtown Scottsdale. If you will be walking the route, just look for the convenient “ArtWalk The Line” signs on the sidewalk. They will guide you on your artful journey of discovery.
The Scottsdale Gallery Association includes Altamira Fine Art, Amery Bohling Fine Art, Art One Gallery, J Klein Gallery, Bonner David Galleries, Calvin Charles Gallery, Carstens Fine Art, Esses Rare Objects D’Art, Expressions Gallery, Femmes Fatales & Fantasies, French Designer Jeweler, Gallery Russia, Legacy Gallery, Mainview Gallery, May Gallery, Nature Exposed Photography, On The Edge Gallery, Pejman Gallery, River Trading Post, T.H. Brennen, The Signature Gallery, Territorial Indian Arts & Antiques, Tilt Gallery, Touchstone Gallery, Trailside Galleries, Wilde Meyer Annex, Wilde Meyer Gallery and Xanadu Gallery, Western Spirit Scottsdale Museum of the West.Associates include Framer’s Workshop, Inc., J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, Malee’s on Main, Salon Tru, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Switch Studios, The Paper Place and Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours.
We encourage our website visitors to get out and experience the art and culture that the fine establishments in the Scottsdale Gallery Association have to offer.
For additional information about the Scottsdale ArtWalk and the many galleries in the Scottsdale Gallery Association visit www.scottsdalegalleries.com.