Scottsdale ArtWalk Celebrates 40 Art-filled Years



 By Lynette Carrington

Every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. October through May, Old Town Scottsdale becomes an artful extravaganza with local, national and international artists showcased on the Scottsdale art stage.

Since 1975 Scottsdale Artwalk has been a cultural tradition. “ArtWalk the Line” is just west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. In addition to the mix of fine, eclectic, Western, whimsical, European and pop art are gallery owners and artists that are eager to share their artistic knowledge, insight and the inspiration.

 Veronica Graffius, President of Scottsdale Gallery and Scottsdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President and CEO Rachel Sacco spoke during the opening ceremony for the 40th Anniversary of Scottsdale ArtWalk.Kicking off the festivities for the 40th anniversary of ArtWalk was Scottsdale’s own Coronado High School marching band. Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate and discover the many art galleries that opened their doors, served light snacks and offered up samplings of wine to the many eager art aficionados and guests.

Opening remarks were offered by Veronica Graffius, President of Scottsdale Gallery and Scottsdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President and CEO Rachel Sacco also spoke at the beginning of anniversary celebration. An outline of the history of the ArtWalk was provided by Clark David Olson of Bonner David Galleries.

Bonner David Galleries was my first stop and the collection at the well-established gallery did not disappoint. Local artist Dyana Hesson is prominently featured at the gallery and her art boasts an exquisite use of the dance of light in her floral and desert succulent masterpieces. Other traditional and contemporary artists at Bonner David include Max Hammond, Liz Tran, Quinn Bove, Christi Manuelito and Harry Stinson, Robert LaDuke, Lane Timothy, Cary Ennis and John Harrell. ‘Blown Away’ by local artist Dyana Hesson is one of her many works at Bonner David Galleries.

Gallery Russia was a nice surprise and included exceptional Cezanne-esque works from Victoria Kalaichi, stunningly life-like street scenes from Natalya Makovetskaya and warmly distorted still life selections from Dmitri Podobedov. As a whole, the collection of artwork at Gallery Russia was absolutely exceptional. When thinking of art in Scottsdale, one might be hard-pressed to think of Russian art, but this is just one of many galleries that buck the trend of solely thinking of Scottsdale as having traditional Southwestern art.

Co-owner at Xanadu Gallery Jason Horejs presents art that runs the gamut of everything from whimsical to Western.Xanadu Gallery features a wide variety of artists that create in all kinds of media and styles. Originally open at the Shops at Gainey Village in 2001, owners Carrie and Jason Horejs moved to Main Street Plaza in 2006. Boasting an eclectic assortment of art from established artists and rising stars alike, Xanadu Gallery has something for art collectors that hail from various places across the globe. “We ship 80% of our sales out of state,” notes Jason Horejs. He believes that when people visit from other states they are looking for different kinds of art and not just necessarily typical Southwestern pieces that people often associate with Arizona.

Some of the other galleries we stopped in to visit included Gebert Contemporary, Calvin Charles Gallery, Altamira Fine Art, McGary Studios, The Legacy Gallery, Artist’ Alcove, Biltmore Galleries, Inc., Carsten’s Studio and Gallery and many more. If planning to attend Scottsdale ArtWalk, you may want to do it over the course of two weeks as there is so much art to see and appreciate.

Scottsdale ArtWalk includes free parking, live music, live artist demos, gallery receptions and carriage and trolley rides. For additional information on Scottsdale ArtWalk visit www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com.

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