Join The Annual Scottsdale ArtWalks In Scottsdale's Downtown Art District, And Find Creative Arts By Famed Southwest Artist

    When seeking a travel destination for the perfect vacation we decided to head to Scottsdale, Arizona. We never realized this trip would be a such a nurturing retreat, filled with arts, and festivals. We found all this and more in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    It is well known that prominent architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri have embraced the Southwest. The serenity and solitude of the Sonoran Desert have drawn artist to this area since the turn of the last century. Travel through Scottsdale and you'll discover the works of artists who have capture the essence of the region. It's also a amazing place to shop with many unique shops with southwest style apprael as well as plenty of artistic creations to buy.

    The heart of the art action is Scottsdale's Downtown Art and Shopping Districts. Comprised of Main Street, Marshall Way, Old Town and Fifth Avenue, each area is unique and possesses its own personality, offering distinctive galleries and studios complemented by restaurants and shops. Here, everything from unrivalled collections of Western and Native American art to contemporary collectibles can be enjoyed.

    For those seeking the very best in world-class art, Marshall Way is the place offering an exceptional collection of galleries and shops specializing in contemporary art and jewelry. Main Street is the core of Scottsdale's famed art district, where more than 50 galleries and studios showcase something for everyone, from museum-quality Remington bronzes to cutting-edge art and sculpture. Fifth Avenue’s shopping district boasts more than 80 upscale shops, restaurants and salons. And quirky, eclectic Old Town, where it all began more than 100 years ago, is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind collectibles and gifts.

    The Scottsdale Gallery Association has drawn together area artists for a weekly event called ArtWalk, that highlights the exceptional talent of local artisans. The weekly event is the country's longest-running art walk, and takes place every Thursday evening. Whether you're casual art collector or aficionado of great work, the ArtWalk is the perfect opportunity to explore the more than 100 galleries found in the Scottsdale Arts Districts in an entirely novel way. During the ArtWalk, visitors are invited back at 7:00 p.m., when galleries reopen and cooler temperatures and starlit evenings set a picture-perfect backdrop for strolling. For the next two hours, pedestrians are encouraged to chat with owners and artists, perhaps catching a live demonstration on brush technique while enjoying a glass of wine.

    Quarterly themed ArtWalks match important works from various genres with special extras, such as live bands and regional food sampling. Some of the Scottsdale area's biggest events are incorporated into these anticipated themed ArtWalks, including the Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk (January), the Bon Appetit ArtWalk, the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk (July) and the Western ArtWalk (October).

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    To learn more about Scottsdale's Downtown Art District, and join the Annual Scottsdale ArtWalks, plus explore attractions, festivals, and more to experience visit the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau online at http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/.