The Scottsdale Gallery Association presents its last Gold Palette ArtWalk of the year from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9.
Held in conjunction with the city of Scottsdale’s month-long Scottsdazzle holiday extravaganza, the ArtWalk invites art lovers to enjoy the sights, sounds and merriment of the season while perusing through participating galleries within Scottsdale Arts District.
The holiday-themed Gold Palette ArtWalkStretching — along Main Street from Scottsdale Road west to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue — features live strolling carolers with classic holiday tunes, a visit from Santa Claus and opportunities for a gift to put “under the tree” for those art aficionados on the list, according to a press release.
“We love how Scottsdazzle brings the festive season to life all month long for our residents and visitors,” says French Thompson, the Scottsdale Gallery Association president/owner of French Designer Jeweler in the Scottsdale Arts District, in the release. “Hosting our holiday-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk in conjunction with this event allows us to really get into the spirit of the holidays — and we encourage all our guests to do the same!”
In addition to live musical performers, by traditional strolling carolers and Santa’s guest appearance, attendees can enjoy treats and sips offered by individual participating art galleries as they shop.
Participating galleries featuring artists’ receptions and their own holiday celebrations include:
Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale
7038 E. Main St.
The gallery presents a new exhibition for New Mexico Artist Alvin Gill Tapia from Monday, Dec. 6 to Saturday, Dec. 18. During the ArtWalk, the gallery is hosting a special artists’ reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Gill Tapia’s art is a reflection of his past, a descendant of generations of New Mexican ranchers and roots that trace back to Madrid, he believes sacred spaces envelope visitors in a sense of peaceful belonging; he captures this in his paintings of southwestern religious structures and architectural abstractions.
Bonner David Galleries
7040 E. Main St.
On the evening of the ArtWalk, Bonner David Galleries unveils Michael Carson’s Social Studies exhibit, which remain on display through Monday, Dec. 27. Through his exhibit, Carson showcases a rebirth of social gatherings in a post-COVID world. Depicting couples entering society again, dating, going to restaurants and attending live music events, Social Studies represents activities that were once second nature before the pandemic through his loose, impressionistic brushstrokes that capture expression and body language of figures reentering the world.
On the Edge Gallery
7077 E. Main St., Ste. 1
During the ArtWalk, On the Edge Gallery features artists Jonathan Harmon, Sheila Kollasch and Shelly Taylor who will meet guests and discuss their works. Harmon creates intricate spontaneous pieces using ink and metallic powders with layers of “unintended effects” which he follows and accentuates as part of the artistic process.
A native Arizonan, Kollasch has enjoyed a vibrant relationship with the desert since she was a child. Her pieces are reflections of that relationship, her childhood adventures and explorations. Taylor’s passion for unique jewelry design is in the pieces she creates, consisting of thousands of tiny beads, semi-precious gemstones, crystals, hand-blown glass and metal beads. Constructed with the ancient Japanese Kumihimo braiding technique, each piece can be worn.
The Signature Gallery
7177 E. Main St.
During the ArtWalk, The Signature Gallery features an opening reception with artist Randy O’Brien showcasing his newest volcanic rock vessel collection, “Ceramics on Fire.” The works displayed in this collection are created with 40 layers of a volcanic ash and metallic oxides mixture, then slowly fired to render a “crusty” appearance, a process that takes six weeks to complete. Each vessel possess a distinctly three-dimensional surface, with no two pieces exhibiting the same patterns.
Quantum Art, Inc.
7077 E. Main St., Ste. 16
Guests are invited to enjoy holiday refreshments during Quantum Art, Inc.’s “Very Merry” reception, which debuts in conjunction with the Scottsdazzle-themed ArtWalk. Featuring a celebration of great art and Scottsdazzle with “the original crazies” — John and Jacque show through Jan. 31, 2022.
Van Arsdale Arts
7077 E. Main St., Ste. 14
Guests are invited to enjoy a “LEGENDary Holiday” event with former NBA All Stars Tom and Dick Van Arsdale who will offer autographed tee-shirts with positive healing messages of sportsmanship and caring as well as their other original artworks that can make a great holiday gift.
Each Gold Palette ArtWalk takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and presents the “finest art in Old Town Scottsdale” in 28 galleries, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
From 7 to 9 p.m. during the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s weekly Thursday evening ArtWalks, presented with the city of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Arts District offers free trolley rides to various restaurants, museums, galleries and more throughout Old Town Scottsdale.
A nonprofit organization, the Scottsdale Gallery Association consists of gallery owners promoting fine art galleries in the Scottsdale Art District, which is home to more than 100 galleries dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world as well as local Arizona art.
The galleries offer a diverse array of works in a wide variety of mediums. SGA members strive to make art accessible to all, from the serious art collector to the casual art patron. Scottsdale’s ArtWalk events began in 1975 to give guests an opportunity to enjoy featured artists at the galleries, a vibrant cultural environment, entertainment and refreshments.
For more, visit scottsdalegalleries.com.
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