When you think of Old Town Scottsdale, you think of bars and restaurants that cater to the wilder side in life; but there’s also a substantial art scene as well. This is evident in the place known as “Scottsdale Art Walk”, found off of Main Street and Marshall Way.
The event expands the definition of art and features more than just paintings; sculptures made of metal, wood and clay are all on display as well. Artists are also at these galleries to talk about their work and the process of making it.
Art from many different cultures is here; you can look at the turquoise-heavy art of Native Americans to the gentle oil paintings of Russians to everything in-between. Being able to see all of this for free is a definite benefit as well.
There’s more than just static art here, in fact musicians were on hand at several moments. Gentle harp chords could be heard soothing people there as they checked out some of the art featured in outdoor hallways, and the band 76th Street brought their brand of folk rock to the streets in front of a supportive crowd. The music there helped lighten up what could’ve been one long art show.
This intersection of art and music has made downtown Scottsdale a surprisingly happening place; a report from AZCentral calls the Scottsdale Art Walk one of the top 10 cultural strolls in the nation. For those interesting in experiencing a top art area, the event is held every Thursday from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.