On Nov. 8, Scottsdale kicks off a new four-day celebration of its standing as one of America’s top arts destinations. The inaugural Scottsdale Fall for the Arts is comprised of a series of individual events and spotlights the city’s vibrant cultural scene, which is brimming with an estimated 125 art galleries, world-class museums and performance spaces, and an award-winning public art program. It’s the first time that the Scottsdale arts community is partnering on such an event.
“Scottsdale Fall for the Arts will help draw attention to our diverse arts scene,” said Caroline Stoeckel, director of marketing for the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “When you visit Scottsdale, you can shop at our 100 plus galleries, attend an arts show, and catch a live performance – all on the same weekend.”
Scottsdale Fall for the Arts exhibits all of these attractions and more, including live auctions and artist demonstrations.
Following is the complete lineup:
West Select Sale
Date: Nov. 8-9
Location: Phoenix Art Museum
Information: A $175 ticket gets you access to a series of happenings, including a kick-off reception at Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, artist presentation by Dean Mitchell, and an auction where you can bid on Western bronze sculptures, oil paintings and stainless steel statues.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Downtown Scottsdale Arts District
Information: This artistic showdown hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association is free to the public and features original art in 50 galleries.
Main Street Quick Draw Auction
Date: Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Downtown Scottsdale Arts District
Information: Watch local, regional and national artists paint and sculpt live during this all-new free event in downtown Scottsdale, then bid on the one-of-a-kind artwork in the two-hour “Quick Draw” auction.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents Michael Feinstein
Date: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Information: Known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” award-winning entertainer Michael Feinstein performs classic Jazz Age songs by the Gershwins with tickets starting at $79.
Beaux Arts Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, Nov. 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Artists School
Information: Enjoy a fabulous and festive evening featuring a silent auction, live music, artist demonstrations, and libations and light fare for $125 with proceeds benefitting the Scottsdale Artists School.
Scottsdale Public Art and SRP present Canal Convergence
Date: Nov. 10-11
Location: Downtown Scottsdale/Scottsdale Waterfront
Information: Canal Convergence brings together performance art, temporary installations, and interactive pieces in a new community tradition telling the story of water and community in Scottsdale and its Sonoran Desert.
Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Information: The Scottsdale Arts District is home to a wide selection of world-class art galleries, many of which are opening new exhibits during Scottsdale Fall for the Arts. Browse collections ranging from Western and Native American art to modern and contemporary pieces. And, extend the creative festivities with a visit to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s (SMoCA) ongoing exhibits. SouthwestNet: Sherin Guirguis and Carrie Marill (Sept. 22-Jan. 6, 2013) draws inspiration from Arabic and Southwestern native cultures in a collection of vibrant sculptures. West of Center: Art and Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 (Sept. 29-Jan. 6, 2013) illuminates the work of the era’s diverse range of artists. Architecture + Art: Hector Zamora (Oct. 27-January 27, 2013) is a site-specific project in response to the environmental and architectural context of the Sonoran Desert, focusing on urbanism/suburbanism in the wake of the country’s housing collapse.
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