Featured photo: The Bruce Munro installation “BLOOMS” on the Scottsdale Waterfront. Photo by Deborah Ross. Although a few longtime Scottsdale galleries have moved or bitten the dust in the past couple of years, in many cases new galleries have taken their place, and the best of the established bunch are still going strong. Strolling along … Continue reading Plenty to delight the eye in Scottsdale’s art district
I was walking behind a tourist near Main Street in Scottsdale last night as she remarked, “Look at those pretty pink petals on the ground.” Hmmm, I couldn’t quite gather the same enthusiasm for bougainvillea detritus accumulating on the sidewalk after a windy day. My anecdote just goes to show that appreciation of nature, along … Continue reading Scottsdale art walk: Doing the happy/sad dance
Excuse the sensationalistic nature of my headline. It’s partially spurred by a January 22, 2014, story on azcentral.com reporting on Scottsdale’s efforts to bring more traffic to the Marshall Way art district. The story mentions the allotment of $150,000 to find ways to enliven the area and coax art lovers to cross Indian School Road … Continue reading Marshall Way: Dead or alive?
I have heard Mayme Kratz described as one of the hardiest souls to be working as an artist in the desert. There is an obvious reason for that accolade once you understand how the process of creating her gorgeous resin panels begins. Kratz’s first step is donning her sun hat and hiking shoes and traversing … Continue reading Finding the ethereal in Mayme Kratz’s work
It’s always a pleasure to become newly familiar with an Arizona artist, so I am glad I came across an exhibition of Ellen Wagener works this week at Gebert Contemporary in Scottsdale. Technically, Wagener creates landscapes, using pastel on paper in amazingly detailed work and delivering reverent views of Arizona agricultural fields, deserts, rivers and … Continue reading Wagener’s cloudscapes capture beauty of Arizona
In trying to come up with an analogy to artists who break form and create miniatures, I think of what it would mean to a writer: Condensing a major news story into a tweet of 140 characters? Completing a novel on an iPad mini? No doubt, it would be tough. The artists in the “Petite” … Continue reading Think small: ‘Petite’ at Calvin Charles
It’s just so pleasant to get back into art-strolling nights, and Old Town Scottsdale knows how to put on an art show. Last night, October 18, launched the 38th year of the city’s Thursday-evening art walk, which is hard for even an old-timer like me to believe. To celebrate, the gallery community kicked it up … Continue reading Old Town Scottsdale was a-glitter