Art-lovers get a global perspective in the Arts District as Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts the International ArtWalk, 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, throughout the Scottsdale Arts District.
ArtWalk will host a series of presentations of topics from a global perspective, according to a press release, inviting participants to come enjoy art in the galleries and the ArtWalk Line while listening to live street music throughout the venue.
Weekly ArtWalk hours are 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, with some exceptions. Look for “ArtWalk the Line” sidewalk decals, extending along Main Street west of Scottsdale Road and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue where a map of the ArtWalk can be found, according to the release. Displayed throughout the ArtWalk will be ornate authentic Asian lanterns from the city of Jinju, South Korea for the Jinju Namgang Yudeung (lantern) Festival, which is a World Heritage Festival.
Scottsdale ArtWalk is America’s original ArtWalk with Scottsdale as the first city in the US, 41 years ago, to start a weekly ArtWalk, an event that is now a cultural tradition in the city, the release said. At receptions, openings and demonstrations, some of the Southwest’s most outstanding artists along the ArtWalk showcase their work and discuss what went into creating them, the release stated. The newest addition to the line-up of talent includes Phoenix-based audio/visual projection artist, Justin Winters, offering a special presentation at Calvin Charles Gallery, 4201 North Marshall Way, about Antartica and Australia Culture through Art based on the work of two artists: Andrea Juan and Kalashri Asha Gopal.
Ms. Juan’s sculptural installations in Antarctica called, “Solar Storm,” looped with the work of Colin Jones’ exploration of how Australian Aboriginal art creates meaning, expressed in his artwork and illustrations, “Healthy Land, Healthy People,” created for the Queensland Rural Medical Education Reconciliation Action Plan, the release said, adding that the painting’s message about the importance of country and culture in healing, along with his multi-layered dot paintings tell the stories of his ancestral lands where the rain forest, rivers and land connects.
The work of Asha Gopal, will be featured at 7100 E. Main St. She works to preserve her Indian cultural heritage through performing and teaching the classical dance style of India. Her accomplishments are worldwide as she’s won multiple international awards. For more than 30 years, she has taught and performed throughout the Valley, in Tucson, and Las Vegas. She will speak on the Indian sari wrap, food, and culture, and demonstrate through dance, the release noted.
Some of the other special events planned for the International ArtWalk are:
Gallery Russia: Latvian-born painter, Larisa Aukon, conducting one of her popular in-gallery painting demonstrations, encouraging onlookers to ask her about life as a fine artist in the former Soviet Union, including her time at the prestigious National Academy of Art in Riga, Latvia. Bulgarian-born painter Martin Dimitrov will also be painting live in the gallery.
The gallery will host a unique exhibition of carefully selected works from its warehouse called, “Forty on the Floor under $1,000.” This exhibition combines the best of a fine art gallery, a working studio and an interactive warehouse, according to the release. Beyond the unusual exhibition of works on the floor, other paintings will be displayed from artists hailing from more than 10 countries, including the US, former Soviet Republics, China, Mongolia, Mexico and Scotland.
Legacy Gallery: Inviting ArtWalkers to travel the world from China to Slovakia, Italy and Great Britain with their international gallery artists.
T.H. Brennen Fine Art: Featuring works from Italian, French, Russian, Croatian, German, Austrian, Brazilian, Chinese, Peruvian and Danish artists.
Tilt Gallery: Celebrating opening of “Infinite Possibility, Art of Tomorrow” in which artworks from national and international artists will be exhibited.
The Signature Gallery: Manuel Avendano, originally from Mexico, exhibits his newest collection, “Mundo Viejo,” impressions inspired from his recent travels to Europe and abroad.
Art along the ArtWalk is accessible to the serious art collector and to the casual art appreciator. Go to scottsdalegalleries.com for more information.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.