Scottsdale galleries host 2nd annual ‘Spring Into the Arts’ Artwalk April 2

Works by Mitch Fry will be on display at Bonner David Gallery, 7040 Main St.

Works by Mitch Fry will be on display at Bonner David Gallery, 7040 Main St.

The Scottsdale Gallery Association in partnership with the City of Scottsdale will hold its second annual “Spring Into the Arts” ArtWalk 7-9 p.m. April 2.

The event includes music, food and more on the streets along the Artwalk the Line.

ArtWalk is located throughout the Scottsdale Arts District extending along Main Street west of Scottsdale Road and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.

Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown.

“America’s Original ArtWalk,” the weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) between 7 and 9 pm. That’s when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists.

A 30-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple — proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more.

Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.

The Scottsdale Gallery Association was formed by professional art dealers to promote fine art galleries and their weekly ArtWalks.

Internationally known as a mecca for art collectors Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries.

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Current exhibits and shows include:

  • Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale, 7038 E. Main St., presents a Group Landscape Exhibition through April 11. An artist reception takes place 7-9 p.m. April 9.
  • Blue Rain Gallery, 7137 E. Main St., presents “New Works by Roseta Santiago and Hyrum Joe.” The exhibit runs April 2-18. And artist reception takes place 7-9 p.m. April 2.
  • Bonner David Gallery, 7040 Main St., presents “Taking Shape,” by Mitch Fry. A reception will be held 7-9 p.m. April 2. The exhibit continues through April 6.

Mitch Fry combines his thoughtful pursuit of design with art and explores the role of the sphere.

Keenly aware of the importance of “green art” he took the notion of using materials that were frequently discarded, such as old pallets and using that material in his carefully designed, large-scale spheres-taking castoffs and creating perfection.

“Is It Real?” by Jane Jones and John Schieffer, is also on exhibit through April 6.

A group show, “Women Artists: Anonymous No More,” will run April 9-21. An artist reception will be held 7-9 p.m. April 9.

Artists featured include Claudia Hartley, Cary Ennis, Victoria Herrera, Dyanna Hesson, Christi Manuelito, Melissa Peck, Carol Redmond, Paula Rubino, Ellen Skidmore, Liz Tran, Kathrine Lemke Waste and Holly Wilson.

As a preview for hosting the American Women Artists annual juried competition and show in November 2015, Bonner David Galleries is showcasing the work of many of their talented female artists.

  • Calvin Charles Gallery, 4201 N. Marshall Way, hosts “PIVOT: One-Man Show,” by Pascal, 6-9 p.m. April 2.
  • Gallery Russia, 7103 E. Main St., presents “Modern Travels,” by Artem Tolstukhn, April 2-9.

One of the leading young painters in Ukraine today, Artem will be displaying 10 new works from his recent travels throughout Europe.

  • May Gallery, 7190 E. Main St., features artists Scott Wallis and Susanne Nyberg.

Scott Wallis’s paintings can be described as colorful, intense, vibrant and even aggressive. His impressionistic style makes you feel like you’ve been or want to be in each scene. He creates a vision of harmony with such elements as color, texture, light, surface interest, and balance, resulting in exciting works of art.

Susanne Nyberg is a “Plein Air” painter, derived from the French term “open air.” This style of painting requires the artist to work with extreme rapidity to capture the light and mood of the scene before it changes and vanishes forever. She accomplishes this using oils and palette knives.

  • Mainview Gallery, 7120 E. Main St., will present works by Dusty Kinman, April 9.

Never using a brush, Kinman works strictly with painting knives. Unlike most knife artists who have an “impasto” style, using a heavy build up of paint, Kinman endeavors to create as much detail as possible using the least amount of paint.

  • The Legacy Gallery, 7178 E. Main St., hosts a Scottsdale art auction April 11.

Now in its 11th year, Scottsdale Art Auction will host its 2015 auction  with two sessions. Over 300 lots of the finest in Western, wildlife and sporting paintings and sculptures will be on offer in our state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.

  • On The Edge, 7050 E. 5th Ave.: Connect with the gallery’s featured artists while enjoying gourmet “springtime” duck egg edibles made especially for you by Quacker’s Cakes.

Julie Carpenter Boardman. Julie’s pet duck, Indigo, generously supplied the eggs for the gourmet duck egg cupcakes.

* Saskatchewan Galleries, 7044 E. Main St., hosts a show and art sale through April 4. The show will feature more than 120 pieces of fine art, craft and jewelry of 43 prominent and emerging Saskatchewan artists.

* Scottsdale Fine Art, 7116 E. Main St., offers a group spring show 7-9 p.m. April 2.

Featuring new works, the show is the springtime version of the gallery’s Holiday Show held during the month of December.

* The Signature Gallery, 7177 E. Main St., presents “The Garden Party” show by Cara Moran. A reception will be 7-9 p.m. April 9. The show continues through April 30.

* Sunmor Fine Art Galleries – 7135 E. Main St., will feature works by Scott Jacobs, 7-9 p.m. April 2.

Widely celebrated artist Scott Jacobs has arrived into the mainstream of American fine art culture from his roots as Harley-Davidson’s first officially licensed motorcycle artist.

* Tilt Gallery, 7077 E. Main St., opens “Everything is Fine Here,” by Casebeer, on April 2. The show continues through April 30.

Casebeer is an artist and a writer whose work explores meaningful coincidence. Her mixed-media paintings are composed through a process that begins with a few words, book scraps, color, brush strokes and drips, and then builds through layers of paint, found collage pieces and overheard sentences until eventually they reveal an order and a narrative, and a curious, synchronic relationship to one another.

* Trailside Galleries, 7330 Scottsdale Mall, presents “East Meets West” through April 12. An open house is 6-8 p.m. April 9.

The show will feature a variety of new works by leading Chinese painters Mian Situ, Calvin Liang, Jie Wei Zhou, Huihan Liu and James Jiang.

* Wilde Meyer Annex, 7100 Main St., presents an opening reception for “Desert Spring, 7-9 p.m. April 2.

Colorful landscapes, bold abstracts, and eclectic imagery by regional artists will be highlighted.

* Wilde Meyer Gallery, 4142 N. Marshall Way, opens “Wilde Meyer Classic,” 7-9 p.m. April 2. The show continues through May 2.

Wilde Meyer Gallery will be hosting a reception and show for three of its most notable artists: Sherri Belassen, Jamie Ellsworth, and Ryan Hale.

Wilde Meyer Gallery will host a reception and show for three of its most notable artists, including Ryan Hale. Hale's "Earth and Sky" will be included in the exhibit.

Wilde Meyer Gallery will host a reception and show for three of its most notable artists, including Ryan Hale. Hale’s “Earth and Sky” will be included in the exhibit.

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