February Gold Palette ArtWalks celebrate Scottsdale’s culture, history

“The Native American” by Karen Bezuidenhout, shown at Wilde Meyer Gallery. (Submitted photo)

The Scottsdale Gallery Association has announced two specially themed Gold Palette ArtWalks during the month of February.

The two events — Western Week ArtWalk held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 and Native Spirit ArtWalk held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. — pay homage to a distinct part of the city of Scottsdale’s history, its unique western roots and its strong Native American community.

Taking place throughout Old Town Scottsdale’s Arts District between Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School on Marshall Way to Fifth Avenue, the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s participating galleries host events such as sales, artist meet-and-greets and demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments during the ArtWalks.

“We are thrilled that our city’s artists community and group of art enthusiasts continue to grow and show interest in the multitude of art our Old Town District has to offer,” said Scottsdale Gallery Association President French Thompson in a prepared statement. “With each Gold Palette ArtWalk we aim to highlight a different and unique type of art and culture that is represented right here in Scottsdale.”

The monthly Gold Palette ArtWalk brings together the finest art in Scottsdale including 28 galleries and two museums — Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. During the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s weekly Gold Palette ArtWalk, presented in partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Arts District offers free trolley rides to various restaurants, museums, galleries and more throughout Old Town Scottsdale. Free parking areas abound and valet service is offered.

Feb. 7, Western Week ArtWalk details and shows

The Western Week ArtWalk serves as the official kickoff to the city of Scottsdale’s Western Week, including multiple events that recognize Scottsdale as “The West’s Most Western Town” such as the arrival of the Hashknife Pony Express, the Parada del Sol’s Trail’s End Festival, and the two-day family-friendly American Indian Festival.

The Western Week ArtWalk features live music from Desert Dixie band, line dancing instruction and demonstrations, and displays of traditional and modern Western artwork.

Participating galleries include:

  • On the Edge Gallery, 7050 E. 5th Ave.

On the Edge Gallery will be showcasing three artists that capture the Native Spirit through their artistic journey including Tim Gallegly (pastel and pencil), Gabriel Salcido (metal) and Karen Stecker (mixed media), as well as works of more than 40 local artists and refreshments.

  • River Trading Post, 7033 E. Main St.

River Trading Post hosts the Golden Fleece Trunk Show, debuting during the Western Week ArtWalk from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Feb. 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry presented by Martin Seiden of the Golden Fleece Trading Company.

  • Wilde Meyer Annex, 7100 E. Main St.

Opening on Feb. 1 and running through Feb. 28, Wilde Meyer’s “Western and Native Expressions” group show exhibit, features a reception on Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to coincide with ArtWalk.

  • Wilde Meyer Gallery, 4142 N. Marshall Way

The Gallery’s “Interpretations of the West” group show exhibit, features a reception on Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to coincide with ArtWalk. The exhibit debuts Feb. 1 and closes Feb. 28.

Feb. 28, Native Spirit ArtWalk details and shows

On Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Native Spirit ArtWalk celebrates the Native American spirit that is alive and well in the Southwest. Guests can enjoy native dancing and drumming while viewing works from tribal artists from around the state. This ArtWalk is a unique cultural experience that celebrates the traditional and modern Indian artwork available in the Scottsdale Arts District.

Participating galleries include:

  • Territorial Indian Arts Gallery, 7100 E. Main St., Ste. 3

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Territorial Indian Arts Gallery showcases its Collector Quality Native Arts and Jewelry Collection with a drawing for a significant piece of art from the collection. The gallery hosts native artists throughout the event and is offering bites and beverages for guests. Festivities run from noon to 9 p.m.

  • River Trading Post, 7033 E. Main St.

During the Native Spirit ArtWalk, River Trading Post features authentic fry bread tasting and native “big drum” performances. Zachariah Ben, a Navajo traditional medicine man and sandpainter, will be doing a traditional Navajo blessing at 6 p.m., followed by demonstrations of traditional sandpainting throughout the evening. The gallery’s Arts of Native America Show and Sale debuts on ArtWalk and continues on March 1 through March 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Wilde Meyer Annex, 7100 E. Main St.

Opening on Feb. 1 and running through Feb. 28, Wilde Meyer’s “Western and Native Expressions” group show exhibit, features a reception on Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to coincide with ArtWalk.

  • Wilde Meyer Gallery, 4142 N. Marshall Way

The Gallery’s “Interpretations of the West” group show exhibit, features a reception on Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to coincide with ArtWalk. The exhibit debuts Feb. 1 and closes Feb. 28 after ArtWalk.

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