ArtWalk Out and About

Mastering the art of the casual walk

To misquote a Dionne Warwick song: Do you know the way to Marshall Way?

Well, if you don’t, and you enjoy viewing art amid irresistible ambience while strolling with drink in hand in friendly weather, then you might want to set your GPS to what has been called (by “Art Walk News” website) “The Mother of All Artwalks.” And, because it’s so popular, it could even be called “The Mother of All People-Watching” events in Scottsdale.

Actually, because it’s a 40-year-old tradition, the year-round event is called “America’s Original ArtWalk,” and art lovers have been strolling every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale. Galleries open their doors, and music from local performers fills the casual air along with smells of food from local restaurants along the way. The eclectic stew on the street reflects the mix inside the galleries, which can feature anything from Southwest landscapes to Russian Impressionism.

Local and tourist ArtWalk strollers may bump into a new show opening, an artist demonstration or an offer of a new food sampling. ArtWalk-ing can be part of a date night that includes dining at one of several restaurants or capping off the night at a downtown bar with a drink. A horse-drawn carriage ride awaits in case you want to go in style, and the Scottsdale Trolley operates in the area.

What Happens at ArtWalk Stays at ArtWalk

GET TO KNOW THEM: At receptions, openings and demonstrations, artists get to show off their work and discuss what went into creating them. Works range from Western traditional to cutting-edge contemporary.

TAKE A LOAD OFF: Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides await those too weary to stand or wanting to explore beautiful downtown Scottsdale. Some ArtWalk-ers even trolley bar-hop after taking in some art.

EAT AND STROLL: Art and strolling can give you an appetite. Luckily, food samples from local restaurants abound and some of the galleries provide drinks, cheeses, crackers and chocolates (for free).

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