The Scottsdale Arts District is an art lover’s paradise. With a host of contemporary art galleries situated primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, visitors will find an array of works created by international and local artists. Many galleries also participate in the weekly ArtWalk, giving people a chance to mingle with gallery owners, artists, and other art aficionados. Here is a look at some of the best art spaces in Scottsdale, Arizona.
An eclectic space with two locations in Scottsdale — one on Marshall Way and the other on Main Street — plus one in Tucson, Wilde Meyer Gallery is an exhibition space featuring a wide array of artists. Talent on the roster includes Amy Watts, who creates colourful almost surrealistic paintings, abstract landscape painter Judy Choate, and glass artist Tom Philabaum. From contemporary and western works to Asian antiques, this gallery is bursting with a host of paintings and sculptures giving art aficionados much to discover. Established in 1983, the gallery hosts several group exhibitions each year, including the current show American Impressions, which explores various well-known American images recreated with a modern twist.
Wilde Meyer Gallery, 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 945 2323
Wilde Meyer Gallery, 7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 947 1479
Founded in 2002 by Christi Bonner Manuelito and Clark David Olson, Bonner David Galleries features two galleries in one space. Wanting to create something different, one side of the gallery highlights traditional artworks whilst the other side displays contemporary art ensuring that art lovers with varying tastes will surely find something to pique their interest. With a passion for realistic, landscape, figurative, plus contemporary art, the owners have put together an impressive group of artists from around the world. Represented talent includes Michael Carson, who creates figurative paintings, Melissa Peck, whose paintings have a playful quality, and Ron Burns, who creates colorful portraits of dogs.
Bonner David Galleries, 7040 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 941 8500
With a strong passion for the arts, Jason Horejs and his wife, Carrie, opened Xanadu Gallery, a well-known eclectic art space on Main Street, in 2001. Displaying paintings, collages, sculptures, and drawings, the gallery represents emerging to established artists from around the world. Add that with the many styles of art featured at any given time and art lovers will always have a plethora of choices. Some of the remarkable artworks and artists showcased include mixed media collages, which often depict landscapes, by Lori Reed, colourful fibreglass and volcano rock sculptures by Ancizar Marin, and abstract paintings by Allan Rodewald.
Xanadu Gallery, 7039 E. Main St. #101, Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 368 9929
The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art, which features both fine art and fine crafts, is the direct result of the merger of The Marshall Gallery and The LeKAE Gallery. Showcased in this exhibition space is an impressive array of beautiful artworks by artists from around the globe who are in various stages of their careers. Boasting a collection of paintings, sculptures, and exquisite glass pieces, the gallery host several exhibitions each year plus a biennial glass invitational that attracts top-notch talent. Featured artists include western landscape painter Merrill Mahaffey, glass artist Paulus Tjiang, contemporary realist painter Laurie Lisonbee, and Impressionist painter Shelby Keefe to name but a few.
With locations in New Mexico and California, Gebert Contemporary on Main is the one and only location in Arizona. Founded in 2001, this gallery showcases a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video. While most of the artists they represent are mid-career and established, they also feature a smaller group of emerging artists. Talent displayed at the gallery includes ceramic artist Patricia Sannit, painter and sculptor John Randall Nelson, photographer Christopher Makos, and mixed media artist Fausto Fernandez to name but a few. The gallery also hosts several exhibitions each year, which may consist of a solo artist or group show.
Gebert Contemporary on Main, 7160 Main St., Scottsdale, AZ, USA, +1 480 429 0711
From colorful mixed-media works to hauntingly beautiful photographs, Tilt Gallery specializes in photographic works that utilize historical techniques and other alternative processes. Representing a host of emerging and established artists from around the world including local talent, the gallery holds several exhibitions each year showcasing one artist or group. Artists featured at the gallery include Mark Osterman, whose specialty is wet-plate collodion photography, Jenny Lynn, who employs the silver gelatin process, and Diana Bloomfield, who uses a variety of techniques.
Tilt Gallery, 7077 E, Main Street Ste, #14 Scottsdale, Az 85251, +1 602 716 5667