A Day in the District
As Scottsdale plunges back into winter, that golden stretch of the calendar year which strikes envy in cold-weather regions everywhere, few experiences prove as enticing as the city’s weekly cultural touchstone, the Scottsdale ArtWalk. Each Thursday, 7 to 9pm, downtown Scottsdale’s art galleries and museums offer extended hours, exclusive artist receptions, complimentary admission and more.
Wander up Marshall Way to browse one of the highest concentrations of contemporary art galleries in the Southwest, including the Calvin Charles Gallery for their rotating collections of award-winning paintings and sculpture by prominent international artists. On Main Street, absorb the bold and expressive collections of Altamira Fine Art Gallery for an opportunity to meet some of the big-name artists behind their work. Explore Main Street’s eastern edge at Trailside Galleries, considered one of Scottsdale’s top venues for the Western art since 1963.
Want to museum-hop? Check out the stunning new Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, a Smithsonian Affiliate, to experience the museum’s comprehensive collection of regional art. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art remains Arizona’s pre-eminent institution to modern art, hosting national headlining exhibitions throughout the year.
Don’t neglect the culinary arts with a visit to Virtù, the James Beard-nominated outpost of gregarious chef Gio Osso and his signature, well-traveled Mediterranean cooking. Or, reserve a table at just-opened Sel, already earning raves for chef Branden Levine’s high-minded seasonal fare. A proper nightcap is always a good decision at Citizen Public House, where guests savor well-crafted cocktails as they jostle for prime seating at the restaurant’s center bar. Wine enthusiasts can find
refuge at the new Carlson Creek Tasting Room, sampling some of the Arizona winery’s most popular varietals.
SMOCA photo is James Marshall (aka Dalak), “Radiate” (2014), latex paint on wall, SMOCA lounge, commissioned by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
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