Scottsdale welcomes spring with arts festival

February 28, 2018 by  

Arts Scottsdale will be presenting its annual Scottsdale Arts Festival early in March. The three-day event will feature 170 artists from around the nation and Canada who have been selected by a jury of local arts professionals.

Artists will be selling their original creations in the genres of woodworking, textiles, printmaking, photography, jewelry, ceramic, glass sculpture, digital art, drawings, pastels, and painting. Guests will be invited to vote for their favorite artist for the People’s Choice Award which will be given out on the last day.

An online auction will take place during the festival. Proceeds from the auction will go to support the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Donated pieces for the auction will be on view at the Center.

The venue’s two stages will provide continuous live music. Music groups will be playing Japanese and native fusion, jazz, Americana, indie, blues, folk, and funk.

Kim Curry Evans (Scottsdale Public Art Director) and Wendy Raisanen (Curator of Exhibitions and Collections) will be guiding walking tours through Old Town Scottsdale.

Eli Richard will be holding screen printing workshops where guests can screen print T-shirts with their own designs, or with a special festival logo design they can customize themselves.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival will be from March 9 through 11. On Friday and Saturday, the event will open at 9:00 am and close at 6:00 pm, while Sunday’s hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.