As you probably know by now, this weekend is the 27th annual Art Detour event. It’s a free, two-day arts celebration in downtown. Started back in the late 80′s by a group of artists who invited people into their working art studios, it has grown and evolved over the years and now includes individual artist studios, pop up art spaces, galleries, and arts-friendly shops, restaurants and bars. Everyone throws out the welcome map. Many spaces are easily accessible along a route that is serviced by Artlink’s free circulating trolleys, however, there are wonderful spaces that take just a tad extra effort to find and we’re here to help you navigate your own “Detour” off the beaten path and into the Warehouse District.
CityScape, 1 E. Washington St.
CityScape is our jumping off point for this adventure. This pedestrian complex covers two blocks bounded by 1st Ave. and 1st St. between Washington and Jefferson. A central hub for downtown Phoenix, you’ll find restaurants, shops, open air seating, as well as an Artlink Information Hub stop staffed by friendly, knowledgeable Downtown Ambassadors, where you can pick up a Detour map and get any questions answered. The Warehouse District is just a few blocks south of CityScape, so you can either walk, or grab a GRID bike from one of the several GRID stations in and around CityScape. If you are a GRID member, you can reserve a bike online.
It is in the Warehouse District that Art Detour first got started, and there are well established artists who still call it home. Additionally, ASU recently moved their ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts to the Warehouse District, bringing even more creative energy to this part of town.
First stop on your Warehouse Detour:
Once you’ve chosen whether to grab a bike or apply shoe leather for this adventure, head south on 1st Avenue or Central to Jackson Street (two blocks south of CityScape). Once you reach Jackson, head west to the IceHouse.
The IceHouse at 429 W. Jackson.
If you’ve never been to the IceHouse, you must go. Once active as a ice storage facility in the days before refrigeration, it houses various artist studios, along with exhibition and performance spaces. With its thick slabbed walls and concrete rooms, it is unlike any building you’ve ever been in and well worth the trip. Its large rooms, tall ceilings, and unique feel have made it a popular wedding destination.
After you’ve explored the nooks and crannies in the IceHouse, head back east to the Jackson Street Studios.
Jackson Street Studios, 15 E. Jackson, #206 – Linda Ingraham Mixed Media Photography
The Jackson Street Studios building has been home to many renowned Arizona artists, including Linda Ingraham, who has been in her second floor studio for more than twenty years. A critically acclaimed artist, her work includes evocative images of botanicals, figures and surreal landscapes, as well as art-inspired jewelry that Linda describes as “Bohemian Elegance.” Linda is warm and welcoming and her studio is full of beautiful finished work, as well as works in progress.
After you’ve explored Jackson Street Studios, hop on your bike for the next leg of your Warehouse Detour. If you’ve been walking up to this point, you may want to grab a bike from one of the nearby stations for this part of the adventure. Head south on 3rd Avenue to Grant Street and east to the Step Gallery/Grant St. Studios at the aforementioned ASU School of Art and Design.
Step Gallery/Grant St. Studios, 605 E. Grant
The Step Gallery serves as both an MFA thesis exhibition space and a proposal-driven, student run gallery. In the renovated warehouse building known to locals as the Levine Machine, this unique art space is worth exploring both inside and out.
Head back over to 3rd Street and cycle north back to CityScape, where you can hop a trolley to discover the rest of the Art Detour spaces. For the more intrepid urban explorer, use your Detour map to continue your bike adventure to Roosevelt Row to the north or over to the Grand Avenue arts district to the west.
Please note that both Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue will be hosting their own neighborhood festivities during Detour this year: Roosevelt Row will be hosting the PAINT PHX block party, with music and a beer garden, on 5th Street on Saturday, and the No Festival Required outdoor screening of Stop Making Sense, on the west wall of Monorchid. On Sunday, Grand Avenue will present Detour de Grand, again featuring “bikes, beer and bands” along with open artist studios and galleries.
Whether you choose to connect the dots for a great Detour adventure on Saturday, Sunday or both days, there will be plenty of outdoor art adventures to discover at this weekend’s Art Detour 27.
For 27 years, Artlink has worked with artists and galleries to present the annual two-day free celebration in downtown Phoenix known as Art Detour. Visitors from throughout Phoenix and the entire Valley will be welcomed into studios and spaces throughout downtown this weekend to see working artists in their natural habitat, buy their work, and enjoy the creative energy of our thriving arts community.
While much of the activity during Detour is concentrated in downtown and on Grand Ave., increasingly the borders of Detour are expanding, and interesting artists and spaces can be found beyond where the trolley route can currently cover. Never fear, however. Using a combination of Metro Light Rail (get a day pass!), bikes and shoe leather, these destinations are within easy reach, and we can help you “connect the dots” to get there. So, with pith helmets firmly snapped in place and our trusty map in hand, we offer a multi-modal guide for intrepid explorers to get the full Detour experience.
Using light rail stations and GRID bike hubs as our guideposts, here are some “beyond the trolley route” spaces you’ll want to incorporate into your weekend Art Detour adventure.
Located on the southwest corner of Camelback Road and Central Avenue, the light rail station is a great place to consider starting your “beyond the trolley” adventure. There is ample parking both at the station and in the Uptown Plaza parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection.
First Stop – Practical Art, 5070 N. Central
Less than a block north of the light rail station on the west side of Camelback you’ll find Practical Art, a hybrid store/art gallery featuring functional artwork by more than 100 Arizona artists, along with monthly exhibitions of fine art. For Art Detour they will be featuring an exhibition of paintings by Lee Berger called “Indispensable Dispensables – Lessons to Still Be Learned.” In addition, on Saturday they will host some of the instructors from the Bergamot Institute, who run their summer kids classes.
Take the Light Rail to the Indian School and Central station (1 mile south of Camelback).
This is a good location to grab a GRID Bike, as there are a handful of great artist studios and galleries within blocks of this station. The GRID Bike lot can be found at the entrance to Steele Indian School Park. If you have a GRID bike membership you can reserve your bike for pick up, but if you don’t, there is still a chance that there will be bikes available at this stop. This weekend, however, is chock o’block with activities and at Steele Indian School Park, the Arizona Hemophilia Association will be hosting their 31st Annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge on March 7 and 8 from 10:00 a.m. You might want to stop by for a salsa snack before starting your Art Detour adventure.
So, chow down on some salsa, then grab your bike and head east on the south side of Indian School Rd. to:
Collective Gallery @ The Artery, 623 E. Indian School
The Artery features work by many different artists, including pastels, paintings, photography, woodcuts, jewelry and more.
Studio 6 @ The Artery, 625 E. Indian School
Upstairs in The Artery are six studio spaces where artists welcome visitors to see works-in-progress.
After your visit to both spaces at The Artery, it’s time to head west on Indian School and south on Third Ave. to The Clarendon Hotel & Spa, 402 W. Clarendon.
The Clarendon Hotel & Spa lines its public spaces with the work of local artists and presents an annual art “happening” in May called ARTELPHX, featuring local visual and performing artists. For Detour, the Clarendon will be featuring large scale paintings by local artist Bill Dambrova in the lobby. And just off the lobby, you’ll find The Bolles Gallery, A Historical Reflection Space which commemorates Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic journalist who was murdered in the parking lot of the hotel back in 1976. So, stop by and catch up on a little of the dark side of Phoenix history. And, if you’ve worked up a thirst or an appetite, before you leave for the next location, you can get a drink and nibbles at Cafe Tranquilo.
After you’ve scoped out everything the Clarendon has to offer, hop back on your bikes and head south and west to Willo North Gallery.
MAP CORRECTION – There is a slight error on the Art Detour map that we need to address here. While it’s shown as an orange dot with a 32 on it, it is actually the dot for Willo North Gallery (#30) on Gallery list. It’s in the correct place, but the number is incorrect.
Willo North Gallery, 2811 N. 7th Avenue
This popular gallery is off the beaten track, but well worth the effort. It’s only a short bike ride from the Clarendon. For Art Detour the gallery will be featuring a solo exhibition of paintings by Fred Tieken called “For the Birds.”
The Hive, 2222 N. 16th Street
The Hive is an eclectic art space that is part shop, part studios, and part gallery and it is well worth the ride. The midcentury modern Hive is in the historic Coronado neighborhood and hosts unique shows throughout the year. During Art Detour they will be featuring work by local artists Thomas Breeze Marcus and Dwayne Insano.
For the TRULY adventurous – there is one more out of the way stop we have to mention: Gary Beal’s artist studio at 2030 N. 17th Avenue, North of McDowell and West of 15th Avenue. It’s a little off the beaten path and he didn’t make it onto the Detour map, but he will be open and if you are a fan of glass/sculpture, you won’t want to miss Gary’s work.
On the final leg of this part of your Art Detour adventure, you can ride back towards Central Avenue and head south to leave your GRID bike at one of the GRID lots along Central, near the Heard Museum or the Phoenix Art Museum. During Detour weekend, the Heard Museum will be hosting the 56th Annual Indian Fair & Market, a ticketed event and the Phoenix Art Museum will be hosting Devoured, a popular, sold-out local food event.
Burton Barr Public Library, 1221 N. Central Ave – Art Detour Park and Ride Trolley Hub
Just one block south of the Phoenix Art Museum, at the Burton Barr Public Library, you’ll find an Artlink Trolley hub, where you can jump on a free trolley and hit all of the great venues along the route. Trolleys will circulate throughout the downtown all day on both days. Waits at each stop are about 15 minutes between trolleys. There will be volunteers and maps to help guide you the rest of the way.
Enjoy Art Detour this weekend, both on the trolley and beyond. Discover how the arts can help “connect the dots” to your unique downtown adventure.
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Mayor Stanton, City Leaders Break Ground at Pivotal Phoenix Development
Mayor Greg Stanton and members of the Phoenix City Council joined the Sustainable Communities Collaborative on March 4 to break ground on a pioneering, mixed-use development project located on a vacant lot at the gateway into downtown and the Roosevelt neighborhood.
Metrowest Development is set to break ground on the “Union @ Roosevelt” – a mixed use residential and retail development — strategically placed on the light rail line, in what has become one of the more walkable and bikeable areas of downtown Phoenix. The development attributes a large part of its progress to a redevelopment loan provided by the Sustainable Communities Collaborative’s (SCC) $20 million Fund and the public and community support the Collaborative shepherded throughout every stage of the project over the last several years. The SCC is a Collaborative that consists of 35+ public, private, non-profit, and foundation partners. Its core mission is to work with all partners to implement equitable transit oriented development within the Valley’s 20-mile light rail corridor.
“The culture change in the Valley’s development and real estate industry toward more inclusive community development is making Arizona more globally competitive while supporting a more diverse economic foundation,” says SCC Co-Founder and Director Shannon Scutari. “The Collaborative catalyzes and influences this transformation by closely working with city officials, developers, community organizations and neighborhoods along the entire light rail line, to create interesting, inclusive, mixed- income communities. These communities attract and retain talented workers, meeting their housing, transportation and healthy community needs and responds to corporations looking to locate or expand within world-class cities which can offer unique and interesting experiences.”
Mayor Stanton, Councilman Michael Nowakowski and Councilwoman Kate Gallego spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony along with Metrowest Development partners, Matt Seaman and Doug Gannett. Both partners were on hand to highlight unique aspects of the project and innovative plans.
Renderings for Union @ Roosevelt courtesy of Metrowest Development, LLC.
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To celebrate the Andy Warhol: Portraits exhibition that opens at Phoenix Art Museum on March 4, the public is invited to the Exploding Plastic Inevitable with live interpretations inspired by Andy Warhol from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Museum.
- Light works
- Wooden Indian
- Four Chambers Press
- Liliana Gomez
- Yai Cecream
- Francisco Flores
- Jar of Buttons
- Tumble Tees
- Palabra | hair.art.collective
- Vintage fashions
Exhibitions on view:
- Andy Warhol: Portraits - $2 (only during the March 6 #phxff)
- Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and The Power of Observation - $8 for Adults, $5 for youth 6-17 after 6 p.m.
- PLATINUM: Contemporary Photography - free after 6 p.m.
- Mysteries from Europe: Works by Unidentified Artists - free after 6 p.m.
- All That Glitters is Not Gold: Platinum Photography from the Center for Creative Photography - free after 6 p.m.
- Fashioned In America - free after 6 p.m.
- Sacred Stories and Images of the Buddha: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll - free after 6 p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum is one of four Artlink Phoenix First Friday Trolley hubs. Park and enjoy the Museum then take the trolley tour and explore all the downtown Phoenix arts and culture destinations. The Museum is conveniently located by the Central and McDowell Valley Metro Lightrail station.
Enter to win a Museum Membership:
- Share the party on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtags #Warholphx + #EPI for a chance to win a free Museum Membership.
- One winner will be selected and notified by March 13.
- Ernst & Young LLP
If you go
When: Friday, March 6, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: Free general admission
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Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Announces Record Statistics for Downtown Phoenix and Verizon Super Bowl Central Festivities
Downtown Phoenix hosted more than one million visitors in the 12-block outdoor fan campus anchored by Verizon Super Bowl Central in the five days leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, it was announced today by the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. In addition, hotel occupancy in the Valley for Thursday, January 29 through Sunday, February 1 was 40% above the same time period last year, with occupancy peaking on Super Bowl Saturday at 96% and the highest RevPAR ever recorded for metro Phoenix’s hotels for a single day, according to the Smith Travel Research.
“We exceeded our expectations, with 1,015,000 visitors from around the world and the region turning out in downtown Phoenix to celebrate the spirit of Arizona and Super Bowl XLIX,” said Jay Parry, President and CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.
“The number of people in Phoenix for these events was unprecedented, and I believe we soon will see tangible economic results for the city, the region and the state,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said.
At Verizon Super Bowl Central, the center of the festivities, free fan entertainment of 34 national recording artists, local bands and community groups played at the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage, culminating with The Roots on Saturday, January 31. During the five-day period, 24,709 Pepsi products were purchased at Verizon Super Bowl Central. The Grand Canyon Experience Presented by NB | AZ averaged 250 climbers per hour on Super Bowl Sunday. Verizon kept visitors’ devices charged for free throughout the entire week via biometric scanning technology.
Over 13,000 fans visited Verizon Power House for a variety of football-themed activities utilizing the latest interactive technology. Visitors learned about NFL Mobile from the League’s best players and felt the intensity of the game through cutting-edge virtual reality technology that provided fans with a once-in-a-lifetime point-of-view experience. At the end of the experience, fans walked away with personalized content and a portable charger to stay charged throughout Verizon Super Bowl Central.
Verizon’s 3 week #WhosGonnaWin campaign culminated with a nightly social media driven projection mapping lightshow overlooking Verizon Super Bowl Central reflecting which team more fans thought would win Super Bowl XLIX.
Another notable success were the efforts made by the Host Committee, City of Phoenix and the NFL to divert the amount of trash going into local landfills through the Kick the Waste initiative. Verizon Super Bowl Central was the first reduced-waste event of this size associated with the Super Bowl and resulted in a 73% diversion rate from land-fill to recycling. A first in the city’s history, the initiative will serve as a benchmark for future high profile events.
“For Arizona, hosting Super Bowl XLIX was an overwhelming success. The members of our community, Valley stakeholders, corporate and tribal partners, and local businesses should be incredibly proud of how we rallied together to host this record breaking event and showcase all that Arizona has to offer on the global stage. Our state will be experiencing the positive impacts for years to come,” commented Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Board Chair David Rousseau.
Other statistics for Super Bowl activities that positively impacted Arizona include: More than $2 million was donated to 27 local non-profit organizations by the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Host Committee partners and the NFL. Approximately 400,000 children were impacted by community efforts around the Super Bowl. 170 trees were planted in public parks throughout the region. 33,000 new and gently used sports equipment items and books were collected through Super Kids-Super Sharing event. 23,782 pounds of electronics were collected at an E-Waste Recycling Rally presented by Verizon.
Images courtesy of the Arizona Super Bowl.