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.
On Saturday, February 21st, Artlink Inc., in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Inc., hosted the Art d’Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom. This celebration of downtown Phoenix’s artists and creatives featured Mayor Greg Stanton giving his second annual “Celebrate Downtown” address. It served as a festive kick-off to Artlink’s Art Detour 27, March 7-8, 2015.
Below is a transcript and video of the Mayor’s address.
Celebrate Downtown Address, February 21, 2015
The excitement in this room – the energy tonight – is remarkable. I don’t think I’ve ever felt Crescent Ballroom so alive.
What I love about this event is that it’s such a reflection of our downtown community: a collaboration of people and organizations working together to create something amazing.
Catrina Kahler and Artlink … Dave Kreitor and Downtown Phoenix, Inc. … Charlie Levy and Crescent Ballroom … and Phoenix Theatre! How great was that performance?! … It takes a lot of great minds to bring this event to life, and I’m glad those minds are always working to make our community a better place.
This has become one of my favorite events of the year – and I’m so happy that we are together again to celebrate Downtown!
Last year we talked about downtown’s story: our humble beginnings, our biggest challenges, where we started and where we’ve been. Also about where we are headed: toward a shared vision for a vibrant, walkable, livable downtown where education, the arts and commerce thrive.
Setting a New Economic Course
We’re getting there by putting our economy on a new course so that we can compete with other regions across the country and around the world. I’ve made it my priority to build an innovation-based, export economy that lifts everyone up – and that starts right here in downtown.
Downtown is more than our urban core – it is the heart of our great city. The components necessary to build the economy we need are coming together right here.
We’re bringing more people to a central place with a robust transit system. We’re teaching students at ASU, U of A and NAU, and training the next generation of physicians and biomedical engineers. We’re carving out new space for entrepreneurs, tech startups and makers to create and innovate.
These things aren’t just attractive to millenials and urbanistas. They’re necessary for us to lead in today’s global economy.
A Vibrant Downtown
But a great public transportation system, more education options and flourishing small businesses? Those also happen to be the ingredients that are transforming downtown into the lively, urban community we all want.
Another ingredient? A City Council that understands smart policies and investments in infrastructure such as light rail pay long-term dividends. I want to thank my great partners on the council who understand that a stronger downtown means a stronger city.
I know the whole world saw how great things were for the successful Super Bowl, but all of us here know that hardly scratches the surface of the amazing things going on downtown.
Last year, we broke ground on more than 1 million square-feet of commercial space including two hotels and two higher education buildings;
With our Complete Streets policy, we’re changing the city’s reputation of planning predominately for cars;
We renovated space for aspiring artists at the new ASU Herberger Institute studios in the Warehouse District;
We launched Grid Bike Share throughout Central Phoenix – broadening options for getting around without a car;
We welcomed newcomers to our downtown dining directory – Bitter and Twisted, Mother Bunch Brewery, Grabba Green, Short Leash’s Rollover Donuts, and much more…
Because we created Downtown Phoenix, Inc two years ago, we were able to make new friends on the Urban Ale Trail, at Radiate Phoenix and Kalliope’s mobile dance party;
We set a new standard for music festivals with Viva Phoenix – and we’re counting down the days until 80 bands take over 20 downtown venues this March.
This is what happens when we have a community as motivated and energized as all of you in this room.
Downtown’s Tipping Point
But here’s what I’m excited about: this is just the beginning. We laid out our vision; we put in the work; and now, downtown has reached its tipping point. We’re about to see what momentum really looks like.
This year we’ll complete street improvements that will make Roosevelt Row more engaging and welcoming to pedestrians – and more shaded! – than ever before.
We’re activating sidewalks and street corners in new, fresh ways. Carly’s, Bitter and Twisted and La Piazza PHX are all extending to new sidewalk-patio seating. DeSoto Central Market in the historic DeSoto Building will transform Central and Roosevelt into a new destination for food, shops and social experiences.
We’re welcoming new forward-thinking tenants. The restoration of the Luhrs City Center attracted fast-growing startup Giftcard Zen to open offices in the historic tower. And soon they’ll be joined by as many as eight new startups through a partnership with Tallwave’s business incubator.
The city’s investments in the biomedical campus are paying off: The U of A and St. Joe’s Cancer Center will open this fall and begin delivering world-class health care. Some of the most advanced medical research is already happening right now in our own backyard – it’s amazing.
Our momentum is bringing new restaurants and commerce downtown, and it’s igniting an entire sector of innovation and discovery.
A Toast to Downtown
In honor of all our progress and all we have to look forward to – I’d like to propose a toast. Catrina and Dave, you should get back up here on stage.
Here’s to Downtown Phoenix. Where our First Fridays, our music festivals, our Meet Me Downtown events, and our pop-up parks get bigger and better every month.
To the artists … the students … the entrepreneurs … the bicyclists … the foodies … the business owners … the transit riders … the residents … the visionaries … who have shaped a culture and created a community unlike any other.
This isn’t the downtown Phoenix we’ve been waiting for – it’s the downtown we’ve been working for.
Fourth Annual Inspired Soles Show and Charity Benefit
Stilettos transformed into works of art by local artists, designers and celebrities
Back by popular demand– it’s the fourth annual “Inspired Soles” stiletto art show and auction benefiting Artlink. If you’re one of the local artists/designers/celebrities who participated in this show in the past, we hope you’ll do it again. If you’re new to this event, just know that every year we’ve staged it this show has drawn record crowds, widespread news coverage and diverse, excited patrons. This year, we’re happy to announce new partnerships with Neiman Marcus and the Luhrs Tower that will increase exposure for the event, and help us raise even more money for Artlink.
It’s easy and fun to participate! As in past years, we’ll provide the stilettos. You provide the inspiration!
WHAT: Inspired Soles features black stilettos transformed into works of art by more than 50 participating artists, designers, celebrities and other creative individuals. We love it because the shoes are incredible. Artists love participating because it draws a packed house, and offers incredible networking opportunities with patrons, and other artists.
WHO: The show is produced and promoted by BJC Public Relations, a women-owned public relations agency that also LOVES shoes. But the true force behind this show is the artists and designers who their volunteer time and talent to turning shoes into incredibly creative works of art.
WHEN: This year we’ll showcase the shoes at two events – a VIP “Sneak Preview/Silent Auction” fundraising event that will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2015, and then the shoes will remain on display for the public to enjoy on First Friday, April 3, 2015. We hope participating artists will consider attending both events. Neiman Marcus has generously offered to promote the show, and will be previewing some of the shoes during a three-day event that is taking place in-store the week prior to our event.
WHERE: The show has moved to a new location that offers more space and exposure. The VIP “Sneak Preview/Silent Auction” and First Friday events will be held at Luhrs Tower at 11 W. Jefferson in downtown Phoenix.
WHY: We want to draw more people downtown, and introduce them to you and our arts community. That is why a portion of the proceeds for this annual event support Artlink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and promote the thriving arts community in Central Phoenix. In the past three years, the show has generated more than $6,000 for Artlink. We hope this year’s event sets a new fundraising record.
GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
- Order your stiletto shoe by calling Taylor Wilson at 602-541-2224 or Taylor@bjc.com. If your design requires more than one stiletto, please let us know how many, and we’ll do our best to provide what you need.
- Your shoe will be delivered to you, or you can pick it up from our office.
- Design your stiletto. Enough said!
- Complete the “Art and Artist Information Form” (which is included in this document)
- Return your stiletto and the “Art and Artist Information Form” to: BJC Public Relations, 650 N. 6th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, (602) 277-9530, x232
- If you ship via FedEx – select the 3-day option – it’s cheaper and often arrives in a day
- Email or call BJC Public Relations with the TRACKING number of your shipment. Our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- EARLY BIRDS GET THE WORM. If you would like your stiletto art featured in our publicity efforts, we need to have your submission in our hands the week of March 6. So do yourself a favor, and create your work of art the minute you get inspiration. Want even more coverage? Send some pics of your “work of art” to be included in our social media outreach!
- ALL submissions are due NO LATER than Friday, March 20. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS, as we need time to stage the show especially now that it will be held off-site.
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Art d’Core Gala Celebrates Downtown Phoenix
Second Annual Event Features Mayor Stanton and Kicks Off Art Detour 27
The gala – hosted by nonprofit, Artlink – will highlight upcoming events in the spring arts season and kick off the 27th annual Art Detour, a two-day celebration of art in downtown.
“We’ve worked hard to create a downtown that’s vibrant, walkable and livable – a community where education, the arts and commerce thrive,” said Stanton. “Artlink has been on the forefront of activating this community in a way that enhances the urban experience and engages artists and entrepreneurs.”
“There are many events on the downtown Phoenix calendar, but the Gala is unique,” said David Krietor, Downtown Phoenix Inc. President and CEO. “The energy in that room is undeniable and a testament to how far downtown has come.”
In addition to serving as the formal kick-off of Art Detour 27 (March 7 – 8, 2015), the Art d’Core Gala will unveil three distinctive art pieces inspired by local neighborhoods along the Valley Metro Rail line.
Decorating the Crescent Ballroom will be three, 9’ banners created by Arizona artists representing the neighborhood character of the McDowell, Roosevelt and 12th Street station areas. The featured artists include Lucretia Torva (McDowell), Jeff Jones (Roosevelt) and Robert Jackson (12th Street). They worked with the local community to create these pieces, which will hang at light rail stations
“Visual and performing arts set the stage for this one annual party that celebrates our urban attitude,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Inc. Board President. “The event brings together a diverse gathering of artists, entrepreneurs, and the business community in a celebration of the downtown we love and support.”following the event. The effort was made possible through a Reinvent Phoenix grant and in participation with Valley Metro.
The program portion of the evening will be opened by a special performance by Phoenix Theatre. The stage design will feature a creative, virtual tour of downtown Phoenix through the lens of visual effects designer, Matt Castleberry. DJ Sean Watson will perform in the Ballroom following the program.
Attendees will also enjoy local food and drink specials created by Crescent Ballroom. The event is complimentary; RSVPs are required.
What: Art d’Core Gala
When: Saturday, February 21, 2015. Doors open at 6 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
RSVP: artlinkphoenix.com #artlinkgala
Attire: Creative, formal attire is encouraged
The Art d’Core Gala is hosted by City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Artlink Inc. and sponsored by APS, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Ernst & Young LLP, City of Phoenix Aviation Department and Support Sky Harbor, with additional support from The Arizona Republic, CityScape, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Crescent Ballroom and Phoenix Ale Brewery.
For more information or to RSVP, visit artlinkphoenix.com.
Image courtesy of Christopher “BOATS” Oshana.
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Artlink Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown Phoenix arts community. Artlink invites artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to our vibrant downtown culture to become Artlink Articipants. Articipants can take advantage of a variety of promotional opportunities throughout the year like First Friday, Art Detour and more.
As Artlink gears up for the Third Annual Art d’Core Gala (Feb 21, 2014) and the 27th Annual Art Detour (Mar 7-8, 2015), registration to become an Artlink Articipant is now open. Based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Restaurants/Bars/Retail), Articipants receive a wide range of year-round benefits designed to help promote their arts and culture endeavors (beginning February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016).
“The programs promoted by Artlink are tied to the activity of this arts community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “Artlink supports the effort of artists and businesses in the creative sector to produce diverse and accessible arts experiences for the public throughout the year.”
Art d’Core Gala: In partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Artlink and other community partners host an exceptional celebration that spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic urban core. The festivities include music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; a special address by Mayor Greg Stanton; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces.
Art Detour: Art Detour is the event that launched the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual event provides the public with an opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments, to invite questions about their work and their work processes, and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown Phoenix that are not generally open to the public.
First Fridays Trolley Tour: Over the past two decades, the First Fridays Art Walk has evolved into major monthly celebration that draws anywhere from 12-20,000 people every month. Artlink provides complimentary trolley service that enables the public to pick up a First Friday map, park and ride from four information hubs, and hop on/hop off at galleries all along the way. The trolley circulates throughout downtown connecting downtown arts venues and districts, from the Phoenix Art Museum, to the popular Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as CityScape, the Warehouse district, and the Arizona Center. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys and help guide new and returning visitors.
While Art Detour and the Art d’Core Gala remain signature events for Artlink, the organization’s programs have expanded to provide year-round promotional opportunities for downtown artists and arts spaces.
These opportunities include a Pop-Up Gallery program that features exhibitions of local artists in unique and nontraditional public spaces; guided Downtown Art Tours that shine a spotlight on artists and galleries; an annual Juried Exhibition; and a variety of calls for artists throughout the year.
In addition, restaurants, bars and other downtown retail spaces benefit from year-round promotion on the Artlink Art Detour maps, First Friday maps, and the Artlink website, as well as additional promotional opportunities that will be rolled out over the coming months.
The registration deadline is January 7, 205. Get full details on Articipant levels and benefits at http://artlinkphoenix.com/articipants/.