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.
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.
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Third Annual Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival Set for Sun., March 22, 2015, 11am-3pm
Show-Inspired Event Delivers Eclectic Collection of Independents all in one place
While the Emmy Award-winning television hit, Eight’s, Check, Please! Arizona continues unabated, its culinary cousin, Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival continues on its own glorious path for a third straight year of pleasing fans of local, independent eateries, celebrated once again, Sun., March 22, 2015, 11am-3pm at CityScape in downtown Phoenix.
Check, Please! Arizona is one of the most popular locally produced programs on Eight, Arizona PBS. And Eight will again transform CityScape into a haven for food adventurists, a one-stop exploration of Arizona’s independent restaurant collective that ranges from every-day hamburger haunts to five-star gourmet establishments.
In its third year, the event is crowned with a gathering of Arizona’s James Beard Foundation award-winners, among them, Emmy Award-winning host of Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Robert McGrath, plus Christopher Gross, Chris Bianco, and Nobuo Fukuda.
In addition, as Arizona’s culinary scene continues to advance in global sophistication, the 2015 version of the event will also showcase overlays by Arizona’s chef talent, including a second panel of top Valley chefs, in addition to a lineup of cooking demonstrations by local chefs on two stages, provided by SubZero/Wolf, and a tour of favorite wines by Chef Christopher Gross, including tastings and tips for food pairings.
The festival will also be adding several new restaurants to the lineup this year from Check, Please! Arizona’s five seasons on-air, as well as featuring many returning favorites including:
- Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar
- The Wild Thaiger
- Haus Murphy’s
- Frasher’s Steakhouse & Lounge
- The Salt Cellar
- Flavors of Louisiana
- Rancho Pinot
- Cowboy Ciao
- Jewel of the Crown
- Cucina Tagliani
- San Tan Brewing Company
- Thee Pitts “Again”
- Hob Nob
- Phoenix City Grille
- Red, White and Brew
- Betty’s Nosh
- Avanti Restaurant
- MacAlpine’s Restaurant & Soda Fountain
- TEXAZ Grill
Tickets are available at www.azpbs.org/checkplease/festival. General admission in advance is $79; at the door tickets are $89. Tickets include food, wine and beer sampling as well as panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and guest lectures. NOTE: Last year, the event sold out.
The annual Art d’Core Gala is the official kickoff party for Art Detour 27, and it’s happening this Saturday evening at Crescent Ballroom. It’s a “don’t miss” event with art, music, food and drinks, along with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s annual address on the progress of downtown.
Art d’Core is all about artistry and imagination, so the dress code encourages “creative, formal attire.” If you’re wondering what to wear, just remember there is no better way to celebrate the downtown arts scene than with downtown fashion!
There are plenty of stylish spots around town to find the perfect ensemble, but here are just a few of our favorite places to get glammed up for a night of art, music, dancing and celebrating the downtown community.
This Uptown district shop is known for their exquisite selection of clothing, accessories, gifts and home goods with vintage flair and plenty of nods to local artists and crafters. Guys and gals can find stylish, but classic, pieces perfect for day or night.
What should I wear? We fell in love with everything from flirty A-line dresses and skirts in spring florals to little black dresses with just the right amount of sparkle, but we couldn’t get over this black and white polka dotted trench by Kling. It’s perfect for making a bold entrance!
The home of OUMA, designer Monique Sandoval’s handmade line of dreamy wedding gowns and special occasion dresses, along with other great pieces from local designers. Nestled in the Melrose District, this shop/studio emanates beauty and warmth at every turn.
What Should I Wear? Nearly every beautifully handcrafted piece in the shop had us swooning: flirty frocks made with tulle, sequin miniskirts, hand-dyed ombre dresses and more. But for this event, our pick is this black and white-striped form-fitting dress with a leather waistband. Not only is it gorgeous, but the bit of stretch in the fabric makes it perfect for dancing the night away.
This downtown boutique does “timeless meets modern” like nobody else. Their collection of everything from loungewear to party dresses and anything in between fits the vibe of downtown perfectly and keeps us locals looking good.
What Should I Wear? Bunky has a great collection of elegant, yet cozy pieces like their black maxi and kimono sleeve dresses or a little black peplum dress with leather detailing. We loved their reconstructed vintage dresses, too, but to bring home the creative and formal theme, we chose this handmade silver tube top and skirt set by designer KT Jean. Either one could be paired with a simple top or bottom, or pair them together for maximum flash.
A stellar choice for vintage apparel in Phoenix is Antique Sugar, currently located in Melrose, but soon heading south to Roosevelt. Whether you’re dressing for a decades party or for everyday, their well-curated collection of pristine vintage clothes and accessories has you covered.
What Should I Wear? When it comes to party attire, this shop has an endless selection. We could have spent all day combing through floor-length boho frocks, sequined disco minis and mod shift dresses. Any of these would be great for Art d’Core, but we couldn’t resist the fun, Betty Draper-vibes of this 1950’s champagne brocade party dress.
Featured image from Bunky Boutique.