5 Reasons Why Scottsdale is the Perfect Destination for Art Lovers

Knight Rise at SMoCA

Scottsdale is greatest identified for its mountain climbing trails, golf programs and upscale spa resorts, however due to a tight-knit artistic group, the desert metropolis in japanese Maricopa County has been an under-the-radar arts hub for many years.

Inspired by the Sonoran Desert panorama, architect Frank Lloyd Wright constructed his winter dwelling Taliesin West there in 1937, whereas artists would head to Scottsdale for the season after summering in Santa Fe through the sixties and seventies. With its painter, potter, and printmaker collective the Cattle Track Arts Compound has lengthy been a hub for artistic souls, whereas the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Wonderspaces draw a youthful crowd.

But Scottsdale’s artistic scene doesn’t cease at its stellar public art program or historic Arts District. It extends to one among its prime motels, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, which partnered with Cattle Track on artwork route and supplies visitor experiences like meet-the-artist occasions, excursions and workshops. Here, 5 must-sees for artwork lovers headed to Scottsdale.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

A refreshing prickly pear cocktail or mocktail is offered to visitors throughout check-in on the Andaz Scottsdale, whose oh-so tastefully adorned single-story essential constructing unfolds from an open-plan foyer into the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Beyond, the glowing Turquoise Pool is flanked by cabanas and loads of solar loungers. Sitting within the shadow of Camelback Mountain on 23 very secluded feeling acres in Arizona’s Paradise Valley, the resort contains a group of low-slung modernist buildings. Its 201 bungalows, suites and villas are dotted amongst fantastically desert landscaped grounds, the place you’ll additionally discover the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary, together with a second personal pool space known as The Retreat.

It’s family-friendly, with pets additionally welcome, however regardless of the resort’s proximity to the principle thoroughfare North Scottsdale Road, it feels whisper quiet too. Often adorned with unique paintings and assertion items, today, lodge lobbies are well-known for his or her wow-factor design credentials however at Andaz Scottsdale inventive touches additionally prolong to visitor rooms. Each one is outfitted with handmade furnishings, together with Eero Saarinen-designed Womb Chairs, hanging fiber artwork, and framed prints by artists from the close by Cattle Track Arts Compound with lots of the gadgets, together with stoneware mugs by pottery artist Mary VanDusen, accessible to buy from somewhat store within the foyer. During a keep, it’s price hopping within the Tesla home automobile for a complimentary drop-off on the close by advanced for a tour of the artist’s studios.

Cattle Track Arts Compound
Cattle Track artists Mark McDowell (T) and Timothy Chapman (B)

A gathering place for artistic souls because the Nineteen Thirties, Cattle Track remains to be thought of one among Scottsdale’s most under-the-radar artwork areas. Its assortment of adobe buildings is dwelling to a number of resident artists, together with grasp printer Brent Bond, painter Timothy Chapman, ceramicist Mary van Dusen, and fiber artist Chance Phillips. Everyone is blissful to speak with guests as they cross by way of their working studios, however maybe essentially the most incredible and fascinating of all of them is Mark McDowell, a long-time native and artist in residence because the Nineteen Seventies.

McDowell and Bond have been instrumental in coordinating a artistic partnership with Andaz, advising on paintings route and serving to to outfit the guestrooms and bungalows earlier than the lodge’s 2017 opening. Keen-eyed vacationers ought to search for their names etched onto a few barstools inside Weft & Warp the place their group, The Dusty Ramblers, jam one night time per week. In addition to the working studios at Cattle Track, there’s a small gallery and theater the place occasional talks by visiting audio system are held. However, floor broke this yr on a brand new café and restaurant, second gallery and a handful of extra studios, which is able to open subsequent summer season. 

Taliesin West
Taliesin West by Jenna McKone for Experience Scottsdale

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was so impressed by the great thing about the Sonoran Desert panorama that he constructed his winter dwelling and laboratory Taliesin West right here within the late Nineteen Thirties. Today, it’s doable to peek inside his working drafting studio, front room (full with furnishings and collections of Native American and Asian artwork items), and theater as a part of a self-guided audio tour of the constructing. A guided 90-minute tour can also be accessible and affords a deeper dive into the historical past behind this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the architect’s design philosophies, and all issues Lloyd Wright. Tucked within the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the collection of walkways, swimming pools and gardens – now accentuated with Dale Chihuly‘s large-scale glass installations – are inspiring areas in and of themselves. Little surprise a few of Wright’s most notable tasks have been conceived there, together with the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

SMoCA & Wonderspaces
Knight Rise at SMoCA

Showcasing a few of the greatest examples of latest artwork, structure, and design, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) opened in 1999, its minimalist retro-fit constructing a former movie show. Admissions are timed, so there’s loads of house to soak in particulars from the three exhibitions by Brad Kahlhamer, Teresa Baker, and Beverly McIver presently on show, plus a brand new light-based set up by artist Phillip K. Smith that opens on October 29. Also to not be missed? Knight Rise by James Turrell whose eagerly awaited celestial observatory, the Roden Crater, constructed inside an extinct volcano in northern Arizona, is slated to open in 2024. For now, guests are invited to “observe the sky” by way of his elliptical aperture within the museum’s outside Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Courtyard.
Light Leaks at Wonderspaces

With made-for-Instagram moments nonetheless very a lot the craze, immersive and interactive artwork expertise Wonderspaces went from pop-up to everlasting in Scottsdale Fashion Square mall on the finish of 2019. Eschewing the texture of a standard artwork establishment and showcasing cutting-edge work by artists from all over the world, its revolving lineup of 14 installations affords distinctive views and insights on totally different themes. Highlights embrace Light Leaks by Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan and Thank You Bags by Reed van Brunschot, plus new items The Border, a whimsical and graphical forest by Carolin Wanitzek, and Parastella created utilizing Hubble pictures synced to digital music by Christopher Schardt.

Getting Away to the Sonoran Desert 
Sonoran Desert sundown within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a couple of 20-minute drive from downtown Scottsdale. Weather-wise, essentially the most stunning time to go to is January by way of April and once more from September by way of December. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows run a number of particular charges and packages all year long together with Sonoran Summer and Desert Date Night.

Photos courtesy of Experience Scottsdale, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, and Kyle McDonald/Flickr



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