Fall for the Arts in Scottsdale

On Nov. 8, 2014, Scottsdale kicks off the 3rd Annual Scottsdale Fall for the Arts.  This year, the event grows from four days to a week-long celebration, highlighting Scottsdale as one of America’s top arts destinations.  Scottsdale Fall for the Arts features 12 individual events and spotlights the city’s vibrant cultural scene, which is brimming with an estimated 100 art galleries, world-class museums and performance spaces, and an award-winning public art program.

Scottsdale Fall for the Arts exhibits all of these attractions and more, including live auctions and artist demonstrations.  Following is the complete lineup:

Meet the Artist Party

Date: Nov. 7 from 7-9 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Civic Center Park
Cost: Free
Phone: 480-874-4666

Mix and mingle with artist James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek) who recently completed colorful new wall murals on the Museum’s outdoor courtyard and SMoCA Lounge. This kick-off celebration will feature DJ music, a scavenger hunt and a chance to win a prize basket featuring James Marshall-inspired gift items.

Photo: © Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects

Beaux Arts Fundraiser

Date: Nov. 8 from 6-9 p.m.
Price: $125
Location: Scottsdale Artists School
Phone: 480-990-1422

Enjoy food and drinks and entertainment while shopping original works of art from over 100 artists, all in a festive, party-tent atmosphere. This night of art and entertainment will raise funds for the renowned Scottsdale Artists’ School.

Artist James Marshall (Dalek) Returns

Dates: Nov. 8–10, times vary
Price: Free
Location: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Phone: 480-874-4666

Earlier this year, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art (SPA) forged a partnership to commission James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek), a brand artist for Hurley recognized for his colorful geometric abstract works, which are often associated with skateboard and graffiti subcultures, to paint two new murals at SMoCA. Now, SMoCA and SPA are bringing Marshall back for a series of events, where you can meet the artist.

Photo: © Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects

Jellies in the Sky, Cacti in the Water

Dates: Nov. 8–16, installation visible 24/7
Price: Free
Location: Scottsdale Waterfront, between Soleri and Marshall Way bridges
Phone: 480-874-4629

Shana Koenig, an LA-based artist recently featured at Santa Monica’s GLOW, has been commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art to create a large scale temporary installation of glowing, color-changing fiber optic sculptures, bringing the ocean to our skies and desert plant life into the waters of the Arizona Canal between the Soleri and Marshall Way bridges.

Banned Play: The Walls

Date: Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Phone: 480-874-4666

SMoCA and Arizona State University’s Banned Plays Reading Series present Griselda Gambaro’s The Walls. Witness how the play’s themes of surveillance, torture and disclosure resonate in our own lives and with the exhibition Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns. This exhibition is the first major survey of a generation of artists working to collect and reveal previously unreported information. RSVP for this free event at smocarsvp@sccarts.org. Cash bar available.

In collaboration with the Performance in the Borderlands initiative at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University.

“Fall for the Arts” ArtWalk

Date: Nov. 13 from 7-9 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Downtown Scottsdale Arts District
Phone: 480-421-1004

Autumn brings an array of art events to downtown Scottsdale, and “Fall for the Arts” ArtWalk is at the heart of it all! This event features original art in 50 galleries, plush artists’ receptions and exhibition openings. Check out all the great happenings hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association.

ANA MOURA with Magos Herrera and Javier Limon

Date: Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Price: From $29
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Box Office: 480-499-8587

Fado music is the soul of Portugal, and there is no other voice in fado quite like that of Ana Moura. She strolls freely through tradition but flirts elegantly with pop music, broadening the spectrum of fado, so typical of Lisbon, in a very personal way. The concert features two other stars of Latin and Mediterranean music – the dazzling Mexican-born jazz singer Magos Herrera and Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish flamenco guitarist Javier Limón – for a passionate musical journey.

Glowing Symphonies

Dates: Nov. 13 – 16, times vary
Price: Free
Location: Carstens Fine Art & Studio Gallery
Phone: 480-946-3217

“Glowing Symphonies” is an exhibition of original paintings by professional artist Cyndy Carstens. Each piece is inspired by compositions of music and the lustrous colors of Southwestern skies.

A special reception will be held the evening of Nov. 13 from 7-9 p.m. with music, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to meet and speak with the artist. On Nov. 14, from 12-4 p.m., Cyndy Carstens will do a live oil-painting demonstration and talk about her inspirations and techniques.

Artisan Markets’ Fall for the Arts

Dates: Nov. 13–16
Nov. 13 from 5-10 p.m.
Nov. 14 & 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Marshall Way Bridge
Phone: 602-687-7495

Celebrate Scottsdale with Artisan Markets! Enjoy waterfront views, people watching, local shopping, works of art, live music – and don’t forget the perfect weather! Artistic demonstrations and interactive art projects will be the features of this event.

The West Select Sale

Date: Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Price: $125
Location: Phoenix Art Museum
Phone: 602-307-2007

The 4th Annual West Select Sale features a diverse, contemporary view of the American West, with more than 100 works of art by 37 of today’s leading artists. The fixed-price sale includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs revealing iconic landscapes, still-lifes, wildlife, historical genre scenes and depictions of the modern, or “New West.” Ticket price includes access to a kick-off reception Thursday evening, the sale preview Friday, an artist presentation and the sale.

New Orleans Legends

Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint
Date: Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.
Price: From $49
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Box Office: 480-499-8587

Two of the most revered names in American music share the stage for the first time in this extraordinary tour. Celebrated R&B musician, songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint performs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, known worldwide for its swinging, high-octane Dixieland performances.

“When I meet someone like Allen Toussaint – that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama, because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano. He’s a historical part of rock-and-roll.”
– Elton John

Brad Garrett

Date: Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
Price: From $39
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Box Office: 480-499-8587

Brad Garrett earned three Emmy Awards playing Ray Romano’s big brother Robert on the iconic CBS series “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Returning to his standup-comedy roots in this wickedly funny one-man show, he tosses political correctness out the window and takes jabs at everyone, including the audience.

Contains adult-themed, R-rated material; not suitable for minors.

Joyce Yang Virginia G. Piper Concert Series

Date: Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Price: From $29
Arts lovers 29 years and under enjoy 50 per cent off tickets to this event
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater
Box Office: 480-499-8587

Pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences across the globe with her virtuosity, lyricism and magnetic stage presence. At just 27 years old, she has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation. In 2005, she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and, in 2010, received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of classical music’s most prestigious accolades.