The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s Gold Palette ArtWalk — themed monthly events that complement the organization’s weekly Thursday ArtWalk along the Scottsdale Arts District — announces its November 15 theme: Contemporary Focus, honoring Scottsdale Contemporary Month. During this special event, multiple galleries will be hosting contemporary artists including:
River Trading Post
7033 E. Main St.
Featuring Dr. Carol Lujan, an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation, professor emerita at ASU, and a clay and glass artist. Lujan finds inspiration for her contemporary works in the beauty, strength, endurance, humor and sovereignty of American Indian nations and peoples.
On the Edge Gallery
7050 E. 5th Ave.
On the Edge hosts four of its most contemporary artists — Valerie Hildebrand (abstract acrylics), Jane Nassano (recycled found objects), Gabe Salcido (metal) and Teresa Wilson (fluid acrylic painting) — that push boundaries and ask questions about what art is and what it can be. The artists will be on hand to mix and mingle while also creating “art on the edge.”
7039 E. Main St., #101
Featuring contemporary figurative paintings and sculpture by Colombian-born, New Mexico resident, painter and sculptor Guilloume Perez. Themes of partnership and family stand out in Perez’ works, and his message that human beings have more in common than they have differences is illustrated in his art.
Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery
7077 E. Main St., #5
Carstens hosts guest artist Michelle Micalizzi, whose “The Gratitude Series” exhibit will be on display from November 15 through November 29. Micalizzi’s multimedia paintings are a snapshot in time of her subject’s work and life while conveying a universal message for all and a byproduct of deep meaningful collaboration. Though every piece is inspired by a specific story, the concepts characterized in them are universal.
French Designer Jewelry Gallery
7148 E. Main St.
Wolfgang Vaatz, Namibian-born Arizona resident and Saul Bell Design Award Winner, will be the guest artist at French Designer Jewelry Gallery during the Contemporary Focus ArtWalk. Featuring wearable art inspired by nature and created out of Vaatz’ passion for discovery, recognizing the potential of his environment and his desire to share joy through his art.
Wilde Meyer Annex
7100 E. Main St.
Wilde Meyer’s Contemporary Focus exhibit “All About Dogs” runs throughout the month of November with a special artists’ reception on the evening of the Gold Palette ArtWalk. This group show highlights art about dogs, their ancestors and their relatives. Dogs of all stature and types will be represented from the likes of artists Connie Townsend, Patricia Hunter, Trevor Mikula, Kari Rives, Sarah Webber and Theresa Paden.
Participating galleries along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School on Marshall Way to 5th Avenue welcome guests to peruse their masterpieces, and multiple Creative Vortexes will be set up along Main Street allowing guests to express their creativity on large canvases with a variety of mediums from chalk to paint.