Come celebrate Local Light, a new Canal Convergence initiative, and the installation of One-Eyed Jack by artist John Randall Nelson with a combined Local Light Opening Reception and One-Eyed Jack Celebration from 6–7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Blue Clover Distillery, 7042 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Public Art’s Local Light will place light-based installations along 5th Avenue, Stetson Drive and Marshall Way in Scottsdale’s Gallery District to extend the Canal Convergence atmosphere beyond the 10-day November event and to create a path of art and light between the businesses and the Arizona Canal. Nelson’s One-Eyed Jack is a 26-foot-tall rabbit sculpture is designed to designed to draw visitors to Marshall Way and the nearby galleries, restaurants and other businesses in Old Town Scottsdale.
This reception and celebration will include complimentary green chili chicken nachos, while a drink special called “One-Eyed Jack” will be available for $5. Additional food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Entertainment will include a performance by the acoustic band Notes of Neptune and a poetry reading by Alberto Ríos, a regents’ professor at ASU who became Arizona’s first poet laureate in 2013.
During the reception, additional tours and other events associated with the Local Light initiative will be announced. Prior to the event, Nelson will be available for a meet and greet from 5–6 p.m. the same day, Thursday, Oct. 25, at Gebert Contemporary, 7160 Main Street, Scottsdale.