Art enthusiast guide to scottsdale


With nearly 100 art pieces, annual events such as Canal Convergence, the Thursday night ArtWalk and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Scottsdale’s thriving arts and culture scene continues to impress visitors and art buffs from around the world.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
This midcentury modern gem is a bungalow-style hotel with pops of color and lush desert landscaping. In partnership with local artist compound Cattle Track, Andaz features pottery, photography and paintings from the working craftsman throughout the property, dining areas and in guest rooms.

Hotel Valley Ho
In Old Town Scottsdale’s Arts District you’ll find Hotel Valley Ho. The hotel boasts original midcentury modern architecture and retro-inspired elements that guests can explore through history and design-focused tours. The unique architecture, bold colors, and art-adorned guest rooms make the Hotel Valley Ho experience feel like a step back in time.

Mountain Shadows
Mountain Shadows is a one-of-a-kind resort featuring ever-changing art exhibitions at The Gallery. John Reyes, the resort’s on-site curator, is highly acclaimed for his ability to compose museum-quality exhibitions. The resort often hosts receptions for new shows, giving guests the opportunity to meet the artists.

Taliesin West
Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices constructed Taliesin West from the ground up using desert rocks and sand from washes that wind through the McDowell Mountain foothills. Built as Wright’s personal home in the 1930s, the stunning buildings are packed with detail and still serve as a working architectural school.

Scottsdale Public Art
Scottsdale’s public art collection boasts nearly 100 pieces by famed artists such as James Turrell, Robert Indiana, Jamie Carpenter and Ed Mell. The newest piece, One-Eyed Jack, sits on the corner of Indian School Rd. and N. Marshall Way. The best part: many of these works of art are located right in Old Town, so you can take a self-guided walking tour.

Art Galleries and Museums
Scottsdale has six museums and more than 100 art galleries and art dealers in the city, with 30 located right in the heart of Old Town. Visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) for rotating exhibits of design and architecture, and check out galleries such as J Klein and French Designer Jeweler.

Postino
Located in a historical building in Old Town, Postino Wine Café is well known for their wide variety of bruschetta boards and wine. The restaurant is housed in a former Valley National Bank branch that was designed by Frank Henry, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. Monday and Tuesday evenings, you can get a board and bottle of wine for $25.

LON’s
LON’s, once the home and art studio of cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee, is known for its Arizona-inspired cuisine sourced from local farms. Megargee was known to paint in his studio or on the patio, both of which overlook famed Camelback Mountain. The studio, as well as historical photos, and Megargee’s cowboy hat collection, are still on view today.

AZ88
Every four months the art instillations change at this unique Old Town bar and restaurant,  located on Civic Center Park. The restaurant features sleek floor-to-ceiling windows, modern furniture and stiff drinks. AZ88’s building was designed by Michael P. Johnson, who taught for several years at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.