Art Detour

All Are Invited to Celebrate and Articipate in Art Detour 30

30th Anniversary of Art Detour is March 15-20, 2018

Signature Celebration of Phoenix Arts and Culture Expands to Six Days

All are invited to create and Articipate!

AD30 Art Detour, Phoenix’s original art walk and the longest running arts festival in downtown Phoenix, will celebrate its 30-year anniversary March 15-20, 2018. The annual event, produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was launched by Phoenix artists in 1989 and helped birth the First Fridays phenomenon. Referred to as “one of the most important events on Phoenix’s calendar“ by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Art Detour 30 will expand to a six-day schedule, and feature a multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s fifth-largest city.

The community is invited to detour through the city and celebrate our artistic surroundings over a delightful weekend of cultural discovery. Patrons can meet artists in their working environments, start or expand their art collection, immerse themselves in downtown’s diverse arts districts, and discuss the impact of the arts on the next 30 years of our city’s development. Detour-ists will be invited to step into more than 100 artist studios, galleries, pop-up spaces and other venues, as well as enjoy performances and family-friendly activities.

NEW Event Schedule: The new six-day event format will kick off with the opening night Art d’Core Gala celebration; span the weekend with a scheduled exploration of key arts districts and artist studios; and end with a symposium that will spur interest in art collecting, foster artists’ career development, and identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city.

NEW Artist Opportunities: In addition to a call for representative work for Art Detour 30. Artlink Inc., Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department and Office of Arts and Culture invite artists and designers of all practices to apply for the Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project. The artists selected from this call will create new designs for bicycle racks to be placed throughout Phoenix. A selection of submissions will be featured in an exhibition during Art Detour weekend. View calls to artists here.

How Can You Get Involved?

Artist ButtonArticipate! Artists (student, emerging, professional) are encouraged to register as an Artlink Articipant to be included in the Artlink Directory, which will be promoted throughout Art Detour 30. Downtown Phoenix-based galleries, arts businesses, and arts-supporting businesses that register as an Articipant will be identified on the official Art Detour 30 map. Read the registration details here.

Current Artist Opportunities:

Artists of all mediums and experience are invited to contribute to the festivities by submitting to calls to artists. Current opportunities include the following:

  • Art Detour Poster Art: Artists are invited to submit an open call for Art Detour 30 poster art. The call is free to Artlink Articipants. Find submission details here.
  • P2M sketch wheelPedal to the Metal: PHX Bike Rack Project: Artlink Inc., Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department and Office of Arts and Culture invite artists and designers of all practices to apply for the Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project. Read the details of the call here.

Sponsor: Support the year-round efforts of Artlink Inc. by becoming a sponsor of Art Detour. Review sponsorship details here.

Volunteer: Contribute your time to the arts! Sign up to be a tour docent, gallery host or help with guest relations. Sign up here.

EVENT FACTS

When: Thursday, March 15 through Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Where: More than 100 artist studios, galleries, arts and culture venues and arts-supporting businesses in the greater downtown Phoenix area.

Hosts: Art Detour 30 is produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture and Downtown Phoenix Inc. and in collaboration with Roosevelt Row CDC, Historic Grand Avenue, Phoenix Warehouse District and Central Arts District.

Getting Around: Artlink provides maps and transportation options for easy navigation of the Detour. Printed maps and an online map powered by Phoenix Urban Guide (phoenixurbanguide.com) will guide patrons through the six-day event. Artlink will provide complimentary docent-guided trolleys from transportation partner Dunn Transportation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event is also easily accessible by Valley Metro’s Light Rail and GRiD Bikes.

Contact: General event questions: info@artlinkphx.org. Calls for artists questions: submissions@artlinkphx.org. Artlink Inc.: artlinkphx.org. Sign up for updates: artdetour.com.

EVENT SCHEDULE BY DAY

THURSDAY, MARCH 15: 6th ANNUAL ART DCORE GALA

2018 Gala SAVE THE DATE (1)The opening night celebration is a fun spin on a traditional “gala” that each year spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic city.

The event will showcase works by members of the Artlink Artist Council (AAC): Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Pete Deise, Fortoul Brothers, William LeGoullon, Annie Lopez, Constance McBride, Rembrandt Quiballo, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, and Marilyn Szabo. Additional artists are to be announced.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of exhibited artwork will benefit Artlink and will be allocated to The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), a program produced by Artlink in collaboration with the AAC for the purpose of providing direct financial benefit to local artists.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018

Where: Warehouse215 at Bentley Projects 215 E. Grant St., Phoenix

Hosts: The Art d’Core Gala is hosted Artlink Inc. in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, and Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Tickets: $20/single, $30/pair. Proceeds benefit Artlink Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit. Find ticket information at artdetour.com and sign up for updates.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 16-18: THE DETOUR

Patrons are invited to embark on a weekend schedule of arts experiences within key arts districts. More details to be announced!

  • Friday, March 16 – Roosevelt Row Arts District
  • Saturday, March 17 (day) – Historic Grand Avenue
  • Saturday, March 17 (evening) – Downtown Phoenix core
  • Sunday, March 18 – Phoenix Warehouse District + surrounding area studio tours

MONDAY-TUESDAY, MARCH 19-20: NEW! SYMPOSIUM

Save the date for the new symposium series. Details to be announced.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Call to Artists: Art Detour 30 Poster Art

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Artlink Inc. seeks a representative artwork for Art Detour 30.  The work will be used in a designed format as the basis for the Art Detour 30 poster, postcard, and other marketing materials. Artists local to the Phoenix area are encouraged to apply for this award that carries a $300 prize.

ABOUT ART DETOUR

Art Detour is Phoenix’s original art walk and the longest running arts festival weekend in Downtown Phoenix.
The annual event began in 1989, and is a roadmap to guide visitrs to meet artists in their working environments, celebrate the growth of our varied arts districts, and set a stage for discussion about the next 30 years of our city’s development. Step into more than 100 artist studios, galleries and other venues, as well as enjoy performances and activities.

ArtDetour30BUG_BlackThe 30-year celebration will be a six-day, multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s fifth-largest city. The schedule will include an opening night Art d’Core Gala on March 15; the “Detour” that will highlight arts experiences and studio visits within key arts districts on March 16-18; and on March 19-20, a new Symposium that will support artists’ career development and identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city. Location/Schedule to be announced. Visit artdetour.com for details.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Art Detour invites the public to discover the downtown Phoenix arts community by offering premiere access to downtown artists and art experiences.

The submitted artwork should help Artlink in celebrating the arts community’s growth over the past 30 years and embody the sense of discovery that the public experiences visiting private working studios and art spaces.

Specifications:

  • The submitted artwork must be a flat work (can be photography of the 3D piece) in any size and medium – but versatile enough to be represented digitally in a variety of paper and electronic collateral. These include the poster, postcards, map and online communications (varied dimensions).
  • The artist will be invited to exhibit the original artwork at the Art d’Core Gala on Thursday, March 15th.
  • Artlink will retain all rights to use work in any manner chosen.
  • Artlink may choose to use work on commercial goods for sale during the time of the events. The artist will receive a royalty of 20% for any goods sold.
  • The artist’s work will be used by designers to format the poster with text and other information about Detour.  The original artwork will remain the property of the artist.

Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in Arizona.

Deadline for submissions:  Friday, December 15, 2017 (midnight)

The work will be chosen and the announcement made on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

The Artlink board reserves the right to change the project timeline.

HOW TO APPLY

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:

  • A high quality digital representation of the piece. Minimum 300dpi. This should be a JPG, TIFF or PNG file.
  • A brief statement about why the submitted images fit the theme.
  • A maximum of three works.
  • Titles, dates of completion, materials used in the original work, and size.
  • Current contact information.

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Questions about the call may be sent to submissions@artlinkphx.org.


Call to Artists: New PHX Bike Racks

Local Artists Invited to Bridge Art, Infrastructure

Downtown Phoenix Inc., Artlink and City of Phoenix team up to launch urban art project that will net 50 new bike racks for city

UPDATE: Download the presentation from the Dec. 6 workshop and Q&A session here: P2M PHX Workshop Slides

In a creative city known for its art and up-and-coming bike culture, stylish and functional bike racks are both a natural fit, and a necessity.

Through a new urban arts initiative, at least 50 new locally designed bike racks will be added to our city’s streets in spring 2018.

Downtown Phoenix Inc., in partnership with Artlink, the City of Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department and Office of Arts and Culture, are inviting artists and designers of all practices to apply for Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project.

Four finalists will earn a stipend of $250 and two winning artists will be awarded $4,000 each.

Pedal to the MetalFinalists’ designs will be on display during Art Detour 30, which takes place March 15-20, 2018. After the Art Detour exhibition, two finalists will move forward with fabrication, and get to see their creations brought to life as functional assets in downtown and throughout the city.

These eye-catching racks will be important amenities for Phoenix’s growing bike culture and contribute aesthetic value to our community’s streetscapes.

“This is an important initiative that will have a tangible impact on how our streets look and feel,” said Downtown Phoenix Partnership Executive Director Dan Klocke. “The best streets are user-friendly, yes, but should also be interesting and representative of the neighborhoods in which they’re located.”

As a community-focused project, Pedal to the Metal strives to be highly inclusive. All artists, designers and creative individuals or teams–whether or not they specialize in industrial product design–are encouraged to apply. The project includes a workshop to help participants prepare their ideas for submission. The workshop will be held at Downtown Phoenix Inc. headquarters [1 E. Washington St. #230] on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, Dec. 18.

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Download the presentation from the Dec. 6 workshop here: P2M PHX Workshop Slides

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PHOENIX INC:

Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) is a community development group created in 2013 to advance the continued revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. A collaboration of business leaders, City of Phoenix staff and community leaders, DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation.

ABOUT ARTLINK: 

Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks; The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

ABOUT PHOENIX OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE:

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life. The Public Art Program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city’s buildings, spaces and infrastructure.  The Office is advised by a 22-member Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637. Follow the Office on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture and Twitter @phxarts_culture.


Artlink Presents an ‘Artist Forward’ Art Detour 29 Weekend

Artists, Galleries, & Unique Venues Open Their Doors for Workshops, Demonstrations, Exhibitions

Art d’Core Gala kicks off the celebration March 16 with Mayor Greg Stanton’s Annual ‘Toast to Downtown’

Art Detour, Phoenix’s signature celebration of arts and culture returns March 16-19, 2017, with a four-day slate of diverse activities created by local artists and art venues as a reflection of the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene.

The 29th year kicks off with the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala, followed by a special Third Friday Gallery Night of exhibitions and artist receptions, and a Saturday and Sunday schedule of demonstrations, workshops, installations and more. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Named as “one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Art Detour invites visitors to witness the vital Phoenix arts community in many varied forms.

Visitors can meet with emerging and established artists, some in their own studios, some in the galleries; to experience demonstrations, engage in lively discussions; and find original works from a talented pool of Phoenix artists who are exporting their expressions to cities around the world.

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“Artist Forward” See artist names below. Images provided by artists. Design by Erik Karvonen. Click to enlarge.

A Weekend Schedule of Events (details on artdetour.com)
Nearly 90 artist studios, galleries, cultural institutions, pop-up spaces, retailers and dining and nightlife establishments who support Phoenix’s thriving creative culture will open their doors inviting visitors to enjoy a four-day arts and culture experience.

Valley residents and visitors accustomed to a typical First Friday experience will find a decidedly different offering during Detour weekend:

Artists welcome visitors into their studios to learn about their process. Some collaborate with other artists to present a fresh relationship to their work.

For a detailed event schedule including these and other events, visit artdetour.com.

(The event calendar is powered by Phoenix Urban Guide (“PUG”) a project of Artlink in partnership with the City Of Phoenix).

Getting Around – Extended Shuttle Service
For the first time, Artlink will provide complimentary shuttle service on the Third Friday Gallery Night in addition to the Saturday and Sunday daytime hours. The shuttles enable the public to park the car or bike and hop on or off in downtown districts including Historic Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row, Central Arts District and Phoenix Warehouse District. Knowledgeable volunteer docents staff the trolleys which will run 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19. Get the trolley route map and more information here.

A Party to Kick off the Weekend
The annual celebration begins Thursday, March 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala. Held at Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St. in the heart of the emerging and dynamic Warehouse District, the gala will feature a one-night-only exhibition of works in a variety of media, created by well-established Phoenix-area artists Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Pete Deise, Jeff Falk, Fortoul Brothers, William LeGoullon, Annie Lopez, Ann Morton, Rembrandt Quiballo, Joe Ray, Randy Slack, and Marilyn Szabo. Don’t miss a “Toast to Downtown’” by Mayor Greg Stanton to commence the event. Proceeds from the gala support Artlink, a portion of which will contribute to a new artist development fund designed to help provide direct financial support to local artists. Buy tickets here.

Art Detour 29 Weekend Schedule (details here)

March 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Art D’Core Gala. The arts party of the year! Buy your tickets here.

March 17, 6 to 10 p.m.

Third Friday. A special gallery night of exhibition openings and receptions.

March 18-19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Detour! Phoenix’s original art walk includes studio visits, art space tours, pop-ups,  solo and group exhibitions, performances and installations. A map and shuttles will guide visitors throughout the weekend. FREE

Art Detour is hosted in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, and Downtown Phoenix Inc. and supported by Valley Metro, Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona Commission on the Arts, CityScape, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Center, Dunn Transportation, Warehouse215, Ivio Web Development, Urban Affair, Historic Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row, Central Arts District and Phoenix Warehouse District.

Artists featured in “Artist Forward” collage above.
Top Row: Fushicho Daiko Dojo, Heather Meheut, Alex Banuelos, Megan Martis, Danielle Wood, Rick Naimark, Tracey Jenkins
Second Row: Sam Guevara, Andrew Lee, Travis Ivey, Barbara Cowlin, Constance McBride, Ellen Nemetz, Halldor Hjalmarson, Michelle Pugh (Smash Girl Studios)
Third Row: Carrie Beth McGarry (FunWow), Roisin McDermott, Laina McWhorter, April Howland, Bill Dambrova (Goat Heart Studio), Nikka Brooks-Cullum, Kristine Kollasch
Fourth Row: Mary Meyer Studio, Joan Waters, Rocco Menaguale, Ann Osgood, Jennifer B. Hoffman (44 Superfly Art Studio), Katharine Leigh Simpson, Jey Moore
Fifth Row: Lisa MacNamara, Stacey Gordon (Puppet Pie), Erik Karvonen, Idakatherine Graver, Jill Friedberg, Laura Cohen-Hogan, Ann Morton
Bottom Row: Patricia Sannit, Spillers, Tess Mosko, Marilyn Szabo, Matti Baine, Melissa Schleuger

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About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the annual Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Art Detour 29: A Signature Celebration of Phoenix’s Arts and Culture

Studios, Galleries and Pop-up Spaces to Host 29th Annual Art Detour: a Signature Celebration of Phoenix’s Arts and Culture

Artlink Collaborates with the Phoenix Arts Community on a Four-Day Weekend Schedule of Activities and Installations

‘Articipants’ Invited to Two January ‘Mixed Media’ Happy Hours to Collaborate, Plan Art Detour

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PHOENIX — The event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon is expanding from two to four days in 2017. Art Detour 29 on March 16-19 will feature a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene.

The 29th year of this signature arts and culture event includes the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala, a special Third Friday Gallery Night, and an Art Detour weekend schedule of demonstrations, installations and more. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Named as “one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Art Detour encourages conversation and inquiry, and directly connects the public with the artists in our community. The event is a result of a collaboration between artists, galleries, cultural venues and businesses offering their spaces for one-time exhibitions. Visitors are invited to witness the vital Phoenix arts community in many varied forms.

“We consider Art Detour 29 the penultimate event of a significant 30-year history of Artlink and for the Phoenix arts scene as a whole,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “Artists have created much more than their own work in this time. They have contributed to our environment, built businesses, developed districts, and created a textured downtown for the sixth largest city in the nation. Art Detour tells this story and invites Phoenicians and springtime visitors to buy art for their home or tickets to a performance, all in support and celebration of our city’s creative economy and culture.”

2016-art-dcore-gala-save-the-dateA Party to Kick off the Weekend
The annual celebration begins Thursday evening, March 16, at the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala. Held at Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects in the heart of the emerging and dynamic Warehouse District. This fun spin on a traditional “gala” annually spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic city.

The Art d’Core Gala is hosted in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, and Downtown Phoenix Inc. This is a ticketed event and proceeds benefit Artlink Inc. Tickets go on sale January 16, 2017.

Take a Detour Beyond Phoenix’s First Fridays
Did you know artists don’t open their studios to the public on the popular First Fridays? Or that galleries don’t always schedule their exhibition openings on these nights? First Friday only skims the surface of what makes Phoenix’s arts community special.

Art Detour 29 is an invitation to take a deeper dive, by meeting with established and emerging artists, some as special engagements in their own studios; experiencing demonstrations and discussions; and finding original works from a talented pool of Phoenix artists who are exporting their work to cities around the world.

Expanded Hours
In addition to these daytime activities, Art Detour 29 will feature an expanded and varied schedule, with some events taking place outdoors, capitalizing on Phoenix’s pleasant March weather. This includes a morning walk and nighttime events and openings, coinciding with March Third Friday “Gallery Night.” A sample of these unique happenings includes:

  • 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 17-18 – “Intersection” is a temporary digital projection project designed to transform a public space in downtown Phoenix. The second in a series, this installation combines video, sound, and interactivity powered by advanced rear-projection digital technology to morph a building into a glowing canvas after dark. This project is a partnership between the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Downtown Phoenix Inc. Visit phoenix.gov/arts.
  • 7 a.m. Saturday, March 18 – The Museum of Walking (MoW) presents theWALK, a 90-minute contemplative walk at Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix. Join 1000 bodies walking in silence and moving mindfully through public space. This is a ticketed event. Proceeds go to future MoW programing and artist projects. Rio Salado Restoration Habitat, Phoenix Visit mowthewalk.org.
  • 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, March 18 – The Alwun House hosts the 33rd Annual Exotic Art Show Finale, featuring House of Cirque and Ernesto Moncado. Mature subject matter, under 18 accompanied by an adult. This is a ticketed event and proceeds benefit Alwun House Foundation. Visit alwunhouse.org.

Mixed Media Flyer January datesMixed Media Happy Hours in January – An Invitation to CREATE Art Detour
Two events are scheduled to bring together participating artists, organizations and businesses to create a bigger and better Detour experience for patrons.

Artlink is hosting two “Mixed Media” happy hours, on January 19 and January 25, in Historic Grand Avenue and in Roosevelt Row, to cultivate and collaborate on ideas for the upcoming Art Detour 29.

Mixed Media – Who Should Attend?

  • Artists who can open their central Phoenix studios for demonstrations or classes during the weekend. These studio tours are a fundamental component of Art Detour.
  • Artists and organizations interested in adding a special performance event (music/dance/spoken word/etc.) to the Detour schedule.
  • Businesses and venues looking to host an exhibition or performance.

Those interested in participating are invited to register as official Artlink “Articipants” — artists, art venues, business and community members who regularly participate in the Phoenix arts scene — to be included in Art Detour promotions and Artlink’s other year-round communications.

RSVP below and REGISTER AS AN ARTICIPANT HERE

Art Detour 29 Schedule of Events, 2017

January 19, 6 to 8 p.m.
“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at ThirdSpace, 1028 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix. RSVP HERE to the JAN 19 event

January 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at Bliss + ReBar, 905 N. Fourth St., Phoenix. RSVP HERE to the JAN 25 event

March 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Art D’Core Gala. The arts party of the year! Tickets go on sale January 16, 2017.

March 17, 6 to 10 p.m.
Pre-Detour Third Friday. A special gallery night of exhibition openings and receptions.

March 18-19
The Art Detour! Phoenix’s original art walk includes studio visits, art space tours and one-time exhibits and installations. A map and shuttles will guide visitors throughout the weekend.

Getting Around
Artlink will once again provide shuttle service enabling the public to park the car or bike and hop on or off at galleries throughout downtown. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys helping to guide new and returning visitors. Scheduled times for the trolley are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the annual Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Create Art Detour 29 at Mixed Media Happy Hours

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Two events are scheduled to bring together participating artists and arts businesses to create a bigger and better Detour experience for patrons.

Artlink invites its “Articipants” — area artists, art venues, business and community members who regularly participate in the Phoenix arts scene — to attend one of two happy hour events in January to celebrate and collaborate on ideas for the upcoming Art Detour 29.

Mixed Media Happy Hour Schedule

Jan. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at ThirdSpace, 1028 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix (map)

Click here RSVP to the JAN 19 event at ThirdSpace

Jan. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at Bliss + ReBar, 905 N. Fourth St., Phoenix (map)

Click here to RSVP to the JAN 25 event at Bliss/ReBAR

 

 


Mixed Media Happy Hour 11/15

mixed-media-inviteJoin us at the first “Mixed Media” Happy Hour!

Who’s invited?

All Artists, arts entrepreneurs, businesses and advocates who contribute to the arts and culture experience in greater downtown Phoenix.

Mix, mingle and get the details about the 2017 Articipant Program, Art Detour, Third Fridays and more!

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Grand Central Coffee Co.

Address: 718 North Central Ave. (Map)

Cost: FREE admission, no host bar

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Hosted by Artlink, City of Phoenix Arts & Culture Office, Downtown Phoenix Inc.

 

 


RELEASE: Artlink Invites Phoenix Artists, Arts Organizations and Businesses to Become Year-Round ‘Articipants’

Artists, organizations and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater downtown Phoenix will be featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.

Artlink Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown Phoenix arts community, invites artists, arts organizations and businesses that contribute to Phoenix’s vibrant downtown culture to become Articipants. Those who sign up for Articipation are included in the promotion of Art Detour, First and Third Fridays and more throughout 2016.

Articipant-DefinitionWith Artlink’s Fourth Annual Art d’Core Gala (March 10, 2016) and 28th Annual Art Detour (March 19-20, 2016) approaching soon, now is the best opportunity for Articipants to sign up and make the most of their year-round Artlink benefits. Articipants receive a wide range of benefits based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Restaurants/Bars/Retail). Designed to help promote the artistic and cultural endeavors of participating Articipants, year-round benefits begin February 1, 2016 and continue through January 31, 2017.

NEW Performing Arts Categories of Articipation

Recognizing the value of downtown’s range of arts organizations, Artlink has expanded eligible categories of Articipation. Previously open only to the visual arts community, Artlink—for the first time in its near 30-year history—now invites performing arts organizations that contribute to downtown’s vibrancy to also become Articipants and benefit from year-round promotion.

“As downtown Phoenix evolves, so does Artlink,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We are excited to promote the full spectrum of arts and culture experiences accessible in downtown Phoenix.”

Articipants are Invited to Participate in Signature Events

Art d’Core Gala – NEW Co-Host and Venue! Held under the stars in Margaret T. Hance Park, this fourth annual celebration spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic urban core. The Art d’Core Gala is held in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department, Downtown Phoenix Inc., and the Hance Park Conservancy.

Art Detour 28: The event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, Art Detour provides the public with an opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments. By encouraging conversation and inquiry, Art Detour helps educate and connect the public with the artists in their community. The annual event also provides the public the opportunity to see inside many of downtown Phoenix’s hidden and otherwise private creative spaces. It is named as “one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton,

First Friday Trolley Tour: Over the past two decades, the First Fridays Art Walk has evolved into a major monthly celebration that draws anywhere from 12-20,000 people every month. Artlink publishes the official map of First and Third Fridays.

Artlink provides complimentary trolley service enabling the public to park and ride from four information hubs, and hop on or off at galleries along the way. As it circulates through downtown Phoenix, the trolley connects arts venues and districts including Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, the popular Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as CityScape and Arizona Center. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys helping to guide new and returning visitors.

Expanded Benefits

While Art Detour and the Art d’Core Gala remain signature events for Artlink, the organization’s programs have expanded to provide year-round promotional opportunities for downtown artists, arts organizations and arts spaces.

These opportunities include a Pop-Up Gallery program featuring exhibitions by local artists in unique and nontraditional public spaces; guided Downtown Art Tours that shine a spotlight on artists and galleries; an annual Juried Exhibition; and a variety of calls for artists throughout the year.

In addition, restaurants, bars and other downtown retail spaces benefit from year-round promotion on the Artlink Art Detour maps, First Friday maps, and the Artlink website, as well as additional promotional opportunities to be announced in coming months.

Artlink Ariticipant registration deadline is January 18, 2016. Full details on Articipant levels and benefits are available at http://artlinkphoenix.org/articipants/.

About Artlink Inc.

Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; a year-round Pop Up Gallery Program featuring exhibitions in non-traditional spaces; the annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Members Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Connect the #phxdots During Art Detour

Artlink Debuts #phxdots Stickers During Art Detour 27, March 7 and 8, 2015

Connect-phxdots-stickerArtlink has created an overall “Connect the Dots” program with a variety of elements that highlight how the arts helps visitors connect the dots to create their own unique downtown experience. The “connect the dots” elements include the Detour/First Fridays Map, dot venue signs for participating locations, a dot stencil temporary way-finding program leading visitors from trolley stops to venues, and our newest element, “Connect – #phxdots” stickers, which will debut at this year’s Art Detour 27.

“Connect – #phxdots” stickers will available at all participating Articipant art venues: art spaces, studios and galleries on the Detour map. When you visit a participating gallery or studio, you’ll be able to pick up a free sticker that will identify you as a Detour guest. In turn, participating restaurants and bars (those listed on the Detour map and/or exhibiting a “We’re Connected – #phxdots” decal in their window) will provide discounts to anyone wearing a “Connect – #phxdots” sticker.

This is a pilot program and our goal is to roll it out as a regular feature during First Fridays throughout the year. We believe it’s a great way to connect arts visitors to the businesses that support the arts and benefit from the buzz of activity that the arts generate.

Win Prizes With Our Social Media Contest Tie-In:

This is where everyone can play. We’re sponsoring two different Instagram contests to get people engaged in showing off our downtown. We’ve got some cool prize prizes to give away and all it takes is a sticker, a quick selfie, a few hashtags and a smile.

General #ArtDetour social media contest: 

Enter to win a prize by posting a photo on Instagram of yourself wearing a “Connect – #phxdots” sticker and enjoying #ArtDetour 27.  Please include @artlink_phoenix, #artdetour and #phxdots in the photo caption. Prizewinners will be notified directly!

Art buyer #ArtDetour social media contest:

Enter to win a prize by posting a photo on Instagram of yourself wearing a “Connect – #phxdots sticker” with an artwork you purchase during #ArtDetour 27.  Please include @artlink_phoenix, #artdetour, #artbuyerphx and #phxdots in the photo caption. Prizewinners will be notified directly!


Release: Art d’Core Gala Celebrates Downtown Phoenix

Second Annual Event Features Mayor Stanton and Kicks Off Art Detour 27

Mayor-wMayor Greg Stanton will give his second annual speech about downtown Phoenix’s progress and successes at the annual Art d’Core Gala, Saturday, February 21, at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom.

The gala – hosted by nonprofit, Artlink Inc. – will highlight upcoming events in the spring arts season and kick off the 27th annual  Art Detour, a two-day celebration of art in downtown.

“We’ve worked hard to create a downtown that’s vibrant, walkable and livable – a community where education, the arts and commerce thrive,” said Stanton. “Artlink has been on the forefront of activating this community in a way that enhances the urban experience and engages artists and entrepreneurs.”

“There are many events on the downtown Phoenix calendar, but the Gala is unique,” said David Krietor, Downtown Phoenix Inc. President and CEO. “The energy in that room is undeniable and a testament to how far downtown has come.”

In addition to serving as the formal kick-off of Art Detour 27 (March 7 – 8, 2015), the Art d’Core Gala will unveil three distinctive art pieces inspired by local neighborhoods along the Valley Metro Rail line.

Decorating the Crescent Ballroom will be three, 9’ banners created by Arizona artists representing the neighborhood character of the McDowell, Roosevelt and 12th Street station areas. The featured artists include Lucretia Torva (McDowell), Jeff Jones (Roosevelt) and Robert Jackson (12th Street). They worked with the local community to create these pieces, which will hang at light rail stations following the event. The effort was made possible through a Reinvent Phoenix grant and in participation with Valley Metro.

“Visual and performing arts set the stage for this one annual party that celebrates our urban attitude,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Inc. Board President. “The event brings together a diverse gathering of artists, entrepreneurs, and the business community in a celebration of the downtown we love and support.”

The program portion of the evening will be opened by a special performance by Phoenix Theatre. The stage design will feature a creative, virtual tour of downtown Phoenix through the lens of visual effects designer, Matt Castleberry. DJ Sean Watson will perform in the Ballroom following the program.

Crowd logoAttendees will also enjoy local food and drink specials created by Crescent Ballroom. The event is complimentary; RSVPs are required.

What:  Art d’Core Gala

When:  Saturday, February 21, 2015. Doors open at 6 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m.

Where:  Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix

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Attire:  Creative, formal attire is encouraged

The Art d’Core Gala is hosted by City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Artlink Inc. and sponsored by APS, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Ernst & Young LLP, City of Phoenix Aviation Department and Support Sky Harbor, with additional support from The Arizona Republic, CityScape, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Crescent Ballroom and Phoenix Ale Brewery.

Click to RSVP.

About Art Detour 27
Art Detour, the first event to link the downtown Phoenix arts community, returns for its 27th year on March 7 – 8, 2015. The two-day celebration invites Valley residents and visitors to meet the artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to a thriving downtown Phoenix. Artlink, Inc. produces the event in partnership with more than 100 “Articipants” – downtown Phoenix arts districts and destinations that participate in and contribute to the arts community.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; a year-round Pop Up Gallery Program featuring exhibitions in non-traditional spaces; the annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Members Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) is a community development group created in 2013 to advance the continued revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. A collaboration of business, City of Phoenix, and community leaders, DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance, Downtown Phoenix Events, and Downtown Phoenix CDC.

 


Release: Art Detour 27: An Invitation to Connect the Dots in Downtown Phoenix

Art d’Core Gala Hosted by Mayor Greg Stanton, Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Artlink Inc.
Kicks Off a Slate of Community Events

Art Detour, the first event to link the downtown Phoenix arts community, returns for its 27th year on March 7 and 8, 2015. The two-day celebration invites Valley residents and visitors to meet the artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to a thriving downtown Phoenix. Artlink, Inc. produces the event in partnership with its “Articipants”—downtown Phoenix arts districts and destinations that participate in and contribute to the arts community.

More than 100 of these Articipants are expected to make this the largest, two-day, all-access, downtown Phoenix arts event in Art Detour’s 27-year history. It will be kicked off by the second annual Art d’Core Gala on February 21, coincide with the March First Friday, and will be highlighted by neighborhood celebrations and activities, resulting in a full schedule of downtown Phoenix discovery.

Kick-Off Celebration

The City of Phoenix’s Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Artlink, Inc. will kick off the festive season with the second annual Art d’Core Gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 at Crescent Ballroom. Mayor Greg Stanton will give his “Celebrate Downtown Address,” where he will toast business leaders, small business entrepreneurs, neighborhood groups and the flourishing arts community in an expression of shared pride in Phoenix. This free, fun and formal affair features a live performance by Phoenix Theatre, music, dancing and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown Phoenix. Guests are encouraged to dress colorfully in creative formal attire.

Connect the Dots

With a map in hand, the public is invited take to the streets of downtown Phoenix on March 7 and 8 to explore working artists’ private studios, standing galleries, “pop-ups”, unique art spaces and colorful murals. There will also be special neighborhood-specific celebrations on both Saturday and Sunday to add to the fun. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days Artlink will provide free tours with Ollie the Trolley. On-board docents will guide visitors to destinations, highlighted as dots on the map, as the trolley makes stops in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and other locations, providing a unique opportunity to enjoy the fun, festival environment. Restaurants and bars will provide special offers to those who wear Art Detour 27 stickers picked up at the arts destinations.

There will be four park-and-ride hubs where visitors can park, pick up a map, ask questions, and hop on a trolley to explore the full spectrum of arts activities and events along the route. These hubs will be located at the Burton Barr Public Library, Oasis on Grand, CityScape and Arizona Center. Art Detour is transit-friendly with many locations within walking distance of METRO Light Rail stations. GRID Bike Share also has locations along the trolley route and throughout the central corridor. The trolley route also conveniently intersects with METRO light rail.

EVENT SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to the exhibitions and activities hosted by the over 100 Articipants, the following are events and celebrations that culminate in an artful early 2015.

Art d’Core Gala

  • 6 to 10 p.m. on February 21, 2015.
  • Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
  • There is no charge for this event. For additional information and to RSVP please visit artlinkphoenix.org/art-detour/gala/
  • Creative formal attire encouraged for this event hosted by the City of Phoenix’s Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Artlink, Inc.

March First Friday

  • 6 to 10 p.m. on March 6, 2015
  • Throughout downtown and central Phoenix
  • Typically one of the most popular First Fridays of the year. The Artlink First Friday Trolley Tour will take place as normally scheduled.

Art Detour 27

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7 and 8, 2015
  • This free weekend event offers programming appropriate for all ages, including the family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” activities at select venues.

PaintPHX – 5th St. Block Party

  • 2 to 10 p.m. on March 7, 2015
  • 5th Street in Roosevelt Row
  • Paint Phx is locally organized, mural painting event and celebration of outdoor mural arts in the city of Phoenix happening in conjunction with Art Detour 27. Local community artists and muralists will be creating multiple new mural projects throughout the city over the Art Detour weekend. The 5th St. Block Party will take place in the epicenter for Phoenix’s mural art scene. The street will be closed to traffic from Roosevelt to Garfield and activities will include new murals being painted, live music, DJs, skateboard demos, a live art battle and live painting on a vintage bus.

Outdoor Screening of Stop Making Sense

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on March 7, 2015 (weather permitting)
  • What Should Go Here Pop-Up Park, 1005 N. 2nd Street
  • Artlink Inc., No Festival Required Independent Cinema and Palm Pictures Present Stop Making Sense: Talking Heads, hosted by monOrchid and The Lot: What Should Go Here Pop-Up Park. 1980s attire, spontaneous singing and dancing will be encouraged. Please bring blankets or low-back beach chairs for seating.

Detour de Grand

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 8, 2015 (Group bike ride begins at 10 a.m.)
  • Grand Avenue, 1028 NW Grand Ave. (between 10th and 12th Avenues)
  • The Grand Avenue Members Association (“GAMA”) will celebrate one of Phoenix’s most iconic and authentic streets. Activities include a group bike ride at 10 a.m. before Art Detour 27 that will follow the route of the Artlink trolley: from Grand Ave., to the Warehouse District, through the core to Roosevelt Row, through historic downtown neighborhoods, and back to Grand Ave.
  • Detour de Grand visitors will be able to visit galleries, shops, local vendors, artist’s tents and food trucks. The main event will be a beer garden and stage with local beers and bands open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Bring your own bike or grab a GRID bike on Grand Avenue. Attendees can use Grand Ave as their park and ride hub to enjoy Detour de Grand and to catch a trolley to explore the rest of Art Detour 27.

OTHER KEY EVENTS HOSTED BY ARTLINK ARTICIPANTS

Devoured Culinary Classic

  • 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7 and 8
  • Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.
  • This culinary arts event hosted by Phoenix Art Museum, Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix is the perfect pairing for arts patrons. Devour – then Detour!

57th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

  •  9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7 and 8
  • Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave.
  • The iconic cultural event will celebrate the tradition of basket making and other arts.

LINK UP AND GET INVOLVED

About Artlink  

Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; a year-round Pop Up Gallery Program featuring exhibitions in non-traditional spaces; the annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, 12 News, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Gammage & Burnham, Attorneys at Law, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Members Association.

 


Release: John Randall Nelson Art Selected for 27th Annual Art Detour

Winning Art Submission by John Randall Nelson Invites a Closer Look at the Arts Downtown

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John Randall Nelson’s “Happy, Sad”

Art Detour, the event that helped launched downtown Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, returns for its 27th year on March 7 and 8, 2015. The two-day celebration invites the public to take a closer look at the artists and art spaces that fill downtown with vibrant, creative energy.

In the search for an image to represent this year’s celebration, Artlink issued a call for artists to submit artwork that would “create excitement and embody the sense of discovery and intimacy the public experiences when visiting private working studios and art spaces.” More than 40 artists submitted a striking range of work. An artwork submitted by John Randall Nelson entitled “Happy, Sad” was the final choice. His nuanced, layered, multi-media piece invites the viewer to look closer and discover what lies beneath the first impression.

Nelson is an MFA graduate of Arizona State University’s Herberger School of Fine Arts, his folk art inspired works have been exhibited and collected both nationally and abroad. A sculptor as well as a painter, he has completed commissions for clients as diverse as, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Postal Service and the Perrier Corporation of Paris, France. His work is represented by Gebert Contemporary in Arizona and he is a current member of Eye Lounge Artist Collective on Roosevelt, in Phoenix. More work can be viewed at Whonelson.com.

“It’s a thrill to have my artwork chosen to represent Art Detour 27,” said Nelson upon hearing that his work had been chosen. “It’s a great annual event that invites everyone to discover the wonderful range of artists living and working in downtown Phoenix. I’m honored to have my image represent that experience this year.”

“I love John’s whimsical, pop art style,” said Sarah Levi, Artlink Vice President. “And I am a sucker for pattern, which he has so brilliantly tied together with other objects. He’s created a visual narrative with layers that really invite you to look at what is beneath the surface.”

A Weekend Arts Festival

Art Detour will coincide with March First Friday, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts related tours, exhibits and activities. “Detour-ists” will be invited to visit galleries and artist studios, learn about public art and murals from artist and knowledgeable docents, and much more.

A shuttle will circulate throughout downtown, making stops at neighborhood “Hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and more, where music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

Schedule of Events:

2/21 – The Art d’Core Gala – a festive party at Crescent Ballroom to celebrate all the ways that artists make our downtown exceptional

3/6 – Pre-Detour First Friday. March First Friday is typically one of the most popular of the year.

3/7 & 8 – Self-guided studio and art space tours. A map and shuttles will guide visitors to the open art stops.

Art Detour is free and offers programming appropriate for all ages.

About Art Detour Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, arts festival and self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year providing a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the downtown Phoenix Arts Community. The launch of Art Detour preceded and brought about the creation of the now-famous First Fridays Art Walk.

About Artlink

Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, businesses and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events including First Fridays Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; the year-round Pop Up Gallery Program; an annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more.

Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, 12 News, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Gammage & Burnham, Attorneys at Law, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Merchants Association.

 


Release: Artlink Seeks 2-D Work for Art Detour 27

your-art-here-homepageARTLINK SEEKS 2-D WORK FOR ART DETOUR 27

Artlink Inc. seeks to commission an artwork for Art Detour 27.  The work will be used in a designed format as the basis for the Art Detour 27 poster, postcard and other marketing materials. Local artists are encouraged to apply for this juried award that carries a $300 prize.

ABOUT ART DETOUR

Art Detour 27 will take place on March 7 & 8, 2015, throughout downtown Phoenix and beyond. Art Detour is the event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual daytime event provides visitors the opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown that are generally not open to the public. The event gives the artists the opportunity to invite questions about their work and work processes.

GENERAL THEME/GUIDELINES

Art Detour invites the public to discover the downtown Phoenix arts community by offering premiere access to downtown artists and art experiences.

The submitted artwork should create excitement and embody this sense of discovery and intimacy that the public experiences visiting private working studios and art spaces.

Specifications:

  • The artwork (s) must be a flat work in any size and medium – but versatile enough to be represented digitally in a variety of paper and electronic collateral. These include the poster (11” x 17”), postcards (4” x 6”) and online communications (varied dimensions).
  • The original piece will be displayed during Art Detour 27 and/or during the Gala on February 21, 2015.
  • Artlink will retain all rights to use work in any manner chosen.
  • The artist may be asked to work with designers to help format the poster, etc.  The original artwork will remain the property of the artist.

Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in Arizona.

Deadline for submissionsMonday, October 20, 2014 (midnight)

Digital representations must reach the Artlink board via email or flash drive. The work will be chosen and the announcement made on October 27, 2014.

The Artlink board reserves the right to change the project timeline.

HOW TO APPLY

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:

  • A high quality digital representation of the piece. Minimum 300dpi. This should be a JPG, TIFF. PDF or PNG file. Submission files will not be returned.
  • A note with current contact info.
  • A maximum of three works.
  • Titles, dates of completion, materials used in the original work, any other background information deemed necessary.

Please submit all materials to submissions@artlinkphoenix.org.

About Artlink

Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events. Ongoing community projects include support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; the year-round Pop Up Gallery Program; an annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, 12 News, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Gammage & Burnham, Attorneys at Law, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Merchants Association.


Artlink Annual Meeting News

The board of Artlink Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit behind the promotion of Phoenix’s monthly First Fridays Art Walk and the annual Art Detour, held its Annual Meeting on June 30, 2014.

The meeting was hosted by Phoenix Art Museum in Singer Hall. An estimated 80 people were in attendance, along with members of the Artlink Board and honored guests.

The Board Members present included: Catrina Kahler, Sarah Levi, Jill Bernstein, Phil Jones, Hugo Medina, Cole Reed, Kirby Hoyt, and Sally Russell. Board member Lisa Olsen was absent.

OPENING REMARKS

The meeting began with brief remarks by three guests: Jim Ballinger, Director of the Phoenix Art Museum, City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and David Krietor, President & CEO of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.

Jim Ballinger, Mayor Greg Stanton and Dave Krietor.

  • Jim Ballinger spoke briefly on his 45-year tenure at the museum and the massive changes in the downtown art scene during that time. He graciously thanked Artlink for the long collaboration and establishing PAM as an essential trolley hub for First Friday visitors, and mentioned the Andy Warhol portrait exhibition coming to PAM next spring!
  • Mayor Greg Stanton thanked Jim Ballinger for his long and illustrious service to the arts in Phoenix; spoke to the importance of the arts being leaders in creating the increased vibrancy in downtown; briefly touched on some new city policies; and accepted the role of Honorary Chair for both the Art d’Core Gala (Feb 2015), and Art Detour 27 (Mar 2015).
  • David Krietor talked about Artlink, connectivity in downtown, and how both millennials and baby boomers are deciding to move downtown. On behalf of the Artlink board, and as a thank you for Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s support and partnership, Catrina Kahler and Sarah Levi presented to Krietor the original painting by Marina Rynning, entitled “Living in Color,” the inspiration for this year’s Art Detour poster art and theme.

BOARD ELECTIONS

Welcome a-board Hillary Foose and Stephanie Lieb!

The first order of business for the evening focused on the unanimous election of two Artlink board members:

PROGRAM/COMMITTEE UPDATES

What is an “Articipant?”

Artlink President Catrina Kahler defined the Articipant approach to how Artlink functions: artists, galleries, art spaces and retail spaces are invited to sign up as Articipants annually in conjunction with Art Detour.

When you become an Articipant, you get included on the Art Detour Map, along with EVERY First and Third Friday map throughout the year; and as an Articipant you are eligible to apply to participate in Artlink’s Pop-up program, ticketed tours, and other promotional opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Apply to be an Articipant. Click here to review the application.

First Friday Trolley Tour
Artlink Board Member Phil Jones updated attendees on the current route, which includes four Artlink park and ride information hubs:

In addition to thee Hubs, there are a number of other stops along the route where the public is encouraged to hop off and hop on to get the full range of downtown arts experiences available on a First Friday – or any Friday!

Future plans include additional trolley tour signage, and working with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership Ambassadors to create more engaging and interactive Hubs.

Downtown Phoenix Art Tours
Artlink Vice President Sarah Levi provided information on the transition of our ticketed tour program. Originally launched as the Artlink Collectors Tour in Fall of 2012, the program has evolved. As we are developing our relationship with downtown hospitality venues, including the Phoenix Convention Center, the program has re-calibrated its scope to reach a broader audience of participants, beyond those who self-identify as “art collectors.” The new name of “Downtown Art Tour” broadens the scope of what we offer and to whom, but will retain the curated element, to insure an in-depth experience of the arts for participants.

Pop-up Gallery Program
Sarah reviewed the successes of the pop-up in the CityScape lobby during Art Detour and the current call to artists for “Refresh” the second pop-up exhibition in that location. She also shared the success of our pop-up in conjunction with the Eight’s Check Please! Arizona Festival, and Artlink’s plan to get art into many different downtown venues.

Juried Exhibition
Board Member Sally Russell announced this year will be Artlink’s 16th Annual Juried Exhibition. Sally provided background on the past exhibitions and the strategy behind changing the date from spring to fall this year. She let attendees know that the Call to Artists for the show would be going out soon, and that the opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 4. Location at the time of the meeting was TBD. There are small cash awards for the winner(s).

Reinvent Phoenix Grant
Board Member Kirby Hoyt provided a quick overview of the three main activities covered under Artlink’s grant for this program, which is focused on areas along the light rail, beyond the downtown core.

Activity One – Introduced by Board Member Hugo Medina. This is a series of mural projects being done in conjunction with schools. Final decisions on all of the sites is still in process, however, one school – Crockett Elementary – has already taken part in the process and has a fabulous new mural done by the students in conjunction with the artist Hugo Medina.

Activity Two – Introduced by Artlink Secretary Jill Bernstein. This activity involves the creation of community specific art banners at three different light rail stations: McDowell & Central, Roosevelt & Central, and 12th & Jefferson. A Call to Artists has gone out (with a deadline of July 21) and the project will be completed in September. This is part of a way-finding strategy that will brand each neighborhood that surrounds the station, and invites people to explore.

Activity Three – Introduced by Catrina. This is another element of way-finding that has two distinct elements:

  • The addition of arts and culture destinations to the new maps at light rail stations. Artlink was a major contributor to this content.
  • The creation of additional site-specific web content pages on the Metro Light Rail site that will enable people visiting that station/neighborhood to go deeper and learn more about surrounding neighborhoods at approximately 10-12 stations between 19th Ave and Glendale and 12th Street and Jefferson.

Art Detour/Art d’Core Gala
Catrina shared the Artlink calendar for the year (available on the Artlink website), which includes planning committee dates beginning in September, known dates for calls to artists, and all Detour, Gala-related, and general Artlink deadlines through next June.

We will be presenting the Art d’Core Gala once again in February and the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc will partner with Artlink once again on this great event. Stay tuned for the confirmed date and location.

  • Kids’ Detour – we are looking for someone to spearhead this element of next year’s event to make it better and more visible.

Volunteers
Catrina introduced our new Artlink Volunteer Coordinator – Brooks Werner. He will be recruiting and organizing the volunteers that Artlink needs throughout the year:

  • Information table staffing on First Fridays
  • Tour Docents on First Friday Trolleys
  • Assisting marketing efforts for special events: flyering, etc.

OPENING REMARKS – AND THANKS!

Artlink Board Member Cole Reed, spoke to the importance of communication. There are so many strong programs, and we as a community need to spread the word to make them successful.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our Annual Meeting! We appreciate your support and look forward to another great year linking downtown through the arts.

The 2014-2015 Artlink Board: (l-r) Cole Reed, Kirby Hoyt, Sarah Levi, Sally Russell, Jill Bernstein, Hugo Medina, Hillary Foose, Phil Jones, Catrina Kahler, Stephanie Lieb. Not pictured: Lisa Olson.

Special thanks to Andrew Pielage Photography!


Art Detour 26 Map

The 26th Annual Art Detour, March 8-9, 2014, will be an exceptional celebration of artists and their important contribution to the vibrancy of downtown Phoenix.

More than 100 spaces, including working artist studios, unique art spaces, galleries, cultural venues, restaurants and retailers will open their doors to make this the best two-day, all-access pass to the downtown arts scene in Detour’s 26-year history.

“Detour-ists” are invited to visit artists’ private working studios not typically open for viewing, explore Pop-Up Gallery exhibits exclusively planned for Art Detour, and to discover the colorful mural scene on walls, buildings and fences throughout downtown.

A free double-decker London bus will circulate, making stops at neighborhood “park-and-ride hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, CityScape, Arizona Center, and more, providing the public with a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment. The event coincides with First Friday, March 7, 2014, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts-related experiences, exhibitions and activities.

Review the map here, download it or pick it up a the weekend of March 7-9 at our Articipant locations.

View the map below or download a PDF of the the map here: MAP DOWNLOAD FILE


Release: Art Detour 26 + Art d’Core Gala Celebrate the Arts

Art Detour 26 is an All Access Pass to
More than 100 Downtown Art Venues ‘Living in Color’

Mayor Greg Stanton, Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Artlink Inc. Host
‘Art d’Core Gala’ Celebrating a ‘Downtown for Everyone’

PHOENIX – The 26th Annual Art Detour, March 8-9, 2014, will be an exceptional celebration of artists and their important contribution to the vibrancy of downtown Phoenix.

More than 100 spaces, including working artist studios, unique art spaces, galleries, cultural venues, restaurants and retailers will open their doors to make this the best two-day, all-access pass to the downtown arts scene in Detour’s 26-year history.  [See the full list of participants.]

“Detour-ists” are invited to visit artists’ private working studios not typically open for viewing, explore Pop-Up Gallery exhibits exclusively planned for Art Detour, and to discover the colorful mural scene on walls, buildings and fences throughout downtown.

A free double-decker London bus will circulate, making stops at neighborhood “park-and-ride hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, CityScape, Arizona Center, and more, providing the public with a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment. The event coincides with First Friday, March 7, 2014, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts-related experiences, exhibitions and activities.

Celebrate at the Art d’Core Gala March 1, 2014

Join the Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Artlink and other community partners on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Art d’Core Gala, a celebration of the significant role the arts have played in invigorating and adding color to our downtown.

Mayor Greg Stanton will be the featured speaker of the festive event at Crescent Ballroom, toasting business leaders, small business entrepreneurs, neighborhood groups, and the flourishing arts community in an expression of shared pride in Phoenix.

“It took everyone, including the City, business, neighborhood groups, entrepreneurs and artists to bring our city this far,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “We will continue working together to add the textures, flavors, and colors that strengthen our vibrant downtown and showcase this city we love. We are building a downtown that belongs to everyone.”

This free, “fun formal” affair will feature live music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; art installations featuring premiere local artists; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces. Guests are encouraged to dress colorfully with creative formal attire.

“Downtown artists and arts entrepreneurs are key players in the ongoing development of our vibrant downtown core,” said David Krietor, CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc. “The Art d’Core Gala is a party where everyone can come together to celebrate the positive impact the arts have had in our remarkable city.”

WHEN:  Saturday, March 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003

TICKETS:  There is no charge for this event, however, please RSVP to Art d’Core Gala

ATTIRE:  Dress colorfully! Creative formal attire encouraged.

HOSTED BY:  The Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Artlink Inc.

Art Detour 26 Schedule of Events:

3/1 – Art d’Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom – A festive, free, art-full celebration of our downtown hosted by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and benefiting Artlink Inc.

3/7 – Pre-Detour First Friday. March First Friday is one of the most popular of the year.

3/8-9 – Art Detour 26. A free, two-day immersive arts experience, with over 100 designated venues and free, circulating trolleys to help visitors enjoy self-guided studio, art space and gallery tours.

This free weekend event also offers programming for all ages, including family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” activities at participating venues.

“Artlink is excited to have partners like CityScape, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance who are helping connect Artlink to the broader downtown community,” said Catrina Kahler, President of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

About Artlink

Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events including the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; guided Collectors Tours; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink Inc. is supported by: Downtown Phoenix Inc., Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Phoenix Art Museum, CityScape, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Snell & Wilmer, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Members Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Urban Affair, 6th Ave. Gallery and Invexi Web Development.

About Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Downtown Phoenix, Inc., is a community development group created to organize and galvanize Downtown Phoenix. DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance while providing advocacy and support for the businesses, neighborhoods and community partners in greater Downtown Phoenix.

For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.

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Release: 26th Annual Art Detour is ‘Living in Color’

Winning Art Submission by Marina Rynning Celebrates a Community Filled with Art and Vitality

“Art Detour is one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar.” – City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Honorary Host Committee Chair of Art Detour

PHOENIX (December 5, 2013) – Art Detour, the event that launched downtown Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, returns for its 26th year on March 8 and 9, 2014. The two-day celebration invites the public to meet the artists and explore the art spaces that fill our downtown with color.

Living in Color

Looking for an image to represent this year’s celebration, Artlink issued a call for artists to submit artwork that would “create excitement and embody the sense of discovery and intimacy the public experiences when visiting private working studios and art spaces.” An image submitted by Marina Rynning entitled “Living in Color” was the final choice. Her abstract, colorful painting captures the invigorating spirit of the arts and the dynamic impact they have on our downtown life.

“Living in Color” by Marina Rynning

“When you do a painting it goes on to have a life of its own,” said Marina Rynning when asked about being chosen as the winning artist. “I was thrilled that the painting was chosen. I live in Phoenix and like what’s going on. I ride my bike and look at houses being renovated, and there is art everywhere. Phoenix is moving forward, becoming more colorful and exciting.”

“Art Detour is our community’s signature celebration,” said Catrina Kahler, President of Artlink’s board of directors. “Marina’s vibrant painting will serve as an invitation to fellow Phoenicians and Valley visitors, encouraging them to meet the working artist community and experience a downtown infused with the energy of the arts.”

A Weekend Arts Festival

Art Detour will coincide with March First Friday, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts related tours, exhibits and activities. “Detour-ists” will be invited to visit galleries and artist studios, learn about public art and murals from artist and knowledgeable docents, and much more.

A shuttle will circulate throughout downtown, making stops at neighborhood “hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and more, where music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

Schedule of Events:

3/1 – Special Celebration Event to be announced.

3/7 – Pre-Detour First Friday. March First Friday is typically one of the most popular of the year.

3/8-9 – Self-guided studio and art space tours. A map and shuttles will guide visitors to the open art stops.

The weekend event is free and offers programming appropriate for all ages, including the family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” presented by Phoenix Center for the Arts.

About Art Detour Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, arts festival and self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year providing a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the downtown Phoenix Arts Community. The launch of Art Detour preceded and brought about the creation of the now-famous First Fridays Art Walk.

About Artlink Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events including the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; guided Collectors Tours; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink Inc. is supported by: Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Phoenix Center for the Arts, The Torosian Foundation, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Urban Affair, 6th Ave. Gallery and Invexi Web Development.

For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.


Art Detour 26 Call for Artists

CALL FOR ARTISTS – ARTLINK SEEKS 2-D WORK FOR ART DETOUR 26

Artlink Phoenix seeks to commission an artwork for Art Detour 26.  The work will be used in a designed format as the basis for the Art Detour 26 poster, postcard and other marketing materials. Local artists are encouraged to apply for this juried award that carries a $300 prize.

ABOUT ART DETOUR

Art Detour 26 will take place on March 8 & 9, 2014, throughout downtown Phoenix and beyond. Art Detour is the event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual daytime event provides visitors the opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown that are generally not open to the public. The event gives the artists the opportunity to invite questions about their work and work processes.

GENERAL THEME/GUIDELINES

Art Detour invites the public to discover the downtown Phoenix arts community by offering premiere access to downtown artists and art experiences. 

The submitted artwork should create excitement and embody this sense of discovery and intimacy that the public experiences visiting private working studios and art spaces.

Specifications:

  • The artwork (s) must be a flat work in any size and medium – but versatile enough to be represented digitally in a variety of paper and electronic collateral. These include the poster (11” x 17”), postcards (4” x 6”) and online communications (varied dimensions).
  • The original piece will be displayed during Art Detour 26 and/or during the Gala on March 1, 2014.
  • Artlink will retain all rights to use work in any manner chosen.
  • The artist may be asked to work with designers to help format the poster, etc.  The original artwork will remain the property of the artist.

Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in Arizona.

Deadline for submissionsMonday, November 18, 2013 (end of day)

Digital representations must reach the Artlink board via email or flash drive. The work will be chosen and the announcement made on December 4, 2013.

The Artlink board reserves the right to change the project timeline.

HOW TO APPLY

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:

  • A high quality digital representation of the piece. Minimum 300dpi. This should be a JPG, TIFF. PDF or PNG file. Submission files will not be returned.
  • A note with current contact info.
  • A maximum of three works.
  • Titles, dates of completion, materials used in the original work, any other background information deemed necessary.

Please submit all materials to Nancy Hill, Art Detour Chair: nancy@artlinkphoenix.org


Art Detour Details: Participants, Tour Information and More!

25th Anniversary of Art Detour 25 This Weekend

FREE Two-Day Festival Celebrates the Downtown Phoenix Arts Community

Over 90 Galleries and Pop-Up Art Spaces Welcome Your Visit

Mayor Stanton: ‘One of the most important events on Phoenix’s calendar’ (read full letter here)

PHOENIX (February 27, 2013) – The event that launched Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon is returning to the streets of downtown Phoenix for its 25th year on March 2 and 3, 2013. The silver anniversary of Art Detour will take a historical look at the downtown arts scene, celebrate the many people who contributed to its success over the years, and recognize the artists, galleries, organizations and businesses contributing to the arts today.

Art Detour 25, organized by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will coincide with March First Friday, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts related tours, exhibits and activities. The event is free and offers programming appropriate for all ages. During Art Detour, visitors can visit galleries, including pop up spaces and mystery galleries; enter rarely open artist studios; take guided tours; engage in fun hands-on art activities; and much more.

Art Detour is a unique opportunity for the whole family to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

WHAT:   Art Detour 25 (25th Annual – Silver Anniversary)

WHEN:   Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, 11 am to 5 pm.

WHO:  Over 90 participating venues including artist studios, galleries, restaurants and temporary “pop-up” spaces.

WHERE:  Phoenix arts districts in and around Downtown Phoenix, including Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, Jackson Street, and Calle 16 (16th Street).

The First Stop! is at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, (1202 N. Third Street), where visitors will find maps at the information tables and access to the shuttles.

Visitors can also pick up maps and board shuttles from information tables at two additional Neighborhood Hub Stop locations:

  • Roosevelt Row A.R.T.S. Market – northeast corner of Roosevelt and 4th Streets (street parking).
  • Grand Avenue – southwest corner of Roosevelt St. and 15th Ave. (parking lot).

The shuttles will run on a continuous loop (20-minute anticipated runtime for full loop, pending traffic) through downtown. Visitors can also be able to walk, bike, take light rail, or drive to the destinations beyond the reach of the shuttle route.

A handy print map will be distributed at the Neighborhood Hub information tables. A digital version of the map is available for download here.

PARKING:       Free parking is available at Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. 3rd Street (the east end of Margaret T. Hance Park), at the southwest corner of 15th Avenue and Roosevelt as well as the Arizona Center parking garage. Street parking is also available throughout downtown.

INFO:               Visit www.artlinkphoenix.org or email info@artlinkphoenix.org

Art Detour Highlights:

Artlink Participants: Artist studio and art spaces have come together for one of the biggest Detours on record.

{9} The Gallery, >coffee, 1205 Space, 1Spot Gallery, 8 Day Coffee and Culture, A.E.England, After Hours Gallery (mystery gallery), ALAC – Galeria 147, ALAC Alley, Alwun House, Bliss / Rebar, Bob Adams Studio, Bokeh, Brush Party, Burton Barr Central Library, Carly’s Bistro, Christine Cassano – Artist, Circle 6 Studios, CityScape, Coe House Gallery, Coffee, Cookies & Crafts Indie Art and Craft Fair, Crowthings, Dave Loves Nancy, Deb’s Glass Designs & Revamped Retro, Diane L. Silver, Drive-Thru Gallery, Eye Lounge Artist Collective Gallery, First Studio, Five 15 Arts Gallery, Gallery Marsiglia, Gallery SUHU, Garfield Galleria, Goings Galleria, Grace Chapel Gallery, Green Haus, Grow op, Hazel & Violet, Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Hugo’s Art, Icehouse Arts, Icehouse Garden, Jackalope Trading Post, Kooky Krafts Shop, Larry McLaughlin & Kathy Taylor Fine Art Studio, Linda Ingraham, Lotus Contemporary Art, LoveLee Art Studio, MADE art boutique, Margaret Wright, Marshall Shore -Retro Spectacular, Matti Baine’s Studio, Merchantile, Michael Marlowe Studio, Modified Arts, monOrchid, monOrchid Artist Collective, Mud Daubler Cafe, Oasis on Grand, Obliq, Olivastro Oil & Balsamics, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Pop-Ups at Projects, Practical Art, Public (ART) Hanging, Red Light Martial Arts, Revival Art Collective, seven13sk8, Skyline Lofts (mystery gallery), Steel Door Studio, Studio #109, Studio 6, Studio 8, Studio Fillmore, Studio One18, The Collective at the Artery, The Commons, The Firehouse, The Frontal Lobe, The Gallery @ City Hall, The Groove (mystery gallery), The Hive, The Lodge, The Nash, Treehouse Bakery, trustgallery, Tuomisto, Bell Studio Foundry, Urban Beans / Tertio Wine Bar, Warehouse 1005, “What Should Go Here?” Pop Up Park, YAG Art Studio

A Public (ART) Hanging: This exhibition features visual artists from across the Valley. The display is located at Oasis on Grand, 1501 NW Grand Ave. The opening night preview and artist reception will take place on First Friday, March 1, from 6 to 10 p.m., and the gallery will be open on both Saturday and Sunday for Detour.

Participants: Aimee Shattuck, Amelia Kay, Amy Jackson, Ann Scardello, Anthony Galto, Beverly Jorgensen, Catherine Slye, Dan Pederson, Daniel Estrada, Daniel Langhans, Darrin Armijo-Wardle, Dawn O’Doul, Dinae Hartley, Doug Ashworth, Jane Cooper, Janet de Berge Lange, Jason Nye, Jeremy Preston, JoAnn Augur, Lacey Teets, Landy Headly, Laurie Brinkman, Maggie Keane, Mary Bradley, Melinda Foote, Michael Pruitt, Nick Roen, Pam Householder, Paul DeBenedetto, Paul Golfen, Rebecca Langford, Sharri Weinberg, Shawn Helton, Shelley Caniglia, Su Humphrey, Tawny Gamboa, Teresa Dendy, Tia Renshaw, Tiffany Ogden, Tobi Wilkins, Tony DiAngelis, Tracey Jenkins, Vicki Shaw, Winnie Liang, Yihyun Jeong

Mystery Galleries: These pop-up galleries are an Art Detour tradition. Each location hosts a group show.

  • The Groove (1028 Grand Ave) featuring Jake Beckman, Cheryl Marine, and Mike Morrison
  • Skyline Lofts (600 N 4th St #146) featuring Natascha Payton, Shari Bombeck, Patricia Sahertian, JA Jure
  • After Hours Gallery (116 W McDowell) featuring Fred Tieken and Nuna Dow

Kids’ Detour: Bring the kids and allow them to find their inner artist! Art Detour 25 is proud to include activities for the whole family. Many galleries participating this year are featuring kid-friendly exhibitions and activities. These may include workshops, demonstrations, finger-paint murals, sidewalk chalk and more.

Participants: ALAC – Galeria 147, Bokeh, Circle 6 Studios, Deb’s Glass Designs & Revamped Retro, Grace Chapel Gallery, Green Haus, Icehouse Garden, Kooky Krafts Shop, Linda Ingraham, MADE art boutique, monOrchid, Oasis on Grand, Obliq, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Practical Art, Studio  #109, Studio One18, The Firehouse, The Frontal Lobe, The Lodge, Warehouse 1005, “What Should Go Here?” Pop up Park, YAG Art Studio

Special Guided Tours:  Updated information will be available this weekend at the Phoenix Art Center and Neighborhood Hubs information booths.

Public Art Walking Tour (Saturday only)

Join two public art enthusiasts, Donna Reiner and Edward Jensen, as they help you uncover the art treasures of downtown Phoenix. Starting at the one-year old Gallery@City Hall, you will explore the convention center, swing pass the Herberger Theater, discover the sculpture at the Sheraton Hotel, tromp down Taylor Mall, and conclude with “Her Secret is Patience” at Downtown Civic Space Park.

The Public Art Walking Tours are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm. Wear comfortable shoes!

Studio Tour – Jackson Street Studios and Bentley Projects (Sunday only)

The first tour starts at 2:00 pm at the Phoenix Art Center, makes a stop at Roosevelt Row Arts Market and then continues down to Jackson Street.  The tour will visit four separate working artists studios at Jackson Street (Michael Marlowe, Linda Ingraham, Diane Silver and Bob Adams), then re-board the bus to visit the Popup Galleries at Bentley Projects, before making the return trip to the Phoenix Art Center. The second tour begins at 3:30 and repeats the circuit.

These free Studio Tour tours are scheduled at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Calle 16

This is a self-guided tour of the incredible 16th Street area murals. Maps can be picked up at the Hive at 2222 N. 16th Street.

Art Detour 25 is made possible through the support of these partners: City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, The Arizona Republic, Arizona Center, CityScape, Roosevelt Point, Roosevelt Row CDC, Grand Avenue Merchants Association and Phoenix Center for the Arts, Equipped Business Solutions, FASTSIGNS, International Printing Company, Oasis on Grand, Fair Trade Café, Lincoln Family YMCA, JPJ Productions, American Valet, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Echo Magazine, Ion Arizona Magazine and Java Magazine.

About Art Detour

Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year, and provides a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the arts in downtown Phoenix. This year marks our 25th anniversary and we’ve opened a portal to our past with the “Detour in Time” historic retrospective of Art Detour on view in Artlink’s A.E. England gallery. The exhibition premiered at our Silver Gala held last Saturday, February 23.

About Artlink:

Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and promote a thriving arts community in Central Phoenix. Artlink promotes a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year, including First Fridaysthe country’s largest self-guided gallery tour, and also operates two downtown galleries at Heritage & Science Park and the A.E. England Building. Both gallery spaces are committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, the promotion of the First Friday Art Walk and Third Friday Collectors Tour, annual Juried Exhibition, and the annual Artlink Art Detour. For more information, visit: artlinkphoenix.org.  Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, The Torosian Foundation, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Obliq Art, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development.

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Thank You Mayor Stanton!

Mayor Stanton on Art Detour: ‘One of the most important events on Phoenix’s calendar’


The Art Detour 25 Map Is Here!

Click the images to view full screen versions.

Download PDF files here:
Map A – Downtown Shuttle Route
Map B – Midtown/Uptown/Tour Schedules

Map A – Downtown Map and shuttle route.

Map B – Midtown/Uptown map, scheduled tour info and more.


Arizona Center Gallery Hosts Detour Anniversary Preview with Fred Tieken

GALLERY HOSTS ANNIVERSARY PREVIEW EVENT WITH SPECIAL GUEST, FRED TIEKEN
Phoenix Obliq Art Gallery Hosts First Friday’s Event for the 25th Anniversary of Art Detour

Downtown Phoenix’s Obliq Art gallery will honor the upcoming Artlink Phoenix’s 25th Anniversary of Art Detour with a special gallery showing of acclaimed contemporary artist Fred Tieken. Tieken, along with the paintings of Richard and Michele Bledsoe, will be at the Arizona Center art gallery from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Tieken’s original painting titled, “The Artist,” has been chosen as the official visual of Art Detour 25 (see it here!), and will be on display at Obliq Art during the February 1 event. This special First Friday showing of Tieken’s award-winning works will offer a preview to the upcoming 25th Annual Art Detour on March 2-3, 2013. Husband and wife artists Richard and Michele Bledsoe, along with the music of Kimberly Steele will also take part in the celebratory evening of local art.

Larry Ortega, owner of Obliq Art at the Arizona Center, whom also serves as the center’s commercial real estate broker said, “We are delighted to have Fred Tieken show at our downtown Phoenix gallery. Obliq is honored to serve the local community with outstanding art and artists such as Tieken and the
Bledsoes.”

Committed to the downtown community, Arizona Center is actively catering to the local business and art scene with unique shops and venues such as the gallery. Obliq, the contemporary urban “pop up” gallery space, promotes Arizona and Phoenix artists and connects local art with the emerging art scene of
downtown. With Tieken’s works and “Changing Lanes,” the art of husband and wife team Richard and Michele Bledsoe, the event showing at the Arizona Center for February’s First Friday offers a unique opportunity to Valley art lovers to meet the artists personally during their exhibit event.

The historic 25-year Art Detour celebration will look back at the history of the art scene in downtown. The celebration will kick off with an opening Silver Gala on Saturday, February 23 at the A.E. England Building in Downtown’s Civic Space Park. The Art Detour weekend (March 2-3) will feature a broad array of open studios and galleries, Kids’ Detour activities, and free trolleys.

Fred Tieken and “Changing Lanes” by Richard and Michele Bledsoe are free and open to the public on February 1, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Obliq Art in Arizona Center, 455 N. Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

More About Arizona Center:
Arizona Center is owned by CommonWealth REIT, a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which primarily owns office and industrial properties located throughout the United States. The property is managed by Reit Management & Research LLC, Real Estate Services. For more information about Arizona Center, visit www.arizonacenter.com. For leasing inquiries, contact Larry Ortega at 602-222-5019.

About Fred Tieken:
Before he first put brush to canvas, Fred Tieken had enjoyed successful careers as both a musician and graphic designer.

For more than 30 years, he was principal designer and creative director of his internationally recognized graphic design firm. During that time he received over 200 design awards and, in 1999, he was named one of the top 50 art directors in the world by Art Direction magazine. Prior to his career in design, Fred
was a prolific musician and producer, releasing numerous albums and singles that are still in demand by collectors. His music has been featured on compilation albums, both in the United States and Europe.

Fred’s abstract contemporary and figurative paintings have received critical acclaim and enthusiastic coverage from the media. His paintings come from the heart and tell the story of his life experience.

Fred created his first public work of art in March 2012, when he was commissioned to create the art for a 126-foot-long mural located two blocks west of Phoenix Art Museum at Third Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2010, Fred’s paintings have been featured in more than twenty juried
exhibitions and one-man shows in Arizona and California. For more information about Fred Tieken, visit www.freddietieken.com.

About Richard Bledsoe:
A painter of parables and fables, Richard Bledsoe’s original art pursues a spiritual energy represented as patterns, animals or figures of power. Images presented as flashes or inspiration, complete a visualization for each of the artist’s work.

About Michele Bledsoe:
As a self-taught artist, Michele Bledsoe illustrates her own private symbolism cultivated in isolation, allowing her to spontaneously develop her own vision. Bledsoe’s work is the result of a lifetime love of creating pictures, and intimately works every inch of the canvas with small, exact strokes, layering colors
and incorporating texture, wood grain, crumbling stone, twisting ribbon and curling leaves.

For more information and the works of Richard and Michele Bledsoe, visit www.remodernamerica.com.


Detour to Kick Off with Silver Gala

 

25th Anniversary of Art Detour March 2-3, 2013

‘Silver Gala’ Celebrates Downtown Phoenix Arts Community Saturday, February 23

 

PHOENIX (January 17, 2013) – Join Artlink as it celebrates the 25th annual Art Detour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 2 and 3, 2013 in downtown Phoenix. Art Detour, the event that launched Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, returns for its Silver Anniversary to showcase the local artists, galleries, organizations and businesses who have made the downtown arts community come alive. Activities include arts related tours, exhibits, hands-on kids’ activities (Kids’ Detour!), music and performance art, and much more.

WHAT:            Art Detour 25

WHO:              Downtown Phoenix artists, performers, gallery owners, curators and patrons of the arts.

WHEN:            Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:          Participating venues throughout greater downtown Phoenix.

HOW:              A shuttle will circulate throughout downtown, making stops at neighborhood “hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and more, where music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

“Silver Gala” A New Addition to the Annual Art Detour Event

In honor of Art Detour’s 25th Anniversary, the “Silver Gala” will celebrate 25 years of the downtown arts community and its contribution to the development of downtown Phoenix. The fun, formal affair will kick off the 25th Detour in style.

WHEN:            Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7 p.m.

WHERE:          A.E. England Building, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004 (Civic Space Park)

TICKETS:        Limited tickets as well as sponsorship options are available. Tickets are $60 or $100 for two. (Art Detour participants receive two tickets with registration.)

Tickets are on sale now with all proceeds benefiting Artlink, the all-volunteer run 501(3) nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix.

PARKING:       Valet parking, nearby garages and street parking are also available. The A.E. England Building is steps away from the Van Buren/Central Light Rail Station.

INFO :              Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year and also operates the A.E. England Gallery, which is committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Third Friday Collectors Tour; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.

Artlink Inc. is supported by: Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Fair Trade Café, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development.

 

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Release: 25th Annual Art Detour Celebrates ‘The Artist’


Winning Art Submission by Fred Tieken Captures Spirit of Silver Anniversary Event

PHOENIX (January 10, 2013) – Art Detour, the event that launched downtown Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, returns for its Silver Anniversary on March 2 and 3, 2013, and will celebrate those who have made the past 25 years possible: the local artists.

Art Detour 25, organized by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will take a historical look at the artists who contributed to its success over the years, as well as the galleries, organizations and businesses who embrace and promote downtown Phoenix artists and their work today.

A Showcase for the Local “Artist”
Looking for an image to represent this historic event, Artlink issued a call for artists last Fall, and selected an image submitted by Fred Tieken entitled “The Artist.” The contemporary painting captures the spirit of the 25th Anniversary of this historical event, spotlighting the individual artists who have made the downtown arts community come alive.

“The Artist” by Fred Tieken.

“Gail and I have always been fans of the vibrant art scene in downtown Phoenix and have attended many First Fridays and Art Detours over the years,” said Tieken, a Phoenix resident since 1986. “It’s funny how life takes you places. A few years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would be exhibiting my art in downtown Phoenix, let alone providing the art for the 25th anniversary of Art Detour. I am so excited to be involved in the event once again.”

Tieken’s support of Art Detour stretches back to the early days. As a professional graphic designer, he created the collateral materials for the 1990 Art Detour, which incorporated one of long-time Phoenix artist Michael Marlowe’s scratchboard illustrations. After selling his graphic design business, Tieken made the transition to fine art in 2010. For Art Detour in 2012, Tieken was commissioned by Dan Vermillion to create artwork for a 126’-long mural for the side of his building on 3rd Avenue and McDowell.

“The Silver Anniversary of Art Detour celebrates the very foundation of the downtown arts scene – the individual artists,” said Mike Oleskow, President of Artlink’s volunteer board of directors. “What better way to tell that story, to underscore the significance of the local artist community, than in a work of art?”

Art Detour Chair Nancy Hill agreed, “We couldn’t be more proud to display Fred Tieken’s exquisite work on this year’s poster and other promotional materials. His ‘Artist’ will literally be the face of Art Detour 25.”

A Weekend Arts Festival

Art Detour will coincide with March First Friday, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts related tours, exhibits and activities. “Detour-ists” will be invited to visit galleries and artist studios, learn about public art and murals from artist and knowledgeable docents, and much more.

A shuttle will circulate throughout downtown, making stops at neighborhood “hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and more, where music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

Schedule of Events:
2/23 – Silver Gala. Fun, formal affair to toast the arts community and kick off the 25th Anniversary in style.
3/1 – Pre-Detour First Friday. March First Friday is typically one of the most popular of the year.
3/2-3 – Self-guided tours. A map and shuttles will guide visitors to the open art stops.
3/2 – Walking Public Art Tours. Knowledgeable docents will guide visitors to points of interest.
3/3 – Guided Studio Tours. An intimate look at working studio spaces.

The weekend event is free and offers programming appropriate for all ages, including the family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” presented by Phoenix Center for the Arts, which will also serve as Art Detour’s First Stop, offering free parking.

Artists are also invited to participate in the second annual “Public Hanging,” the cleverly named juried exhibition featuring visual artists from across the Valley.

To participate, sponsor or volunteer please visit artlinkphoenix.org or email Art Detour Chair Nancy Hill at nancy@artlinkphoenix.org.

Artlink Inc. is supported by: Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development.

About Art Detour Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, arts festival and self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year providing a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the downtown Phoenix Arts Community. The launch of Art Detour preceded and brought about the creation of the now-famous First Fridays Art Walk.

About Artlink Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year and also operates the A.E. England Gallery, which is committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Third Fridays Gallery Tour; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.

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