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
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.”
A 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater downtown Phoenix will be featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.
PHOENIX (December 12, 2014) – Artlink Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown Phoenix arts community. Artlink invites artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to our vibrant downtown culture to become Artlink Articipants. Articipants can take advantage of a variety of promotional opportunities throughout the year like First Friday, Art Detour and more.
As Artlink gears up for the Third Annual Art d’Core Gala (Feb 21, 2014) and the 27th Annual Art Detour (Mar 7-8, 2015), registration to become an Artlink Articipant is now open. Based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Restaurants/Bars/Retail), Articipants receive a wide range of year-round benefits designed to help promote their arts and culture endeavors (beginning February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016).
“The programs promoted by Artlink are tied to the activity of this arts community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “Artlink supports the effort of artists and businesses in the creative sector to produce diverse and accessible arts experiences for the public throughout the year.”
Art d’Core Gala: In partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Artlink and other community partners host an exceptional celebration that spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic urban core. The festivities include music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; a special address by Mayor Greg Stanton; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces.
Art Detour: Art Detour is the event that launched the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual event provides the public with an opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments, to invite questions about their work and their work processes, and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown Phoenix that are not generally open to the public.
First Fridays Trolley Tour: Over the past two decades, the First Fridays Art Walk has evolved into major monthly celebration that draws anywhere from 12-20,000 people every month. Artlink provides complimentary trolley service that enables the public to pick up a First Friday map, park and ride from four information hubs, and hop on/hop off at galleries all along the way. The trolley circulates throughout downtown connecting downtown arts venues and districts, from the Phoenix Art Museum, to the popular Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as CityScape, the Warehouse district, and the Arizona Center. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys and help guide new and returning visitors.
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 and arts spaces.
These opportunities include a Pop-Up Gallery program that features exhibitions of 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 that will be rolled out over the coming months.
The registration deadline is December 31, 2014. Get full details on Articipant levels and benefits at http://artlinkphoenix.org/articipants/.
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 Merchants Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.
Weekend Festival Celebrates the Downtown Phoenix Art Scene
PHOENIX (August 2, 2012) – 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 edition of the 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.
“Art Detour is one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar,” Mayor Greg Stanton said. “Few events do as much to enrich the lives of Phoenicians and give exposure to local businesses and artists. Twenty-five years is a milestone. It should remind all of us to continue to support the arts so the next generation can experience all that Phoenix has to offer.”
Nancy Hill, Artlink Vice President and Art Detour Chair, said this event is the best kind of downtown community celebration.
“We have had extensive conversations with the community and representatives of the major downtown arts districts,” Hill said. “There is genuine excitement about the opportunity to showcase what artists have done – and will continue to do – for downtown.”
Reception at Crescent Ballroom during Art Detour 24. Photo by Bryan Mok.
During this festive weekend, visitors can visit galleries and artist studios, take bicycle tours, learn about public art and murals from artist and knowledgeable docents, and much more.
Music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.
To participate, sponsor or volunteer please visit www.artlinkphoenix.org or email Art Detour Chair Nancy Hill at email@example.com.
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 www.artlinkphoenix.org.
Nancy Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org (480) 544-2162
Catrina Kahler, email@example.com (602) 579-2988
PHOENIX (March 15, 2012) – The Downtown Phoenix arts community welcomes the return of the self-guided art tour that started the First Fridays phenomenon: Art Detour 24. The two-day event will take place Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm., and Sunday, March 18, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
During this festive weekend, visitors will have the opportunity visit art galleries, artist studios, take bicycle tours, learn about public art and murals from knowledgeable docents and much more.
Music and performance art will also be a part providing visitors with a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.
WHAT: Art Detour 24 (24th annual)
WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
WHO: 70 participating venues including art studios, galleries, restaurants and temporary “pop-up” spaces.
WHERE: Phoenix arts districts in and around Downtown Phoenix, including Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and Calle 16 (16th Street).
The First Stop! is at Arizona Center (400 E. Van Buren St.), with the London Bus shuttles departing from 3rd Street, near AMC Theatres. Live entertainment and kids activities will entertain visitors waiting for the next shuttle.
Visitors can also pick up maps from information tables and access the shuttles from 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 will also be able to walk, bike, Light Rail or drive to the 70 destinations beyond the reach of the shuttle route.
A digital version of the map is available for download here. Maps will also be distributed at the information tables.
PARKING: Arizona Center is providing FREE PARKING in their garage, accessible from Fillmore St. between 3rd and 4th Streets (MAP).
INFO: Visit www.artlinkphoenix.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Detour Highlights:
First Stop! at Arizona Center: While waiting for the shuttle, visitors can enjoy live music, dance and comedy performances. Sunday performances include a variety of cultural performance dance groups, plus live music and child-friendly craft activities.
Saturday, March 17
12 noon – Toby Fatzinger (Indie Folk)
1 p.m. – Ruth Lara Vichules & Simon Ames (Jazz & Latin American Roots)
2 p.m. – Alan Jones (Jazz duo)
3 p.m. – City Jazz (Jazz Quartet)
4 p.m. – Crisis (Original Rock/Boomer rock)
Sunday, March 18
12 noon – Bradley & Arianne (Folk duo)
1 p.m. – Torch Theater (Adult Improv)
2 p.m. – Mahin Sciacca (Belly dancer)
2:30 p.m. – Tir Conail Academy (Irish Step Dancers)
3 p.m. – Jeff Falk as Pigaletto 3:00-3:15
3:30 p.m. – All Rights Reserved (Teen Improv)
4 p.m. – Ballet Folklorica de Tolleson
A Public Hanging!
Of art that is. This cleverly named exhibition features visual artists from across the Valley. The display is located at Artlink’s A.E. England Gallery in Civic Space Park.
Participating restaurants will be offering a discount or deal to those event visitors wearing a special sticker available at the three information tables.
Special Guided Tours
From the First Stop! at Arizona Center or the Neigborhood Hub Stops in Roosevelt and Grand, visitors can explore public art, murals and art moments from the past.
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 pm. Sunday. Depart from Visit Roosevelt, Grand Ave. explore murals, art studios and more.
History Echoes Tour
2 p.m. Sunday – discover PHX’s art moments of the past with Hipstorian Marshall Shore.
• 12 noon Saturday and Sunday – ride to the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market and Oasis on Grand Ave.
• 4:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday – tour Midtown, Uptown and Coronado Neighborhoods. (Ages 21+)
Public Art Walking Tours – Both routes depart from the Arizona Center at 11am and 2pm on Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday.
• Arizona Center
• Robert Miley installation in the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix valet drop-off area
• Streetscape along Taylor Street (between 3rd and 2nd Streets)
• Joseph “Sentrock” Perez mural at Downtown Phoenix Public Market
• W.P.A. murals in the Post Office
• End at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space, see Janet Echelman’s “Her Secret is Patience”
• Arizona Center
• P.C.C. North – “Halo,” “Arizona Handshake,” “A Moment at the Narrows,” “Arizona Beach,” and more
• P.C.C. South, east side – Statues along fence close to 5th St
• P.C.C. South, west side – “Arizona Bolas”
• Collier Center – Otto Rigan installation outside Bank of America branch
• 3rd St METRO station – more of “Arizona Bolas”
• P.C.C. West – “Art is a Guaranty of Sanity”
• Herberger Theatre – John Waddell statues, etc.
• End at Arizona Center
Broad Community Participation
Art Detour’s diverse base of participating art galleries and activities promises something for everyone, from
the established arts collector to those who are new to the arts and interested in learning more.
List of participants: 1205 space, 515 Arts Gallery A.E. England Gallery, ALAC – Galeria 147, Alliance Bank, Alter Ego Studio Alwun House, Arizona Center Gallery #1, Art Awakenings, Artlink gallery at Heritage Square, Bliss/ReBAR, Bokeh Gallery, Braggs Pie Factory Gallery, Carly’s Bistro, Circle 6 – Gallery, Circle 6 – Studio, Civic Space Park, Crescent Ballroom, Deise Studio, Deus ex Machina, Ecocentricity, Eye Lounge, Firehouse, First Studio, G.L. Parsel, Gallery Marsiglia, gallery SUHU, Garfield Galleria, Goings Galleria, greenHAUS, Hazel, Hjalmarson Pottery, Iambic Alamo, Icehouse Arts, Jackson Street Studios, jordre studio & poolside gallery, Kooky Krafts, Legend City Studios, Liquid Colour Design and Gallery, Longhouse, Made Boutique, Margaret, Wright Photography, Marilyn Szabo Studio, Michael Anderson Studio, Modified Arts, monOrchid, monOrchid Artist Collective, Oasis on Grand, Oaxaca restaurante y cantina, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Natural Medicine & Detox Center, Phoenix Public Market, Practical Art, Purple Wall Studios, Rae’s Art Gallery @ salon 1219, Release the Fear @ Grace Chaple, Revera Beauty, seven13sk8, Spread the Weird, Studio 6, Tent and Sheridan, The Collective in the Artery, The Gallery@City Hall, The Hive, Tilt Gallery, Turf irish Pub, Vermillion Studio Collective, Warehouse 1005 and Willo North
Kids’ Detour Activities:
This year’s event will also include Kids’ Detour designed to provide free family-friendly art activities at a variety of gallery spaces Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Saturday, March 17
10 a.m. 1 p.m. – Try your hand at painting a masterpiece at Rossen House at Heritage Square
12 noon to 3 p.m. – “Play with Your Food” at the Phoenix Art Museum
Sunday, March 18
12 noon to 3 p.m. – First Stop! at Arizona Center hosts painting and crafts, face painting, performances from Arizona Jewish Center Teen Improv and a “Clothesline Art” display featuring work from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Autism Speaks/Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)
Kids’ Detour Participating Galleries (hosting child-friendly art exhibits and activities):
Arizona Center Gallery #1, Bokeh Gallery, Circle 6 – Gallery, Civic Space Park, Crescent Ballroom, Firehouse, Goings Galleria, Hazel, Hjalmarson Pottery, Iambic Alamo, Jackson Street Studios, Legend City Studios, Longhouse, Made Boutique, monOrchid , Phoenix Public Market, Practical Art, Release the Fear @ Grace Chaple, Revera Beauty, seven13sk8, Spread the Weird, The Hive
Art Detour 24 is made possible through the support of these partners: Alliance Bank, Arizona Center, Autism Speaks, Bryan Mok Design and Photography, DotZ Social, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Invexi Web Development, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Convention Center, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Roosevelt Row CDC, Waugh Communications, Jennifer Ignaszewski and all Friends of Artlink including Art Detour participants, tour guides and volunteers.
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 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.
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 Fridays, the 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 Gallery Tour, annual Juried Exhibition, the annual Artlink Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. For more information, visit: artlinkphoenix.org