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The Arts Dept. – Glass is back in session
What’s The Buzz – Grant Ferguson to rock the Compound Grill
This Just In – Summer Spectacular ArtWalk announced
Street Scene – Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District
Fresh Paint – Modern heroes revealed at the Olney Gallery
Faces & Places – Kathy Duley to head Grand Canyon Celebration
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


Scottsdale’s Glass Act ArtWalk is back in session

The Glass Act ArtWalk blows into town once again, bringing brilliant glass art to the Scottsdale Arts District on Thurs., Apr. 12 from 7-9pm. The 4th annual event is hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) in conjunction with the City of Scottsdale.

Glass Act ArtWalk

This one-of-a-kind event features beautiful artistry by some of Arizona’s finest glass artists. Dozens of fine art galleries will be open to the public, hosting receptions and artists of every style, with special glass art events to be found inside Marshall-LeKae, Occasions by Design!, and other fine galleries. Live glass art demonstrations can be found on both Main Street and Marshall Way featuring experts from the Arizona Glass Alliance, with individual presentations by Peggy Pettigrew Stewart, Laurie Nessel and Kimberly Calvert.

As always, there will be other delights throughout the Arts District. Live music will feature jazz saxophonist Mary Petrich, folky roots music from The Blue Goats, south-of-the-border sounds from Bossa Nossa (aka always-popular Zarco & Carmen Guerrero), the contemporary flute of Sherry Finzer & Radiant Sky, the soul sounds of Simon Crown and the smooth keyboard craftings of Grady Soine whose new CD – featuring a glass heart as its cover art – will be premiered at the event. Awesome prize giveaways and other special doings will also be found along the ArtWalk route.

The Scottsdale Arts District can be found just west of Scottsdale Road and Indian School Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. There are plenty of nearby free parking areas, and easy access to local hotels or famed Scottsdale eateries. ArtWalkers will have the advantage of hitching a ride on free Scottsdale Trolleys or aboard horse-drawn carriages between Main Street and Marshall Way.

Additional information and a calendar of individual gallery events is available via the Scottsdale Arts District website at

Media: Full press release available


Grant Ferguson to rock the Compound Grill

Great guitar is back and in the very capable hands ofArizona’s own Grant Ferguson, whose potent band will top the bill at Compound Grill on Wednesday, March 28. Hot on the heels of his excellent new CD, Decay &Grant Ferguson at Compound GrillDevotion (Melodik Records), Ferguson and his label are launching a new series of “White Room” concerts to celebrate great rock ‘n roll and feature the best of regional talent.

Bringing electricity to each White Room Production will be “choice” opening acts and surprise guests, considered to be extra “worthy” for their guitar prowess. In addition to Ferguson, the March 28 White Room event features two great regional guitarists, blues-based Boneyard with Carole Pellatt (an extremely potent band with some of Phoenix’s first-call musicians) along with multi-string artist Billy Cioffi, who will open the show.

White Room is presented by Melodik Productions in conjunction with Southwest Arts & Music and The Compound Grill. You can find The Compound Grill at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. just south of the 101 on Scottsdale Road and west two blocks on Mayo Blvd. Phone: 480.585.LIVE (5483). Tickets are $10 and available at the door. A portion of proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Arizona World Music Initiative. Visit for a taste of what’s on hand.


Summer Spectacular ArtWalk announced

Summer in the desert can be very “cool”... if you know where to go. Mark your calendars for the 23rd annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, which is sure to be the “coolest” place around on Thurs., July 5 from 7 to 9 pm. This popular event is presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and Scottsdale Downtown. More details to come…


Scottsdale features live music every Saturday and Thursday

New this Spring in the Scottsdale Arts District are expanded musician locations for both the “Thursday Tunes” and “Saturday Sounds” music series at ArtWalk. Look for several new faces to pop up and provide ambience for the galleries as part of the Arts District’s Street Performer Program. See all the details by clicking the links below!

Thursday Tunes Saturday Sounds


Kathy Duley to head Grand Canyon Celebration

Kathy Duley has accepted the position of Celebration of Art Coordinator for the Grand Canyon Association. Duley had previously served on the Celebration of Art Task Force, sharing her expertise and advice with GCA as a volunteer for the past three years. 

Duley has been involved in the arts community in Phoenix for more than 20 years – owning her own gallery in Scottsdale, serving as a Docent for the Phoenix Art Museum, and working at the Scottsdale Artists’ School.   She has also helped produce the very popular Scottsdale Art Walk for the past decade, serving as president of the Scottsdale Gallery Association. She is currently Executive Director of startup Up With Downtown Scottsdale. 

 Her love of the Grand Canyon started more than 30 years ago, and she is a frequent visitor and canyon hiker. In her own words, Kathy says, “I have two passions in life – art and the Grand Canyon.” 

Those passions will come together at the 4th annual Celebration of Art exhibition and sale which will take place at Kolb Studios on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from September 15 through November 25, 2012.
Proceeds will be dedicated to the goal of funding an art venue on the South Rim. Visit for more information."


Modern Heroes Revealed at the Olney Gallery

The Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral Proudly Presents:
Modern Heroes Revealed: Saints for a New Age - Tudor Paul Scripor
Romanian Iconographic Paintings in Byzantine Tradition
Exhibition runs March 2-April 2, 2012
As a part of his visit and exhibition in Phoenix from Clug, Romania, internationally collected iconographer, Tudor Scripor, will be conducting two of his highly sought after workshops using reverse glass painting and egg tempera and fresco style techniques. Workshops are full day and will be held in the Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral. The cost is $40.00 per workshop and includes materials and lunch. Payment is required in advance to confirm your reservation.

There are still a few seats left in both workshops – call 602-723-1653 now to reserve your space:

Workshop Dates:
March 24, 2012, 10 am– 5 pm, 5 seats left  Glass Painting
March 31, 2012, 10 am – 5 pm, 8 Seats left   Egg Tempura and Fresco Style

Image: "Gandhi" from the Modern Heroes Revealed show


“Isn’t life strange?
A turn of the page,
a book without light,
unless with love we write.
To throw it away,
to lose just a day,
the quicksand of time…
you know it makes me want to cry, cry, cry…”
– by John Lodge from The Moody Blues Seventh Sojourn (Threshold)


Media Calendar Editors – Please Include Us!

Every Thursday

Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

Every Thursday

Thursday Tunes Concert Series 7-9pm
along Main Street and Marshall Way
Downtown Scottsdale Arts District
See above for scheduled musicians

Every Saturday

Saturday Sounds Concert Series 1-3pm
along Main Street and Marshall Way
Downtown Scottsdale Arts District
See above for scheduled musicians

Wednesday, March 28

Grant Ferguson & Special Guests                       
8pm at The Compound Grill

Thursday, April 12

A Glass Act ArtWalk, FREE                       
50 years ago some genius realized that glass need have only one function – to dazzle. This event celebrates that breakthrough.
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

Wednesday, May 5

White Room featuring Grant Ferguson                       
Doors open 6pm at The Rhythm Room

Thursday, July 5

Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, FREE                       
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

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