Most people stumble upon the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery while walking through the Pavilions shopping center off of the Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. It is a surprise to find a gallery in that location, between Hobby Lobby and Sports Authority. But visitors are pleasantly surprised by the variety of art on display and the gift items for sale.
The Gallery has been open for two years. It is a non-profit, all-volunteer gallery representing more than 35 art organizations and more than 4,000 artists throughout Arizona. The gallery rotates art every four to six weeks, with different shows throughout the year. On display you will find paintings, sculpture, glass, wood, and jewelry.
Stop by during the week (Wednesday through Sunday) through Sept. 2 for the “Beat the Heat with Very Cool Art” summer show.
IF YOU GO
What: Arizona Art Alliance Gallery, 6,600-square-foot gallery and gift shop featuring art from more than 100 juried artists. Artwork is also exhibited in empty retail stores near the main gallery.
When: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays
Where: The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 9011 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
Cost: Free admission; art and gifts are available for sale
Information: (602) 870-7610 or www.azartalliance.com
Arizona Art Alliance Gallery also offers artistic workshops, including:
• Watercolor with Kathryn Tartaglia - This class for all levels focuses on eliminating the intimidation from painting with watercolors. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11, 18 and 25. $35 per session.
• Painting with Love with Kelby Love - Learn color mixing, how to hold brushes and make brush strokes, and good composition in this workshop where you’ll complete a painting in one day, even if you think you cannot paint. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30. $80.
• The Art of Painting Elegant Sunsets with John Horejs - Discover how to use only seven basic colors and white to create dramatic paintings that capture the intensity of Arizona skies. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8. $95.
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