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Scottsdale ArtWalk

Things To Do In Arizona: The Scottsdale ArtWalk

In Arizona sometimes the heat of the evening has folks taking shelter within their homes. The Scottsdale ArtWalk, however, is an event that seems to bring everyone out on a Thursday night if even for a few hours.

The hustle and bustle of Scottsdale invites shoppers to its fabulous stores and unique restaurants, but another event that appeals to natives and visitors alike is a chance to see the diverse creations that only the Scottsdale ArtWalk can feature.

ArtWalk is held each Thursday night from 7-9 in Downtown Scottsdale. Seeking a way to spend a fun evening together, my boyfriend and I set out to experience ArtWalk for the first time.

We started our visited with the Ostrovsky Fine Art Gallery that had the featured artist present. The more galleries we visited the more there seemed to be at least one of the artists present. Some artists had new pieces that they were completing or were working on while visitors searched the gallery.

Many of the art pieces depicted the landscape of Arizona in ways that show the beauty of our great state that is not often depicted.

What makes this experience amazing is the versatility from what you chose to explore and how the galleries change. Adding wine tasting or even a quick bite to eat at a restaurant can only enhance the experiences that await at every turn.

The food options are an art form of their own, as we soon discovered. There are a variety of restaurants within driving distance. Another treat is hearing the clip-clop of what can only be the sound of horses approaching as policemen patrol on horseback. Too tired to continue your journey? No problem. There are helpful people in golf carts that offer visitors a ride to their cars.

Being cooped up during most of the day due to the heat or work, it was nice to be able to be outside no matter how briefly. My boyfriend loves photography and took advantage of Scottsdale’s beauty. He even captured magnificent night shots in between galleries. After an hour we found ourselves sitting on a bench, gazing up at the stars. This allowed us a break as well as another opportunity to further enjoy the many sights the ArWalk had to offer.

I was glad I was given the opportunity to experience the ArtWalk as well as share it with my boyfriend. New experiences? They await each Thursday night in Downtown Scottsdale.

For more information on the Scottsdale ArtWalk, visit their website at www.scottsdalegalleries.com/events.html.

BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

Speaker: Sonja Bochart ~ BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

Sonja Bochart, SmithGroup

Sonja Bochart, SmithGroupSonja Bochart, a green design advocate, has more than 15 years of experience as an interior designer and is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the International Living Building Institute.As an associate at SmithGroup, she actively promotes holistic design approaches and healthy work environments for commercial design projects and is NCIDQ Certified and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Ms. Bochart is knowledgeable on how green design affects clients’ biggest bottom line—their employees—as well as the benefits of green design, the biggest obstacles faced for “greening” interior spaces and identifying resources to streamline change.Striving to expand the boundaries of conventional design practices, she strives to send a message that well designed projects respect and support their surrounding environment, and in turn these projects promote the health, wellness, productivity of their occupants and nourishes their spirits.

To continuously expand her insight into the latest developments in the field of design and share her knowledge, Ms. Bochart actively participants in several industry organizations, publishes and speaks frequently on related topics, and teaches at Arizona State University. Her portfolio includes educational, community and international medical facilities as well as corporate spaces and mixed use structures.

Through her efforts to synthesize the latest research into her designs and teaching, her contribution has helped to shape happier, healthier and more sustainable interiors.


Topic: An informative presentation on Biophilic Design, nature-inspired architecture, and how it is the next great design journey of our times.

Conference Speaker
Friday, April 15, 2011
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 155

BIG Green Conference 2011


 

BIG Green Expo
Friday & Saturday
April 15th & 16th 2011
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.