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Why Scottsdale Is a Top Choice for Art Enthusiasts

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Scottsdale, located in eastern Maricopa County, is renowned for its hiking trails, golf courses, and luxury spa resorts. However, what many may not realize is that this desert city has quietly established itself as a vibrant arts destination, backed by a close-knit creative community that has flourished for years.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, inspired by the Sonoran Desert setting, constructed his winter residence, Taliesin West, in Scottsdale in 1937. In the 1960s and 1970s, artists flocked to Scottsdale for the season following summers spent in Santa Fe. The Cattle Track Arts Compound, a collaborative space for painters, potters, and printmakers, has been a central hub for artists for an extended period. Additionally, venues like the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Wonderspaces attract a younger audience seeking artistic inspiration.

Beyond the city’s renowned public art initiatives and historical Arts District, the arts scene extends to prominent accommodations such as the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. This establishment has partnered with the Cattle Track Arts Compound, offering guests unique art-focused experiences, including artist meet-ups, tours, and workshops. Here are five essential stops for art enthusiasts visiting Scottsdale.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

Upon arrival at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort, guests are greeted with a refreshing prickly pear cocktail or mocktail. The resort’s beautifully designed single-story main building houses the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, overlooking the Turquoise Pool surrounded by cabanas. Nestled on 23 acres in Paradise Valley, the resort consists of modernist structures with 201 bungalows, suites, and villas. The property also features the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary and The Retreat, a private pool area. The resort’s rooms boast unique artistic touches, including handmade furniture, art pieces, and prints available for purchase. Complimentary tours of artist studios at the nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound are also offered.

Cattle Track Arts Compound

Cattle Track Arts Compound, a haven for creatives since the 1930s, remains a hidden gem in Scottsdale. Home to resident artists like Brent Bond, Timothy Chapman, Mary van Dusen, and Chance Phillips, the compound features working studios where visitors can interact with the artists. Mark McDowell, an artist in residence since the 1970s, is a standout figure known for his engaging presence. The compound is currently expanding to include a new café, restaurant, additional studios, and a second gallery.

Taliesin West

Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural marvel built in the late 1930s, offers visitors a glimpse into his design sanctuary. Tours showcase Wright’s draft studio, living quarters, and theater, providing insights into his design principles and legacy. Situated in the McDowell Mountains, the surroundings, featuring Dale Chihuly’s glass installations, served as the backdrop for several iconic Wright projects.

SMoCA & Wonderspaces

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) presents cutting-edge exhibitions in a futuristic setting. Highlighted exhibits include works by Brad Kahlhamer, Teresa Baker, and Beverly McIver. Adjacent is Wonderspaces, an immersive art destination in Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, offering unique installations by global artists like Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan.

Escape to the Sonoran Desert

Conveniently, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a short drive from Scottsdale. The ideal times to visit are January through April and September through December. Consider special packages at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, such as the Sonoran Summer and Desert Date Night deals.

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Photo credits: Experience Scottsdale, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, Kyle McDonald/Flickr

Image Source: Thomas Trompeter / Shutterstock

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