Award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival Celebrates 40 years as Arizona’s finest

March 3, 2010

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March 12–14, 2010
Friday and Saturday,
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts / Scottsdale Civic Center

SCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the 40th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival on March 12–14, 2010, on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center. The Festival is sponsored by SRP Earthwise Energy and Abby Bella Dance Studio. The Arizona Republic is the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ 2009–10 season media sponsor.

barry rosalind page artConsistently ranked among the top arts festivals in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has been an Arizona tradition since 1971. The three-day event features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and from the Scottsdale Arts Festival’s online art auction. Visitors also will enjoy continuous live music and entertainment from Arizona’s top bands and performers; Virginia Fleck’s eye-popping OVERFLOW!, a monumental installation of thousands of recycled plastic bags commissioned by the Scottsdale Public Art Program; creative activities for children and families at Imagine Nation; free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA); fine-arts demonstrations by artists from the acclaimed Scottsdale Artists’ School; delicious cuisine and wine tastings, including a Wine Country Market and Beer Garden featuring ingredients from local farmers and producers; and free parking and trolley service.

Additional information, including details on trolleys and parking, is available online at or through (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

Admission to the Scottsdale Arts Festival is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and under and members of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and SMoCA. A two-day pass is available for $10. Tickets may be purchased at any Festival entrance, and advance tickets are available online at or through (480) 994-ARTS (2787). Pets are not allowed, except for trained assistance dogs.

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Long recognized for its high-quality fine arts and crafts, the Scottsdale Arts Festival showcases 200 artists selected by jury. Participating artists come from throughout the United States and work in all media, from ceramic, glass, jewelry, metals and textiles to painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and drawing. Visitors have the opportunity to meet and talk to each artist and buy works of art directly from them.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival’s online auction features original works of art in all media donated by participating artists. Auction items are displayed at the event and through the Scottsdale Arts Festival Web site. Benefiting the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the auction opens on Saturday, March 13, at 10 a.m. and has a rolling close starting on the morning of Monday, March 15. Bidders may view images of all auction items and place and track their bids at any time through

Many of Arizona’s top musicians and entertainers perform during the Scottsdale Arts Festival. This year’s featured performers include Arizona Opera, Bata Ire, Fushicho Daiko, Mark Zubia & Los Guys, Marmalade Skies, Musical Nomads, Sarah Vanell Band, Traveler and more. Concerts take place continuously at the Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater and Fountain Stage. A complete entertainment schedule will be posted online at

In conjunction with the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the Scottsdale Public Art Program has commissioned OVERFLOW!, an eye-popping, monumental installation made from thousands of colorful recycled plastic bags by Austin-based artist Virginia Fleck. Each plastic bag is inflated to transform the mundane and disposable into a shiny, buoyant, off-kilter bag balloon. OVERFLOW! will be viewed in multiple locations and encountered in surprisingly delightful ways throughout the Festival. The thousands of colorful, animated bag balloons take on humorous anthropomorphic traits as they make their whimsical journey from the roof of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts to the fountains in front of City Hall and beyond.

Located on the north side of Scottsdale City Hall, Imagine Nation is open throughout the Scottsdale Arts Festival and offers free arts activities and entertainment for children and their families. This year’s Imagine Nation is titled Family Time/Family Fun and features storytelling, dancing, arts-and-craft projects and more.

Visitors to the Scottsdale Arts Festival enjoy free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, which features the exhibitions Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration and Rewind, Remix, Replay: Design, Music & Everyday Experience, as well as artist James Turrell’s skyspace Knight Rise. SMoCA is located next to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts at 7374 E. Second St.

Professional artists from the internationally recognized Scottsdale Artists’ School will present live demonstrations of drawing, painting and sculpting techniques during the Scottsdale Arts Festival.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival features a tempting variety of delicious cuisine and refreshing beverages available for sale throughout the grounds. Highlights include the Wine Country Market and Beer Garden presented by Arcadia Farms near the scenic Marshall Garden that will offer gourmet foods and ingredients from local farmers and producers. Among the other festival vendors are Alaskan Salmon Grill, Barrie’s Original Kettle Korn, Big Belly’s B.B.Q. Co., Crepe Tyme, Euro Gyro, The Gelato Spot, Paradise Noodles, Repicci’s Real Italian Ice of Arizona and Sally’s Mesquite Grill and B.B.Q.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Box Office: (480) 994-ARTS (2787) ext. 2
TDD: (480) 874-4694
Fax: (480) 874-4699