MARCH 3, 2011

Scottsdale Arts Festival March 11-13

Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally-acclaimed exhibiting artists at the 41st annual Scottsdale Arts Festival March 11-13 on the Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second Street. Enjoy continuous live entertainment from multiple stages, savor food and beverages from the Valley's top culinary establishments and experience creative fun in Imagine Nation – the kids' area. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger. Avoid traffic congestion by catching a free shuttle from Downtown parking lots or the Loloma Transit Center. For more information, call 480-994-2787 or visit

While at the festival, note this: Scottsdale's Pride Commission and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts have teamed up to educate and create awareness of cigarette butt litter. Youth 12 years and younger are invited to create artwork depicting "smelly, stinkin', smokin' stuff." Prizes will be awarded for the best work and all entries will be displayed March 11-13 in the "Imagine Nation" area of the Scottsdale Arts Festival. For more information on the contest or display, contact 480-312-4126.

MARCH 2, 2011

Artists in Studio: Regional Teen Art Competition and Exhibit April 16 and 17

Sixth Annual Event presented by Arts Council of the North Valley

NORTH PHOENIX – Emerging young artists from North Valley high schools will be exhibiting their work as part of the sixth annual Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV) Regional Teen Art Competition. The exhibition, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday April 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Outlets at Anthem, Suite 550.

“Artists in Studio” will feature mixed media, ceramics, oil, acrylic and more.  Students will be recognized at a reception open to the public on Sunday, April 17 from 3 – 5 p.m.   As part of the reception, ACNV will present awards for Best in Show, Award of Excellence and Honorable Mention. The public is invited to cast their vote for The People’s Choice Award.

To add a special flair to the event this year, live entertainment will be presented by Musical Theatre of Anthem on Saturday April 16 at noon and Sunday April 17 at 1 p.m.

The ACNV is committed to promoting the arts and has established this competition to encourage young artists to excel and showcase their work in a professional venue. Invitations are distributed throughout north valley high schools and students are nominated by their art teachers. This year’s participating schools include Barry Goldwater, Boulder Creek, Cave Creek, Deer Valley, Liberty, Mountain Ridge, Sandra Day O'Connor,
 Sunrise Mountain, and The Caepe School.

“The teen art program is one of the earliest educational outreach programs developed by the Arts Council and through the dedication of the board and with the support of many volunteers this program makes it possible to exhibit in a gallery like setting the visual fine artwork by ninth to twelfth grade students, to compete for top awards”, said Willine Evans, program chair.

“The ACNV is passionate about providing opportunities for young people and we encourage the community to support these artists by coming to the exhibit” said Doug Clark, president ACNV.  “It is exciting to see such young talent!”

To learn more about the Arts Council of the North Valley visit or call 623-516-2268.

FEBRUARY 25, 2011

Scottsdale Artists School joins elite group

Accepts Portrait Society of America's "Excellence in Fine Art Education Award"

Scottsdale Artists School is happy to accept the Portrait Society of America's "Excellence in Fine Art Education Award" voted on by their Board of Directors which includes SAS Notable Alumni, Daniel E. Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler and Burton Silverman.  Each year the Society presents this award to a museum, school or organization that offers skill-based programs in Fine Arts.

This award has previously been accepted by The Art Students League of New York, The National Academy of Design and The New York Academy of Art. They are thrilled to have their name added to this elite group.

For more information visit or call 480-990-1422.