Make the Most of Art Detour Weekend with These Fun Events
March 9, 2017 by Lauren Potter
While March certainly does mean music in Downtown Phoenix (here’s proof), it’s also a month brimming with arts and culture events.
The weekend of March 16-19 is no exception with Phoenix’s original art walk — Art Detour— bringing numerous events and activities to greater Downtown Phoenix for a three-day arts and culture experience.
Hosted by local nonprofit Artlink Phoenix, Art Detour returns for its 29th year with exclusive opportunities to explore artists’ studio spaces, visit galleries, witness live painting and so much more. Artlink is providing complimentary shuttles at various times Thursday-Sunday. For a complete schedule of Art Detour events visit the website.
What better way to kick off Art Detour weekend than with a party? Celebrate the arts and culture of Phoenix while enjoying fabulous food and drink, and dancing the night away in a beautiful gallery space in the Phoenix Warehouse District. Mayor Stanton will also be there to give a special toast. Be sure to check out Denise Yaghmourian’s art installation and exhibition while you’re there.
Immerse yourself in the colorful, bold and whimsical art of three prominent Phoenix artists — Gennaro Garcia, Joe Ray and Frank Ybarra. In its fifth year, the three-man show will be hosted at downtown’s only boutique art hotel Found:Re Phoenix. Mix and mingle with the artists, enjoy live music and peruse the local art around every corner of the hotel. Pro tip: stop by the hotel’s MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails for dinner and a drink post-show.
What do you get when you combine video, sound, movement and a bunch of geeky code? We’re not entirely sure, but we can’t wait to find out at “Intersection.” The interactive and temporary art installation by local artist Casey Farina will envelop the historic A.E. England Building drawing in passersby with captivating animated illustrations and mysterious sounds, which respond to movement. DJ Kim E Fresh will be spinning vibes both nights at Civic Space park. Grab a bite from local food trucks Burger Passion and PhoKing on Friday, and Circle R and American Poutine Co. on Saturday.
Pop-Up Gallery / Shipping Container at 380 N. 1st Ave. / March 18
In addition to creating a sense of community, Art Detour is all about new and unexpected experiences. The pop-up gallery inside the mural wrapped shipping container on First Avenue is no exception. From 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, you can marvel in the artistic talents and candid self expression of LGBT youth from local nonprofit one-n-ten whose works will be on display. It’s also a great chance to check out the latest mural from famed local artist Andy Brown which adorns the shipping container’s exterior.
It’s weird. It’s most certainly wacky. And it’s everything that the world needs right now. Back for the 10th wondrous year, the Mutant Piñata show at Chartreuse gallery on Grand Avenue is sure to make you giggle or raise an eyebrow at least.
Navigating Art Detour
While we enjoy walking and riding GridBike Share, you can also park at one of the following hub stop locations to catch a free Artlink trolley:
Arizona Center / 400 E. Van Buren St. CONNECTOR HUB
Phoenix Art Museum / 1625 N. Central Ave.
Oasis on Grand / 15th and Grand Aves
Unexpected Gallery / 734 W. Polk St.
CityScape / 1 E. Washington St