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Art Detour Details: Participants, Tour Information and More!

25th Anniversary of Art Detour 25 This Weekend

FREE Two-Day Festival Celebrates the Downtown Phoenix Arts Community

Over 90 Galleries and Pop-Up Art Spaces Welcome Your Visit

Mayor Stanton: ‘One of the most important events on Phoenix’s calendar’ (read full letter here)

PHOENIX (February 27, 2013) – The event that launched Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon is returning to the streets of downtown Phoenix for its 25th year on March 2 and 3, 2013. The silver anniversary of Art Detour will take a historical look at the downtown arts scene, celebrate the many people who contributed to its success over the years, and recognize the artists, galleries, organizations and businesses contributing to the arts today.

Art Detour 25, organized by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will coincide with March First Friday, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts related tours, exhibits and activities. The event is free and offers programming appropriate for all ages. During Art Detour, visitors can visit galleries, including pop up spaces and mystery galleries; enter rarely open artist studios; take guided tours; engage in fun hands-on art activities; and much more.

Art Detour is a unique opportunity for the whole family to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

WHAT:   Art Detour 25 (25th Annual – Silver Anniversary)

WHEN:   Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, 11 am to 5 pm.

WHO:  Over 90 participating venues including artist studios, galleries, restaurants and temporary “pop-up” spaces.

WHERE:  Phoenix arts districts in and around Downtown Phoenix, including Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, Jackson Street, and Calle 16 (16th Street).

The First Stop! is at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, (1202 N. Third Street), where visitors will find maps at the information tables and access to the shuttles.

Visitors can also pick up maps and board shuttles from information tables at two additional Neighborhood Hub Stop locations:

  • Roosevelt Row A.R.T.S. Market – northeast corner of Roosevelt and 4th Streets (street parking).
  • Grand Avenue – southwest corner of Roosevelt St. and 15th Ave. (parking lot).

The shuttles will run on a continuous loop (20-minute anticipated runtime for full loop, pending traffic) through downtown. Visitors can also be able to walk, bike, take light rail, or drive to the destinations beyond the reach of the shuttle route.

A handy print map will be distributed at the Neighborhood Hub information tables. A digital version of the map is available for download here.

PARKING:       Free parking is available at Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. 3rd Street (the east end of Margaret T. Hance Park), at the southwest corner of 15th Avenue and Roosevelt as well as the Arizona Center parking garage. Street parking is also available throughout downtown.

INFO:               Visit www.artlinkphoenix.org or email info@artlinkphoenix.org

Art Detour Highlights:

Artlink Participants: Artist studio and art spaces have come together for one of the biggest Detours on record.

{9} The Gallery, >coffee, 1205 Space, 1Spot Gallery, 8 Day Coffee and Culture, A.E.England, After Hours Gallery (mystery gallery), ALAC – Galeria 147, ALAC Alley, Alwun House, Bliss / Rebar, Bob Adams Studio, Bokeh, Brush Party, Burton Barr Central Library, Carly’s Bistro, Christine Cassano – Artist, Circle 6 Studios, CityScape, Coe House Gallery, Coffee, Cookies & Crafts Indie Art and Craft Fair, Crowthings, Dave Loves Nancy, Deb’s Glass Designs & Revamped Retro, Diane L. Silver, Drive-Thru Gallery, Eye Lounge Artist Collective Gallery, First Studio, Five 15 Arts Gallery, Gallery Marsiglia, Gallery SUHU, Garfield Galleria, Goings Galleria, Grace Chapel Gallery, Green Haus, Grow op, Hazel & Violet, Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Hugo’s Art, Icehouse Arts, Icehouse Garden, Jackalope Trading Post, Kooky Krafts Shop, Larry McLaughlin & Kathy Taylor Fine Art Studio, Linda Ingraham, Lotus Contemporary Art, LoveLee Art Studio, MADE art boutique, Margaret Wright, Marshall Shore -Retro Spectacular, Matti Baine’s Studio, Merchantile, Michael Marlowe Studio, Modified Arts, monOrchid, monOrchid Artist Collective, Mud Daubler Cafe, Oasis on Grand, Obliq, Olivastro Oil & Balsamics, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Pop-Ups at Projects, Practical Art, Public (ART) Hanging, Red Light Martial Arts, Revival Art Collective, seven13sk8, Skyline Lofts (mystery gallery), Steel Door Studio, Studio #109, Studio 6, Studio 8, Studio Fillmore, Studio One18, The Collective at the Artery, The Commons, The Firehouse, The Frontal Lobe, The Gallery @ City Hall, The Groove (mystery gallery), The Hive, The Lodge, The Nash, Treehouse Bakery, trustgallery, Tuomisto, Bell Studio Foundry, Urban Beans / Tertio Wine Bar, Warehouse 1005, “What Should Go Here?” Pop Up Park, YAG Art Studio

A Public (ART) Hanging: This exhibition features visual artists from across the Valley. The display is located at Oasis on Grand, 1501 NW Grand Ave. The opening night preview and artist reception will take place on First Friday, March 1, from 6 to 10 p.m., and the gallery will be open on both Saturday and Sunday for Detour.

Participants: Aimee Shattuck, Amelia Kay, Amy Jackson, Ann Scardello, Anthony Galto, Beverly Jorgensen, Catherine Slye, Dan Pederson, Daniel Estrada, Daniel Langhans, Darrin Armijo-Wardle, Dawn O’Doul, Dinae Hartley, Doug Ashworth, Jane Cooper, Janet de Berge Lange, Jason Nye, Jeremy Preston, JoAnn Augur, Lacey Teets, Landy Headly, Laurie Brinkman, Maggie Keane, Mary Bradley, Melinda Foote, Michael Pruitt, Nick Roen, Pam Householder, Paul DeBenedetto, Paul Golfen, Rebecca Langford, Sharri Weinberg, Shawn Helton, Shelley Caniglia, Su Humphrey, Tawny Gamboa, Teresa Dendy, Tia Renshaw, Tiffany Ogden, Tobi Wilkins, Tony DiAngelis, Tracey Jenkins, Vicki Shaw, Winnie Liang, Yihyun Jeong

Mystery Galleries: These pop-up galleries are an Art Detour tradition. Each location hosts a group show.

  • The Groove (1028 Grand Ave) featuring Jake Beckman, Cheryl Marine, and Mike Morrison
  • Skyline Lofts (600 N 4th St #146) featuring Natascha Payton, Shari Bombeck, Patricia Sahertian, JA Jure
  • After Hours Gallery (116 W McDowell) featuring Fred Tieken and Nuna Dow

Kids’ Detour: Bring the kids and allow them to find their inner artist! Art Detour 25 is proud to include activities for the whole family. Many galleries participating this year are featuring kid-friendly exhibitions and activities. These may include workshops, demonstrations, finger-paint murals, sidewalk chalk and more.

Participants: ALAC – Galeria 147, Bokeh, Circle 6 Studios, Deb’s Glass Designs & Revamped Retro, Grace Chapel Gallery, Green Haus, Icehouse Garden, Kooky Krafts Shop, Linda Ingraham, MADE art boutique, monOrchid, Oasis on Grand, Obliq, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Practical Art, Studio  #109, Studio One18, The Firehouse, The Frontal Lobe, The Lodge, Warehouse 1005, “What Should Go Here?” Pop up Park, YAG Art Studio

Special Guided Tours:  Updated information will be available this weekend at the Phoenix Art Center and Neighborhood Hubs information booths.

Public Art Walking Tour (Saturday only)

Join two public art enthusiasts, Donna Reiner and Edward Jensen, as they help you uncover the art treasures of downtown Phoenix. Starting at the one-year old Gallery@City Hall, you will explore the convention center, swing pass the Herberger Theater, discover the sculpture at the Sheraton Hotel, tromp down Taylor Mall, and conclude with “Her Secret is Patience” at Downtown Civic Space Park.

The Public Art Walking Tours are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm. Wear comfortable shoes!

Studio Tour – Jackson Street Studios and Bentley Projects (Sunday only)

The first tour starts at 2:00 pm at the Phoenix Art Center, makes a stop at Roosevelt Row Arts Market and then continues down to Jackson Street.  The tour will visit four separate working artists studios at Jackson Street (Michael Marlowe, Linda Ingraham, Diane Silver and Bob Adams), then re-board the bus to visit the Popup Galleries at Bentley Projects, before making the return trip to the Phoenix Art Center. The second tour begins at 3:30 and repeats the circuit.

These free Studio Tour tours are scheduled at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Calle 16

This is a self-guided tour of the incredible 16th Street area murals. Maps can be picked up at the Hive at 2222 N. 16th Street.

Art Detour 25 is made possible through the support of these partners: City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, The Arizona Republic, Arizona Center, CityScape, Roosevelt Point, Roosevelt Row CDC, Grand Avenue Merchants Association and Phoenix Center for the Arts, Equipped Business Solutions, FASTSIGNS, International Printing Company, Oasis on Grand, Fair Trade Café, Lincoln Family YMCA, JPJ Productions, American Valet, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Echo Magazine, Ion Arizona Magazine and Java Magazine.

About Art Detour

Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year, and provides a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the arts in downtown Phoenix. This year marks our 25th anniversary and we’ve opened a portal to our past with the “Detour in Time” historic retrospective of Art Detour on view in Artlink’s A.E. England gallery. The exhibition premiered at our Silver Gala held last Saturday, February 23.

About Artlink:

Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and promote a thriving arts community in Central Phoenix. Artlink promotes a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year, including First Fridaysthe country’s largest self-guided gallery tour, and also operates two downtown galleries at Heritage & Science Park and the A.E. England Building. Both gallery spaces are committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, the promotion of the First Friday Art Walk and Third Friday Collectors Tour, annual Juried Exhibition, and the annual Artlink Art Detour. For more information, visit: artlinkphoenix.org.  Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, The Torosian Foundation, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Obliq Art, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development.

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Thank You Mayor Stanton!

Mayor Stanton on Art Detour: ‘One of the most important events on Phoenix’s calendar’


The Art Detour 25 Map Is Here!

Click the images to view full screen versions.

Download PDF files here:
Map A – Downtown Shuttle Route
Map B – Midtown/Uptown/Tour Schedules

Map A – Downtown Map and shuttle route.

Map B – Midtown/Uptown map, scheduled tour info and more.


Arizona Center Gallery Hosts Detour Anniversary Preview with Fred Tieken

GALLERY HOSTS ANNIVERSARY PREVIEW EVENT WITH SPECIAL GUEST, FRED TIEKEN
Phoenix Obliq Art Gallery Hosts First Friday’s Event for the 25th Anniversary of Art Detour

Downtown Phoenix’s Obliq Art gallery will honor the upcoming Artlink Phoenix’s 25th Anniversary of Art Detour with a special gallery showing of acclaimed contemporary artist Fred Tieken. Tieken, along with the paintings of Richard and Michele Bledsoe, will be at the Arizona Center art gallery from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Tieken’s original painting titled, “The Artist,” has been chosen as the official visual of Art Detour 25 (see it here!), and will be on display at Obliq Art during the February 1 event. This special First Friday showing of Tieken’s award-winning works will offer a preview to the upcoming 25th Annual Art Detour on March 2-3, 2013. Husband and wife artists Richard and Michele Bledsoe, along with the music of Kimberly Steele will also take part in the celebratory evening of local art.

Larry Ortega, owner of Obliq Art at the Arizona Center, whom also serves as the center’s commercial real estate broker said, “We are delighted to have Fred Tieken show at our downtown Phoenix gallery. Obliq is honored to serve the local community with outstanding art and artists such as Tieken and the
Bledsoes.”

Committed to the downtown community, Arizona Center is actively catering to the local business and art scene with unique shops and venues such as the gallery. Obliq, the contemporary urban “pop up” gallery space, promotes Arizona and Phoenix artists and connects local art with the emerging art scene of
downtown. With Tieken’s works and “Changing Lanes,” the art of husband and wife team Richard and Michele Bledsoe, the event showing at the Arizona Center for February’s First Friday offers a unique opportunity to Valley art lovers to meet the artists personally during their exhibit event.

The historic 25-year Art Detour celebration will look back at the history of the art scene in downtown. The celebration will kick off with an opening Silver Gala on Saturday, February 23 at the A.E. England Building in Downtown’s Civic Space Park. The Art Detour weekend (March 2-3) will feature a broad array of open studios and galleries, Kids’ Detour activities, and free trolleys.

Fred Tieken and “Changing Lanes” by Richard and Michele Bledsoe are free and open to the public on February 1, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Obliq Art in Arizona Center, 455 N. Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

More About Arizona Center:
Arizona Center is owned by CommonWealth REIT, a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which primarily owns office and industrial properties located throughout the United States. The property is managed by Reit Management & Research LLC, Real Estate Services. For more information about Arizona Center, visit www.arizonacenter.com. For leasing inquiries, contact Larry Ortega at 602-222-5019.

About Fred Tieken:
Before he first put brush to canvas, Fred Tieken had enjoyed successful careers as both a musician and graphic designer.

For more than 30 years, he was principal designer and creative director of his internationally recognized graphic design firm. During that time he received over 200 design awards and, in 1999, he was named one of the top 50 art directors in the world by Art Direction magazine. Prior to his career in design, Fred
was a prolific musician and producer, releasing numerous albums and singles that are still in demand by collectors. His music has been featured on compilation albums, both in the United States and Europe.

Fred’s abstract contemporary and figurative paintings have received critical acclaim and enthusiastic coverage from the media. His paintings come from the heart and tell the story of his life experience.

Fred created his first public work of art in March 2012, when he was commissioned to create the art for a 126-foot-long mural located two blocks west of Phoenix Art Museum at Third Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2010, Fred’s paintings have been featured in more than twenty juried
exhibitions and one-man shows in Arizona and California. For more information about Fred Tieken, visit www.freddietieken.com.

About Richard Bledsoe:
A painter of parables and fables, Richard Bledsoe’s original art pursues a spiritual energy represented as patterns, animals or figures of power. Images presented as flashes or inspiration, complete a visualization for each of the artist’s work.

About Michele Bledsoe:
As a self-taught artist, Michele Bledsoe illustrates her own private symbolism cultivated in isolation, allowing her to spontaneously develop her own vision. Bledsoe’s work is the result of a lifetime love of creating pictures, and intimately works every inch of the canvas with small, exact strokes, layering colors
and incorporating texture, wood grain, crumbling stone, twisting ribbon and curling leaves.

For more information and the works of Richard and Michele Bledsoe, visit www.remodernamerica.com.


Release: 25th Annual Art Detour Celebrates ‘The Artist’


Winning Art Submission by Fred Tieken Captures Spirit of Silver Anniversary Event

PHOENIX (January 10, 2013) – Art Detour, the event that launched downtown Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, returns for its Silver Anniversary on March 2 and 3, 2013, and will celebrate those who have made the past 25 years possible: the local artists.

Art Detour 25, organized by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will take a historical look at the artists who contributed to its success over the years, as well as the galleries, organizations and businesses who embrace and promote downtown Phoenix artists and their work today.

A Showcase for the Local “Artist”
Looking for an image to represent this historic event, Artlink issued a call for artists last Fall, and selected an image submitted by Fred Tieken entitled “The Artist.” The contemporary painting captures the spirit of the 25th Anniversary of this historical event, spotlighting the individual artists who have made the downtown arts community come alive.

“The Artist” by Fred Tieken.

“Gail and I have always been fans of the vibrant art scene in downtown Phoenix and have attended many First Fridays and Art Detours over the years,” said Tieken, a Phoenix resident since 1986. “It’s funny how life takes you places. A few years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would be exhibiting my art in downtown Phoenix, let alone providing the art for the 25th anniversary of Art Detour. I am so excited to be involved in the event once again.”

Tieken’s support of Art Detour stretches back to the early days. As a professional graphic designer, he created the collateral materials for the 1990 Art Detour, which incorporated one of long-time Phoenix artist Michael Marlowe’s scratchboard illustrations. After selling his graphic design business, Tieken made the transition to fine art in 2010. For Art Detour in 2012, Tieken was commissioned by Dan Vermillion to create artwork for a 126’-long mural for the side of his building on 3rd Avenue and McDowell.

“The Silver Anniversary of Art Detour celebrates the very foundation of the downtown arts scene – the individual artists,” said Mike Oleskow, President of Artlink’s volunteer board of directors. “What better way to tell that story, to underscore the significance of the local artist community, than in a work of art?”

Art Detour Chair Nancy Hill agreed, “We couldn’t be more proud to display Fred Tieken’s exquisite work on this year’s poster and other promotional materials. His ‘Artist’ will literally be the face of Art Detour 25.”

A Weekend Arts Festival

Art Detour will coincide with March First Friday, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts related tours, exhibits and activities. “Detour-ists” will be invited to visit galleries and artist studios, learn about public art and murals from artist and knowledgeable docents, and much more.

A shuttle will circulate throughout downtown, making stops at neighborhood “hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and more, where music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

Schedule of Events:
2/23 – Silver Gala. Fun, formal affair to toast the arts community and kick off the 25th Anniversary in style.
3/1 – Pre-Detour First Friday. March First Friday is typically one of the most popular of the year.
3/2-3 – Self-guided tours. A map and shuttles will guide visitors to the open art stops.
3/2 – Walking Public Art Tours. Knowledgeable docents will guide visitors to points of interest.
3/3 – Guided Studio Tours. An intimate look at working studio spaces.

The weekend event is free and offers programming appropriate for all ages, including the family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” presented by Phoenix Center for the Arts, which will also serve as Art Detour’s First Stop, offering free parking.

Artists are also invited to participate in the second annual “Public Hanging,” the cleverly named juried exhibition featuring visual artists from across the Valley.

To participate, sponsor or volunteer please visit artlinkphoenix.org or email Art Detour Chair Nancy Hill at nancy@artlinkphoenix.org.

Artlink Inc. is supported by: Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development.

About Art Detour Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, arts festival and self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year providing a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the downtown Phoenix Arts Community. The launch of Art Detour preceded and brought about the creation of the now-famous First Fridays Art Walk.

About Artlink Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year and also operates the A.E. England Gallery, which is committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Third Fridays Gallery Tour; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.

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An Exciting Year Ahead

Successes in 2012 point to an exciting year ahead, and we are extremely grateful for your ongoing participation and support. As an entirely volunteer-run organization, we count on the volunteers, donors, and champions who step up to help us serve Downtown Phoenix artists through our signature programs that link artists to the public.

Over this last year, we’ve grown and strengthened our board of directors; engaged the arts community in planning for our future; built a new and improved website; and improved and updated the First Fridays Art Walk map every month.

Art Detour 24 broke new ground with more than seventy participants; a new and improved section on our website; a pop-up gallery and free parking at the Arizona Center; the popular Public Hanging exhibition, and guided tours by bus and bike.

Our First Friday tour shuttles now include knowledgeable hosts to help orient visitors to the Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as provide them more in-depth information about the artists and openings being featured each month. Throughout the year, the shuttles transported more than 6500 people from home base at the Phoenix Art Museum to galleries and studios throughout downtown. Many of the people on the shuttles were experiencing the event for the first time.

In an effort to shine a brighter light on outstanding Phoenix artists, Artlink inaugurated our Third Friday Collectors Tour series. This specialized tour is a ticketed event, which gives participants a behind-the-scenes opportunity to visit art spaces and meet one-on-one with exhibiting artists to learn more about the techniques and inspiration behind their work.

On our first tour, 20 art lovers visited Modified Arts, Michael Marlowe’s studio on Jackson Street, and the Willo North Gallery exhibition Fauna/Fauna featuring artists Christy Puetz and Carolyn Lavender. Our next Third Friday Collector’s Tour is scheduled for Friday, January 18. Local bon vivant Robrt Pela (New Times writer, KJZZ theater critic, and Willo North Gallery curator) will be our knowledgeable and charming host. Tickets are limited, so get yours today.

In early December, Artlink participated in the first ever Phoenix Festival of the Arts, where we provided an artist lounge for the more than 80 artists who worked to create the city’s largest mural. It was an extraordinary opportunity for artists from every walk of life to meet and collaborate with each other and the public on a project that will live on in the PHX Renews temporary public space at Indian School and Central.

As we look forward to 2013, we are thrilled to be celebrating our 25th Art Detour on March 2 and 3. There are lots of exciting details we’ll be unveiling in the New Year, along with information on what’s to come with our Third Friday Collector’s Tours.

Each improvement we make in Artlink programs requires funding. Please become an Artlink supporter by donating at your comfort level to help us continue to serve Downtown Phoenix artists and to grow our programs that provide public access to the diversity of talent in our city.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!

Sincerely,

The Artlink Board of Directors

Catrina Kahler, Bob Diehl, Hugo Medina, Joseph Benesh, Jill Bernstein, Mike Oleskow, Nancy Hill, Phil Jones & Laura Dragon


Call for Artists – Artlink Seeks 2-D Work For Art Detour 25

Artlink Phoenix seeks to commission an artwork or artworks for Art Detour 25.  The work will be used in a designed format as the basis for the Art Detour 25 poster, postcard and other marketing materials.

This artwork should:

  • Create excitement and interest for the community
  • Potentially (but not necessarily) honor and commemorate the history of Art Detour.
  • Celebrate the artistic community in the downtown Phoenix area.
  • Inspire people to remember the past, and to appreciate the cultural legacy that belongs to them and to future generations

The artwork (s) must be a flat work in any medium – but will be represented digitally in all paper and electronic collateral. The original piece will be displayed during Art Detour 25 at the A.E. England gallery. The size of original piece does not matter – it will be represented as a poster, postcard and online in various sizes.

The artist may be asked to work with designers to help format the poster, etc.  The original artwork will remain the property of the artist.

Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in Arizona.
 
Deadline for submissions:  December 15, 2012

Digital representations must reach the Artlink board via email or flash drive. The work will be chosen and the announcement made on December 31, 2012.

The Artlink board reserves the right to change the project timeline.

How to Apply
Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:

  • A digital representation of the piece. No larger than 1 MB. This should be a JPG, TIFF. PDF or PNG file. Submission files will not be returned.
  • A note with current contact info.
  • A maximum of three works.
  • Titles, dates of completion, materials used in the original work, any other background information deemed necessary.

Please submit all materials to: nancy@artlinkphoenix.org


Release: Artlink Announces Dates for 25th Annual Art Detour

Weekend Festival Celebrates the Downtown Phoenix Art Scene

PHOENIX (August 2, 2012) – The event that launched Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon is returning to the streets of downtown Phoenix for its 25th year on March 2 and 3, 2013.

The silver anniversary edition of the Art Detour will take a historical look at the downtown arts scene, celebrate the many people who contributed to its success over the years, and recognize the artists, galleries, organizations and businesses contributing to the arts today.

Art Detour 25, organized by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will coincide with March First Friday, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts related tours, exhibits and activities. The event is free and offers programming appropriate for all ages.

“Art Detour is one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar,” Mayor Greg Stanton said. “Few events do as much to enrich the lives of Phoenicians and give exposure to local businesses and artists. Twenty-five years is a milestone. It should remind all of us to continue to support the arts so the next generation can experience all that Phoenix has to offer.”

Nancy Hill, Artlink Vice President and Art Detour Chair, said this event is the best kind of downtown community celebration.

“We have had extensive conversations with the community and representatives of the major downtown arts districts,” Hill said. “There is genuine excitement about the opportunity to showcase what artists have done – and will continue to do – for downtown.”

Reception at Crescent Ballroom during Art Detour 24. Photo by Bryan Mok.

During this festive weekend, visitors can visit galleries and artist studios, take bicycle tours, learn about public art and murals from artist and knowledgeable docents, and much more.

Music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

To participate, sponsor or volunteer please visit www.artlinkphoenix.org or email Art Detour Chair Nancy Hill at nancy@artlinkphoenix.org.

About Art Detour Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, arts festival and self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year providing a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the downtown Phoenix Arts Community. The launch of Art Detour preceded and brought about the creation of the now-famous First Fridays Art Walk.

About Artlink Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year and also operates the A.E. England Gallery, which is committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Third Fridays Gallery Tour; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. For more information, visit www.artlinkphoenix.org.

Media Contacts:
Nancy Hill, nancy@artlinkphoenix.org (480) 544-2162
Catrina Kahler, catrina@artlinkphoenix.org (602) 579-2988