Check out these immersive art experiences around Arizona and listen, walk, shop, plant and more to discover art in it’s many varieties.
4/1: Peoria Arts and Cultural Festival
Nurturing talent in artists often starts at a young age. The Peoria Arts and Cultural Festival in Old Town Peoria highlights the talents of students from Peoria Unified School District throughout the day on Saturday, April 1.
During the festival, students will have the chance to display their work as part of a special youth art exhibit.
The event will also spotlight student choirs, bands and theater groups.
During the event, festival goers can interact with local craft vendors selling their work and ceramicists putting on live demos.
The new Instrument Petting Zoo, presented by the Musical Instrument Museum, lets attendees of all ages try different types of musical instruments.
For families, the festival offers a KidsZone area with bounce houses, make-and-take crafts, face painting and inflatables.
Details: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Old Town Peoria, at Peoria and Grand Avenues. Free; $5-$12 for activities such as inflatables, face painting, the rock wall and the photo booth. peoriaaz.gov/NewSecondary.aspx?id=54403.
4/1-2: Desert Valley Orchid Society’s Orchid Show and Plant Sale
Gardening can be its own art form, especially when done by a specialist. The Desert Valley Orchid Society’s annual Orchid Show and Plant Sale on April 1 and 2 draws attention to the beauty of the orchid with colorful displays of the flowering plants.
During the event, collectors, orchid lovers and everyday gardeners can purchase different types of orchids, including moth, Cattleya and Vanda orchids. Plants will range from $20 to $35.
At noon and 2 p.m. each day, members of the club will give talks on orchid care and repotting techniques.
The club, which meets every third Thursday of the month at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda, offers a space for orchid enthusiasts and everyday gardeners to share tips and stories about growing orchids in the desert and to display their orchids.
Details: April 1-2: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Berridge Nurseries, 4647 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. dvos-az.com.
4/6: Art in Motion Art Walk
With the advancement of technology, the concept of what is art is changing and integrating new media, including video art. On Thursday, April 6, the Scottsdale Gallery Association will highlight the developing art form with its special “Art in Motion: A Video Experience” ArtWalk.
Part of the Gold Palette series, the artwalk will highlight the medium of video art with displays inside galleries and on the street.
The special event will spotlight the work of Lorraine Garcia-Nakata, an internationally-known visual artist who has done large scale paintings and drawings, installations, mixed-media artwork, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.
Patrons will also have the chance to see special exhibitions from video artists Alberto Grovas and Dakota during the artwalk.
On Wednesday, April 5, Garcia-Nakata will give a lecture on the history and evolution of video art inside Calvin Charles Gallery. Attendees will have a chance to meet the artist before and after the talk as part of a reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Details: “Art in Motion: A Video Experience:” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6. ArtWalk path along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way north of Indian School to Fifth Avenue. Free. scottsdalegalleries.com. “Video Art: Its Role and Its Voice” lecture, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5. Calvin Charles Gallery, 4201 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Free but space limited. RSVP [email protected]. facebook.com/events/1817015225219025.
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