Art Walk, Scottsdale, Arizona
Concierge.com's insider take:
The best way for art collectors to compare galleries in Scottsdale is to attend the weekly Art Walk on Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm. It takes place in downtown Scottsdale along Main Street and Marshall Way (480-990-3939; www.scottsdalegalleries.com). Of course, there's free wine from the 50 or so participating galleries to help lubricate checkbooks. Although contemporary art has a smaller niche in these parts, Bentley Gallery attracts collectors of all tastes (4161 N. Marshall Way; 480-946-6060; www.bentleygallery.com). If you're looking for affordable art, check out Art One, which represents university students and emerging artists (4120 N. Marshall Way; 480-946-5076; www.artonegalleryinc.com). But if you've come to Scottsdale seeking the tradition of the American West, Legacy Gallery on Main Street has a long history of representing past and present western painters and sculptors (7178 Main St., 800-916-3003 or 480-945-1113; www.legacygallery.com). Overland Gallery of Fine Art reps local artist Ed Mell, who the international art community adores for his sharp, angular depictions of Southwestern imagery (7155 Main St.; 800-920-0220 or 480-947-1934; www.overlandgallery.com). A bit odd, but the gallery also has a very large Russian and Soviet Impressionism collection.