Artlink Launches Third Friday "Collectors Tours"

Categories: Visual Art

Claire Lawton
October's Third Friday included work by visiting Italian artist Matteo Rubbi at Combine Studio in an interactive exhibition, "The Closest Thing."
Third Friday in downtown Phoenix has long-been the unofficial art walk for community members who want to skip the hustle of First Friday, be able to find a parking spot remotely near the galleries, and have a chance to interact with artists and curators.

And this month, Artlink is jumping on the bandwagon and giving local art collectors an opportunity to jump on the trolley and hit up a few highlights.

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On November 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., Artlink will host a trolley tour of three exhibitions. According to Artlink, guides will provide background on the spaces and galleries and "provide context on the contemporary art scene in downtown Phoenix."

The nonprofit group has played a big part in the arts community for almost 25 years. And while the group's been known to have its fair share of disagreements between board members and its annual Art Detour event has drawn its own criticism from those who think the arts community doesn't need a coined annual event and could use year-round support, bringing serious collectors and non-seasoned gallery-goers to art spaces and providing history and insight could be just what Downtown artists need to survive (or at least, to pay the rent).

This month's gallery stops include: Willo North Gallery - featuring "Fauna/Fauna" with work by Christy Puetz and Carolyn Lavender; Michael Marlowe's studio at Jackson Street Studios, and Sue Chenoweth, "Real and Applied" at Modified Arts.

Per Third Friday tradition, galleries will have light refreshments and attendees will be able to ask the artists about the artists' work and process.

Tickets are $35 and seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Third Friday Collectors Tours Eventbright page or info can be mailed to with your name, number of seats, contact information and best time to reach you.

Stay tuned for more Third Friday must-sees and information about Artlink's 25th Art Detour, scheduled for March 2 and 3, 2013.

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As one of the studio artists at Warehouse 1005, I actually got quite a boost of business from the Art Detour in March from my last solo show.  

My next solo show is December's third Friday,  and it would be nice to have the support of Art Detour on a monthly basis; having the serious art buyers on third Fridays sought out even more so than the first Friday "festival" goers are.  

I wonder how the galleries were chosen to be part of this new "Collectors Tours"-will they change each month?  

I, instead, would like to see more of the galleries represented so that  the serious collectors could see their business is appreciated and desired at ALL Roosevelt Row Gallery locations: three galleries per month is simply not enough.  We are in a deep depression and art is not food.  We are luxury goods.  We need as much help as possible.  We need as much exposure as possible.

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