Lisa Sette Gallery to Leave Scottsdale for Midtown Phoenix This Summer
After 28 years on Marshall Way, Lisa Sette is leaving Scottsdale for midtown Phoenix.
STARKJAMES A rendering of the future home of Lisa Sette Gallery.
Lisa Sette Gallery will host one last show -- "Domesticated," featuring paintings by Carrie Marill, opening Thursday, April 3, in Scottsdale -- before packing up and moving this summer to a renovated Al Beadle building near Second Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix.
Sette's first show at the new space will be titled "Hello Midtown!"
Like its owner, the gallery has always been understated and elegant, setting the standard for fine art in downtown Scottsdale. For years, Phoenix's little sister struggled with an idenity crisis -- world-renowned contemporary art alongside howling coyotes and kokopellis -- but lately the gift shops (and the many hair salons that seem to proliferate overnight in Old Town Scottsdale) have been winning.
Attempts at revitalizing the area with pop-up galleries didn't go so well, and in 2012, the well-known Bentley Gallery across the street from Sette packed it in and consolidated operations at Bentley Projects in Phoenix.
But Sette says it wasn't an easy decision. When an Al Beadle building went up for sale next to a similar spot where her husband, Peter Shikany, has run his design firm, P.S. Studios, for several years, she was tempted. She'd never owned her own building. Parking problems in Scottsdale were only getting worse, and an analysis of her business over the previous five years revealed that less than 1 percent of her sales were being made to customers who walked in off the street.
"I love my current neighbors and they've been good to me," Sette says, mentioning she'll particularly miss The Paper Place and Art One. "Twenty-eight years -- it's almost a mini-lifetime. My kids had their birthday parties in there."
In the end, the idea of forging new territory in midtown Phoenix -- not to mention better amenities for her staff, storage space, and a building with a pedigree -- was too much to resist.