7 Cool Things We Saw at Canal Convergence 2015 in Scottsdale

Lynn Trimble
After artist Daniel Funkhouser put his four quarters into The Art Forge, this is what popped out.
Truth be told, the coolest part about Canal Convergence 2015 was seeing people of all walks of life converge along the canal and surrounding parts to explore works of art and other cultural gems. For four days, from February 26 to March 1, the streets of downtown Scottsdale came alive with a steady stream of locals, tourists and part-timers who split the year between Arizona and colder parts of the country.

Art galleries with open doors and the new Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, all located within walking distance of the event held along the Scottsdale Waterfront, added to the pulse of Scottsdale Public Art's four-day celebration. We hit the canal early and often, and found many cool offerings. These were our favorites.

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Artist Saskia Jordá Creates Migration for Canal Convergence in Scottsdale

Saskia Jordá
Saskia Jordá's Migration is part of this weekend's Canal Convergence in Scottsdale.
We headed to the Scottsdale Waterfront at Marshall Way Bridge a couple of days ago, eager to catch Saskia Jordá in the act of art-making. We'd heard installation was well underway for her large-scale piece called Migration, which is one of several temporary art works featured in the four-day Canal Convergence event presented by Scottsdale Public Art. It started Thursday, February 26, and continues through Sunday, March 1.

We'd made plans to meet the artist at one of two bridges where most of the wooden birds comprising Migration were being installed. While walking towards the Marshall Way Bridge, we spotted a couple sitting with several cardboard boxes filled with the birds. Turns out they were Jordá's parents, who were lacing together pairs of flat wooden bird shapes to create the three-dimensional pieces on view during the event.

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Canal Convergence to Mix Visual and Performance Art at Scottsdale Waterfront

Categories: Events, Public Art

Courtesy of Scottsdale Public Art
Saskia Jorda's rendering for her Migration installation for Canal Convergence in Scottsdale.
California has its beaches. New Jersey has its boardwalks. Arizona has its canals. For Scottsdale, one particular canal section has been elevated to near celebrity status -- serving for several years now as the site of a multi-day arts and culture extravaganza called Canal Convergence.

Scottsdale's third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light takes place Thursday, February 26, to Sunday, March 1, along the Scottsdale Waterfront, where folks who attend can experience visual and performance art including large-scale art installations, interactive artworks, dance performances, and live music.

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ARTELPHX Seeks New Artists for May 2015 Show

Evie Carpenter
The interactive installation, What We Have Lost / What We Have Gained by Matthew Mosher, was a hit at ARTELPHX in 2014.
New year, new art.

One of our cultural highlights of last year was easily ARTELPHX. So imagine our excitement when the The Clarendon Hotel announced that it would be brining in a new batch of multimedia art displays come May of 2015.

The weekend show, set to open Thursday, May 14, through Saturday, May 16, will once again transform the four-story hotel into a free gallery of audio, visual, and interactive works by more than 20 artists.

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Your Guide to IN FLUX Cycle 5 Public Art in Metro Phoenix

Lynn Trimble
Detail of Kristin Bauer's Seen for IN FLUX Cycle 5.

While most of us were scurrying around with holiday errands and festivities, artists participating in a public art program called IN FLUX were readying a diverse assortment of works you'll soon be able to enjoy in several Valley cities. Think of it as a public art-a-palooza -- with support from both public art entities and private enterprise.

IN FLUX was launched by Scottsdale Public Art in 2010 as a way to infuse vacant storefronts with temporary installations of local art. The first IN FLUX project launched at 5th & Wine in Scottsdale on October 12, 2010, with the debut of Melissa Martinez's towering take on flower power dubbed Pollination.

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"Faces of Garfield" Neighborhood Photo Project to Debut in Downtown Phoenix

Faces of Garfield
Garfield neighborhood resident Latim, 47.
Allow us some creative liberty here. How well do you know your neighbors? Beyond a slight nod or subtle wave? We're guessing a "not well" or resounding "who?" about covers the gamut. Because, hey, we're right there with you.

One photography project has set out to change that expectation -- or at least bring new light to it, via a tiny home base of downtown Phoenix: the Garfield neighborhood.

The one-square-mile area lies east of the noted Roosevelt Row, just north of the high-rises of downtown proper. Loosely bound by Interstate 10 and Van Buren Street to the north and south and Seventh to Sixteenth streets to the west and east, Garfield is almost entirely residential, save for a few noted businesses like Welcome Diner.

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Arizona Student Artists Wanted for Scottsdale Public Art Project, platFORM


Calling all artists: Scottsdale Public Arts has once again partnered with City of Tempe Public Art and City of Chandler Public Art Program to bring back the second installment of the public arts project, platFORM, and they're looking for a new batch of artists to make that happen.

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How to Adopt a Planter on Grand Avenue in Phoenix

Darryle Royal
Planters along Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue got a makeover of sorts last year on its stretch between Seventh and 15th avenues, and part of its redesign included adding 50-plus planters along the street. Currently, they're blank canvases. But not for long.

Grand Avenue Members Association (GAMA) has issued a call to local artists interested in giving the planters more character. GAMA has formed a subcommittee to select from any artists who express interest in the beautification process of the planters. The organization hopes to have all, or at least most, of the planters' artwork completed in time for Art Detour 2014, which runs March 8 and 9 this year.

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"Art Walk the Line" at the Fiesta Bowl Art Walk in Scottsdale

Categories: Events, Public Art

Courtesy Scottsdale Art Walk
Holding more than 40 statewide events, the weeks leading up to the battle between Baylor University and University of Central Florida Wednesday, January 1, at the 43rd annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl are the ultimate pre-game.

There are the known highlights, of course. The anticipated and always colorful Fiesta Bowl Parade takes over central Phoenix at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 28, snaking traffic between Central Avenue and Seventh Street for the handful of Phoenicians not in attendance. The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, itself a 25-year tradition, pits Kansas State and Michigan against each other at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe the same day.

There are parties, both pre- and post-game. An elected queen and her court. A Fiesta Bowl-sponsored youth football clinic; a Fiesta Bowl-sponsored aerospace challenge. A half-marathon. A senior tennis tournament. And an art walk.

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Call to Artists: Artel Phx at The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix

The Clarendon Hotel
Boutique hotel The Clarendon is accustomed to getting gussied up for photo shoots, parties, and the occasional magazine spread. But this fall, the historic hotel is teaming up with Artel Phx to turn its space into a giant compilation of site-specific art installations.

And here's the best part -- they're looking to local artists to make it happen.

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