The Gold Palette ArtWalk returns Thursday, October 8, with its Art + Chocolate-themed event. (Photo courtesy Scottsdale Gallery Association)

By Kristine Cannon

The weekly, year-round Scottsdale ArtWalk may still be suspended due to COVID-19, but the Gold Palette ArtWalk series is back.

The Scottsdale Gallery Association marks the return of its long-running Gold Palette ArtWalk series with a Art + Chocolate-themed event on Thursday, October 8.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., participating Scottsdale Arts District galleries will welcome masked event attendees with wrapped chocolate samples from local chocolatier Cerreta Candy Company and, for some of them, special exhibits.

“We are grateful to bring our beloved ArtWalk back to the streets of Old Town Scottsdale,” Scottsdale Gallery Association President French Thompson says.

The return of the Gold Palette ArtWalk also celebrates the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s 46th season.

“We hope continue to be the collaborative force for our artists to thrive in here Scottsdale—as well as on a national and global scale—despite the challenges of the pandemic,” Thompson says.

According to a press release, the ArtWalk will “abide by all state and local mandated regulations in regards to COVID-19,” including a mask requirement for people as they stroll the Scottsdale Arts District, enjoy special musical entertainment by a steel drum band, and view live artist demonstrations.

Participating galleries featuring chocolate sampling and/or special exhibitions include Art One Gallery, Xanadu Gallery and more.

Royse Contemporary, on the other hand, is not only extending its group exhibition, “Elements of Style II,” through October 31 but is also celebrating its three-year anniversary.

“We are thrilled that the Scottsdale Artwalk is relaunching,” owner Nicole Royse says.

“Elements of Style II” is described as an “eclectic,” “dynamic” collection of multimedia work that includes assemblage, drawing, mixed media, painting and photography works created by 12 Arizona artists.

“With such a variety of work, there is something for everyone, and I am truly honored to showcase these talented artists and excited to bring such proactive work to Scottsdale,” Royse says.

“I feel the combination of work and energy that each artist brings will be a stellar combination for our summer group exhibition and three-year anniversary of Royse Contemporary.”

Presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, the Gold Palette ArtWalk is offered eight times a year and brings together the finest art in Scottsdale, including 28 galleries and two museums, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

The rest of the 2020-21 ArtWalk schedule includes Canal Convergence on November 12, Scottsdazzle on December 10, Western Week on February 11 and Native Spirit on March 4, among other to-be-determined events.


Art + Chocolate participating galleries include the following:

Art One Gallery, 4130 N. Marshall Way

Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale, 7038 E. Main Street

Bonner David Gallery, 7040 E. Main Street

Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery, 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 5

French Designer Jeweler, 7148 E. Main Street

J Klein Gallery and The Art Factory, 7012 E. Main Street

On the Edge, 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 1

Quan’tum Art Inc., 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 16

Mainview Gallery, 7120 E. Main Street

Royse Contemporary, 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6

Signature Gallery, 7177 E. Main Street

Xanadu Gallery, 7039 E. Main Street, Suite 101

Wilde Meyer, 4142 N. Marshall Way