Unique, changing and ever-exciting



The eye of the beholder — that’s where art lives. And there’s plenty for beholders to view throughout Scottsdale’s renowned arts district.

Among the district’s eclectic mix is J. Klein Gallery, itself eclectic in genre. Located on Main Street in Old Town, it includes classic Western themes rendered in contemporary style. It is home to three artists: Jim Klein, whose favored medium is acrylic; Jeffrey Berryman, whose oils are done on industrial forms of metal; and wildlife sculptor Dan Ostermiller, whose detailed bronzes range from hand-held size to larger-than-life outdoor installations.

Another unique store on Marshall Way is The Paper Place, a family-run Scottsdale treasure for going on four decades. Treating invitations as an art form, it also offers a variety of gift ideas.

Self-describing its location as “on the edge” of the arts district, On the Edge Gallery on 5th Avenue is a co-op of more than 40 artists that offers gift items as well as fine art.

Native American art draws from a wealth of traditions and is a cultural expression of a diversity of tribes. Territorial Indian Arts is one of the oldest of our local galleries of Native American art, and offers variety that ranges from antique Southwest Indian baskets and Pueblo Indian pottery to Hopi kachinas to antique Indian beadwork and contemporary Indian turquoise and silver jewelry.

Helping set the tone for the area is the wonderful public art throughout the district. Current installations from Scottsdale Public Art include the interactive “Los Trompos” sculptures, created by award-winning Mexican artists and designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, that mimic children’s spinning tops. Not only visually delightful art, each piece also functions as seating that fosters social interaction as well as offering welcome relaxation and entertainment. It is actually 10 installations, with the varied tops on display at changing locations throughout Scottsdale but finally coming together next month (Feb. 23–26) as part of the grand Canal Convergence at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

J. Klein Gallery
7136 E. Main St., Scottsdale
(480) 941-3442

On the Edge Gallery
7050 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 265-8991

The Paper Place
4130 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
(480) 941-2858

Territorial Indian Arts
7077 E. Main St., Scottsdale
(480) 945-5432

Picture is of Los Trompos by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Photo by Sean Deckert


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