In Phoenix this spring for sunny weather, Spring Training baseball and desert wildflower hikes? You need to add these seasonal museum exhibits and art festivals to your to-do list.
February 23-March 3
The Scottsdale Waterfront transforms into an art lovers' playground for four days, as large-scale installations take over the ground, water and air. Explore engaging and interactive pieces bursting with light and color, and enjoy live music and performances.
Art at this outdoor festival isn’t just for observing. Interactive exhibitions engage guests to find their own spark of creativity, while enjoying musical performances, activities, food and a beer and wine garden. Past festivals immersed visitors in participatory experiences and inspiring art installations; expect to find more surprises this year.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa 85211
The multi-day community arts event celebrates its 30th year this spring. Over the week, galleries will open their doors for studio visits, tours, one-time exhibits and installations, pop-up galleries, a family-friendly "Kid's Detour" and performances. Maps, schedules and shuttles will be on hand guide you through the weekend.
Downtown Phoenix: Check the website for maps as more details are available.
You've been admiring a lot of art, so now take home your own works from the 350 national and local artists at Tempe's huge annual festival. Lining the streets of Mill Avenue are vendors, visual artists, family activities, street performers and food and drink. Don't miss the Cottage Arts section, dedicated exclusively to handmade seasonings, soaps, candles and more.
Mill Avenue District, 281 S Mill Ave, Tempe, 85281
February 24-May 13
45 of Dutch fashion designer Van Herpen's innovative creations are on display in a series of 15 collections at the Phoenix Art Museum. The pieces in the installation showcase the designer's progressive construction techniques with 3D printing, and include a selection of her incredible shoe designs.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix
Through April 15
A renowned Native American artist of the 20th century, T.C Cannon's art is said have power to engage and foster ideas in its viewers. Analyze his sprawling canvases and the many themes they speak to: A tribute to the power of music in A Remembered Muse; his artistic twist on the Kiowa history in Washington Landscape with Peace Medal Medallion; and many more. This is the first time Cannon's paintings have been on display in more then 20 years.
Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix
March 2, April 6, May 4
Spend the night out at downtown's monthly, self-guided art walk through the Roosevelt Row Arts District and beyond. Art spaces, galleries and studios open their doors for exploration, cultural attractions such as Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum offer free admission and activities, and the streets become a lively scene for walkers seeking art, food, shopping and bars.
Through May 6
The stars of this exhibit, on display for the first time in the United States, are ancient flutes, drums, massive racks of bronze bells and music-related artwork excavated from tombs of Chinese nobility. See more than 60 instruments and pieces of art spanning nine thousand years of Chinese history and culture.
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix
Through May 13
Turn the corner at the Desert Botanical Garden, and you'll come face-to-face with a colorful raccoon-dog or a larger than life ceramic head. The sculptures are the work of famed Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko, and they'll be living along the garden trails this season for photo ops or mindful observation.
Through May 28
You may know the tragedy of Pompeii—but did you know it before as a busy commercial and strategic center of Italy? This blockbuster exhibit takes you back to 79 A.D. before the catastrophic eruption through ancient art, including life-size marble sculptures, reconstructed mosaics and frescoes, jewelry and more artifacts from Pompeii's past.
Arizona Science Center, 600 E Washington St, Phoenix