Scottsdale Library Launches Wright Design Exhibit

2017 Taliesin West, front evening; Photo: Andrew Pielage

Opening reception slated for Sept. 21

© 2018 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottdale, AZ. Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York). All rights reserved.

Valley residents are invited to learn more about the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright’s impact on Arizona architecture through Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona from Sept. 15 – Dec. 31 at the Gallery @ the Library, Scottsdale Civic Center, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard.

“Frank Lloyd Wright believed the United States needed an architecture of its own, but also believed that the dramatically different geographic areas of the country called for designs that were appropriate to their character,” said Margo Stipe, director and curator of collections for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “He was enchanted by Arizona and said it ‘seems to cry out for a space-loving architecture of its own.’”

The American Institute of Architects has called Wright the “greatest American architect of all time.” Celebrate his work with this exhibition, which features images and artifacts connected to notable Wright-designed buildings in the Grand Canyon State, including Taliesin West in Scottsdale, the David & Gladys Wright House in Phoenix and the Harold Price Sr. House in Paradise Valley.

Footprints on the Desert offers a brief introduction to Wright’s ideas about how to build in the Southwest,” Stipe said. “Centered around Taliesin West, the architect’s iconic winter home here, the exhibit features designs, built and unbuilt, of what both public and private spaces could be when designed with an appreciation for the brutal power and incredible beauty of the desert. The takeaway, we hope, will be inspiration and the understanding that our living spaces matter — and that so much more is possible than most of what is being built today.”

An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 21, from 6:30–8pm. The keynote speaker will be Scottsdale architect Vernon Swaback, a Wright apprentice and former director of planning for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. In addition to the reception four free workshops will be offered at the library throughout the exhibitions run, the first of which is scheduled for October 8.

This project was made possible, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in cooperation with Scottsdale Public Art, the City of Scottsdale, the Arizona Heritage Center and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

For information about the exhibition, visit and click on the “Temporary Art/Exhibitions” link or call 480.874.4645.

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Returns May 14

Professionally produced by HDE Agency in partnership with SanTan Brewing Company, the award-winning, sixth annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival is set to return to the Scottsdale Civic Center on Saturday, May 14, from 12-6pm. Presented by Rexam, AmeriCAN features more than 300 rare beers from over 100 local and national breweries, many of which are not available in the state of Arizona.
Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard, AmeriCAN will celebrate the canned craft beer revolution with live entertainment, food, a VIP tent, beer science garden and beer Olympic games. New elements this year include a mobile canning station and brewing demonstrations.

AmeriCAN isn’t just a festival, it’s also a competition. The week before the festival, more than
40 certified craft beer judges will gather to taste and vote for their favorites in nine categories including IPA, American Pale Ale, English Pale Ale, Wheat Beers, Stouts and Porters, Ambers and Browns, Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers, Fruit, and Specialty Beer. Gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced via live stream on May 9 at

Pre-sale general admission tickets are available online for $35 and include admission, a souvenir can and 20 four-ounce pours. Day of admission is $45. VIP tickets are also available through pre-sale purchase for $100. VIP tickets include admission one hour early, a souvenir can, 20 four-ounce pours, catered food, a private VIP zone with private restrooms and exclusive specialty beer sampling. AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will open its doors at 12pm to VIP ticket holders and at 1pm for general admission. The festival ends at 6pm.

A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the Arizona Society of Homebrewers (ASH). The Scottsdale Cultural Council serves Scottsdale residents, visitors, cultural institutions and artists by creating and advancing high quality arts and cultural experiences and opportunities. For more information about the Scottsdale Cultural Council, visit The Arizona Society of Homebrewers strives to preserve and promote the time-honored tradition of homebrewing and to recognize it as an art form through information, education and dedicated practices. For more information and to become a member, visit ASH online at

This is a 21-and-over event, no exceptions. Ticket purchasers and all guests must be 21 or over and must present a valid picture ID upon admission. For more event information or to purchase tickets, visit

Photos by Kelli Tresgallo

Scottsdale Holiday Happenings

From ice skating and sledding – to holiday lights and horse drawn carriages – get into the holiday spirit throughout Scottsdale this month.

Scottsdale Civic Center
Grab your sleds and head to the Holiday Harmony on Sunday, December 2, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, located at 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard. Enjoy live holiday performances, a snow slide and snow sledding. Starts at 3:30pm and goes until the Mayor’s tree lighting at 6:15pm.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights
Take a train ride through more than 100,000 lights and a variety of holiday displays beginning December 14. Runs 6:30-9pm nightly through January 5 (excluding December 24, 25 and 31). Visit

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Ice Skating in the Desert
The Princess brings its new Desert Ice Holiday Rink now through January 6. The 5,400-square-foot rink, made with real ice, is open daily to the public. Visit

Kierland Commons

  • Miracle on Main Street runs December 1, 8 and 15 with Saturdays full of holiday cheer:
  • Photos with Santa (fee applies)  – 12-8pm
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus – 3:30-5:30pm (every hour on the half)
  • Live, festive music – 3-6pm
  • Snowfall – 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides – 6-9pm

Across the street, Scottsdale Quarter’s iPic Theatre presents The Nutcracker from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet on December 5 at 6:30pm. Visit

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