Arts & Culture
Art Intersection encourages creative individuals to take their work to the next level through programs and facilities in which they learn, create, and exhibit. Three galleries showcase art from emerging and established artists and a workplace is available for individuals to create their own art. If you need a black and white darkroom, to use Photoshop or Lightroom, or to make large digital prints, the facility is available; and, Art Intersection even offers 1-on-1 tutorials.
The space is also available for groups to hold events. Art and photography groups can even use the lab for workshops and lectures.
Gallery 4 is an extension of Art Intersection, but with a different mission. Exhibitions and programs in Gallery 4 invite the viewer to engage in personal reflection and conversation regarding social, environmental, and cultural topics. Artists presenting work in Gallery 4 intend to provoke thinking and stimulate dialogue for the exchange of ideas as well as community engagement.
Gilbert Art Walk is a bi-weekly art gathering that takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from October – March. Offering an array of artistic styles for exhibition and sale, this casual and eclectic event offers locals and tourists an opportunity to discover emerging and well-known artists alike.
Art Walk is held at Water Tower Park, located at the intersections of W. Page Avenue and N. Ash Street in Gilbert.
Gilbert is home to a powerful 9/11 Memorial that pays tribute to the lives lost during the worst act of terrorism on American soil. The memorial features an 8-foot steel girder beam that once held up the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Four granite walls feature the names of those lost in the attacks. The memorial rests on a pentagon shape and is surrounded by bricks, some of which have messages from donors and can be found at the Municipal buildings at 50 E. Civic Center Drive.
Gilbert Historical Museum has been at the heart of the Gilbert community since 1982. The HD SOUTH building, the original Gilbert Elementary School built in 1913 and home to the museum, sits proudly on the National Register of Historic Places, the only building in Gilbert with that designation.
Did you have a chance to view Brian Korsedal’s INFLUX art on the front lawn of the Gilbert Heritage Museum? If you missed it, stay tuned for next year’s installation. INFLUX brings together art, economic development, and property management organizations throughout the greater Phoenix area to provide opportunities for Arizona artists to create site-specific temporary public art installations in a wide variety of locations.
INFLUX provides unique project opportunities for artists to expand their skills, innovatively apply their creativity, and garner public recognition for their work. INFLUX offers new perspective on the connections between community organizations, city governments, local businesses, artists, and audiences.
The INFLUX initiative, currently operated through the strategic partnership of eleven organizations in Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe was launched by Scottsdale Public Art in 2010 as an initiative for temporary installations in vacant storefronts. The initiative has since continued to expand and gain momentum since its inception, increasing its positive impact on our local communities and our Arizona artists.
We are so happy to have Brian Korsedal’s artwork on display!
Participants of Gilbert Leadership Class XXI unveiled their community project which includes an art mural painted on the south-facing wall of the American Legion Merrill Mitchell Post 39 and an open space improvement with park features in the once-vacant lot immediately south of the mural. The mural depicts the Town of Gilbert during the World War I era, circa 1917, with the exception of the “Gilbert” sign, which was later added across Gilbert Road in the early 1930s. To further enhance the project, a plaque has been created to explain the significance of the site and was incorporated in the Heritage District History Walk.
The Higley Center for the Performing Arts features two performance spaces – the concert hall which seats 1,235 and includes all of the technical amenities of a professional venue, and the 186-seat theatre for smaller stage performances.
Gilbert Visual Art League
The Gilbert Visual Art League offers a venue for local artists to showcase their work and strives to increase artistic awareness and appreciation in the community and surrounding area. Membership comes with many benefits including monthly meetings, access to exclusive local venues and two annual art shows including a Spring juried art show and a Fall member art show. Visit us at GVAL.org for more details and timing of art shows.
For the safety of the community and visitors, many events have been modified, postponed, or canceled. Please go to gilbertaz.gov/events for updated information on events in Gilbert.
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