Several Scottsdale artists scheduled to participate in upcoming ‘Small Works’ art show


Non-profit organization Sonoran Arts League presents “The Top Shelf Invitational Small Works Show” for a fourth consecutive year Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, March 15 at the League’s Center for the Arts, located in Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 144.

The juried fine art show is expected to feature nearly 200 works of art by Arizona artists, both regionally and nationally known, according to a press release.

While sizes vary, each artist was asked to create works close to a 12-inch by 12-inch configuration, not including framing or matting. The show will feature diverse paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, and mixed media creations by League members and other artists outside of the League.

New this year, the “Puttin’ On The Ritz” opening reception and cocktail chic gala will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at the League’s Center for the Arts. The event is free to the public and will feature live music by Mayberry Blues “Ronny Lee & Jolie Renee,” hors d’oeuvres and a beer and wine garden.

A closing party will take place on Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The closing party will also feature live music, light refreshments, and a “trunk show” featuring additional artwork and artist demonstrations.

“Our goal is to grow our show and make it one of the top small works shows in the country,” said event chair Stephanie Newman, in a prepared statement.

“We already attract top-notch artists, but we’re also aware that we need to appeal to seasoned collectors. That’s one reason we moved the show from December to February, during the peak of art season.”

Seasoned and emerging artists also have an incentive to participate. During the opening gala, prizes will be awarded in the following categories: $1,000 Best of Show, $250 Patron Award, $150 Platinum Award, and $100 Gold Award. Ribbons will be presented for first place awards in individual categories.

Pat Bell-Demers, executive director of the Sonoran Arts League, said patrons enjoy seeing how creative artists can be when working within a limited space.

“It’s not easy to be restricted to a small space, and I think some of the artists thrive on that challenge,” Ms. Bell-Demers said in a prepared statement. “It’s definitely one of our more popular shows, and we invite everyone to come meet the artists and be inspired by their creativity.”

After the opening gala on Feb. 21, The Top Shelf Invitational Small Works Show will be open through Sunday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

For more details, call 480-575-6624, or visit