Art Apart

With the amount of breakables among the more than 185 booths at the Scottsdale Arts Festival this year -- including jewelry, ceramic, drawing, glass, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture -- you'd be best off shopping with your eyes. But while you may not be able to touch most of the art (either with your fingers or your wallet), there's one piece you can ride.

Among the works that will be on display is a public art installation called "Spinning Our Wheels" by Aris Georgiades. The idea behind the component bike sculpture is that people (with Georgiades' assistance) will get on the sculpture and work together to gain momentum. The resulting visual is supposed to reflect the experience of "going in circles" in our daily lives.

If pedaling Georgiades' sculpture gives you a desire to stop and smell the Nag Champa, "experts" from Desert Song Yoga and Clutter Rehab will offer some direction on balancing and centering those buzzing brains.

Like many of its copycat festivals, the Scottsdale Arts Festival also combines fashion, food and music, but the 35-year-old affair keeps cramming more onto the grounds of the 21-acre Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, never sacrificing quality in the quest for quantity.

LabelHorde Fashion and the Arizona Fashion Foundation will put on a fashion show at 2 p.m. each day of the festival, featuring the latest threads by 10 Arizona designers, and there will be an international smorgasbord of food from vendors such as Alaska Salmon Grill, Bavarian Catering, Euro Gyro, Crepe Tyme, and Nello's Pizza. Entertainment includes magicians and juggling stilt-walkers, and local bands like Barrio Latino, the Walt Richardson Band, Azz Izz, Sunday Afternoon, and Turning Point will crank up an audio cocktail that includes rock, reggae, jazz and pop.

There's even a kids' area, Imagine Nation, with plenty of art you can touch.