Galleries Go Global During Scottsdale International ArtWalk

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Lynn Trimble
One of many lanterns we spotted on the streets of Old Town in Scottsdale Thursday night.
We're used to seeing floating art installations atop a portion of the Arizona Canal during Scottsdale Public Art's annual Canal Convergence event. But way back in the 16th century, South Koreans set giant lanterns on a river as a way to prevent their enemies from crossing it, which gave rise to an annual lantern festival there. More than a dozen lanterns from that ceremony were featured on the streets of Old Town during the Scottsdale International ArtWalk on Thursday, July 7 — where we spotted a mix of international and local artwork, street entertainers, and gallery-goers.