Kraig Foote, owner of Art One Gallery, Inc., will be celebrating 25 years of helping students achieve their dream of becoming successful artists this month. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, the gallery has been displaying student artwork since 1993.
“I started the gallery to help college students,” Foote said.
One of Foote’s friends was an assistant professor at ASU teaching interior design. Many of the professor’s students were also artists, and when they came to the house on weekends for classes, they would often bring their art projects. Foote soon discovered that most of these students had never shown their work professionally in a gallery. He also understood that these students needed a guiding hand to find success in the art world. That’s when he decided to make it his mission to help college students succeed while growing their artistic talents into a viable profession.
Foote developed his eye for art while working at the Arizona Design Center. There, he interacted with designers, architects and clients as he learned to appreciate art from those who admire, purchase and collect it.
He soon realized, though, that high school art students often needed more guidance than their college counterparts. Students would come into the gallery without any understanding about how to promote and sell their art.
“We teach them how to put portfolios together and to accept critiques,” Foote said. “So, when they go to college, they’re prepared.”
Students must meet several requirements to show their work at Art One Gallery.
First, they must be accompanied by either their teacher or a parent. Next, they must agree to having their work critiqued by the gallery, and finally, they must maintain a grade of B or better in all their classes. High school art students receive all proceeds from the sale of their artwork.
Foote also accepts work from students at the Autism Academy and One Step Beyond. These students, too, retain all profits from selling their art.
Art One Gallery welcomes students from all around the Valley, and its new charitable foundation for student artists. This foundation raises money and accepts donations to furnish students with free art supplies, tuition and studio space.
“We’re here for the community,” Foote said. “To help the community grow by investing in their students.”
The work shown at Art One Gallery isn’t limited to oil and watercolor paintings. It showcases many artistic mediums including ceramics, wood carvings, photography, furniture and glass sculpture. The gallery receives new pieces every day, and all its inventory is featured on its website allowing out-of-town collectors the ease of ordering online.
Art One Gallery will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Thursday, November 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees will be treated to homemade tacos, music and artists doing live demonstrations. This event is free and open to the public.
You can also participate in the Scottsdale Art Walk every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. year-round.