Arts & Culture
Stunning natural beauty is just the beginning in Surprise, where art and culture extend to all corners of the city and include everything from fine arts and galleries to local traditional crafts and performances.
Arts HQ Gallery
While in Surprise, check out the Arts HQ, which is the West Valley’s gathering place for artistic inspiration and serves as the official headquarters for arts and cultural information for our region’s residents and visitors. Exhibits, performances, and special events bring national and statewide arts experiences to our own backyard, Local artists and arts organizations are also featured to encourage patrons to explore and support our vibrant local art scene. The Arts HQ consists of 2,500 square feet of gallery space – plus an outdoor courtyard – connected by a covered breezeway. These flexible spaces allow for a multitude of arts and cultural events and can be adapted to meet various visual and performance requirements. Hours are Tues – Thurs: 10am – 5pm and Fri: 10am – 2pm Closed Weekends and Mondays. West Valley Arts HQ is located at 16126 N Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374. Admission to view exhibits is FREE! 623.584.2626 www.westvalleyarts.org
Surprise City Hall Art Collection
The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission selects rotating art displays and some permanent pieces of the city’s art collection. The exhibit is located in the first-floor lobby and hallway of Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. All paintings and sculptures are by area artists and are viewable during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., excluding holidays.
West Valley Symphony
All Symphony concerts are on Sundays at 3:00 p.m.,November through March, at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374. The Valley Vista Performing Arts Center at Valley Vista High School is a state-of-the-art performing arts center which offers a roomy lobby, 1,300 seats, professional BOSE sound, and theatrical lighting. For more information, please visit: westvalleysymphony.org
Reflections of Surprise Media Mosaic
Located at Maricopa County’s northwest regional library, this media mosaic measures 12’ x 78’ bas-relief made of colorful clay and glass tiles, metal, and stone. It must be seen up close to fully appreciate the fine detail and imagery. After viewing the mosaic consider spending several hours at the $5.5 million, 20,000-square-foot library which features a gift shop, and many public access flat screen computers and separate adult, teen and child areas with greenhouse reading rooms overlooking a five-acre lake.
WHAM Art Association’s new showroom for visual arts is a perfect new venue for juried art shows. WHAM is located on 16560 North Dysart Road in Surprise, Arizona. WHAM West Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.