Williams, Arizona, is more than just the gateway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Creatives from around the region and the world love to visit the community to share and sell their creations. And on the second Saturday of each month, Route 66 in downtown Williams comes alive with its Art Walk. Walk down the “Mother Road,” and you’ll see eye-catching art in gallery windows, including ceramics, paintings, murals, and glass, as the smell of local food and the sound of live music fills the air.
If you and your family can’t plan your trip to Williams around the second Saturday festivities, we’ve made a list of the galleries and other shops you should visit when you arrive, including Native American art and historic venues. There’s something creative around every corner of Williams, and the city can’t wait to show your family what we have to offer.
The Gallery in Williams
Founded over 10 years ago by two teachers who believed that the community needed a place to show off the city’s creative talents, this co-op gallery is now the home to over 40 artists who represent the best that northern Arizona has to offer. And because of the owners’ backgrounds in education, this family-friendly space is not only perfect for adults, but there are plenty of exhibits and events centered around children and seniors as well. And if you’re looking for that perfect holiday gift, The Gallery in Williams has something for everyone on your list.
Colors of the West
If you’re looking for the perfect piece of apparel to remember your trip or something homemade to share with that special someone, then Colors of the West has what you’re looking for. Housed in a building that was supposed to be a bank, each room in this expansive downtown shop has a particular theme ranging from the patriotism of Old Glory to bespoke tributes to Route 66. You can also find beautiful pottery, one-of-a-kind apparel, jewelry, and other interior decorations for your home.
Because this gallery has been working with the Navajo and Hopi tribes in Arizona and New Mexico for over two decades, Thunder Eagle has one of the largest inventories of certified Native jewelry and art in northern Arizona. This space includes a selection of pottery, artifacts, knives, and other artifacts. If you’re searching for traditional turquoise jewelry or something a little more contemporary, chances are you’re going to find what you’re looking for (and probably a whole lot more you want). And what keeps people coming back is the gallery’s reputation for great customer service, relaxed shopping atmosphere, reasonable prices, and gorgeous artwork.
The Historic Yellow House
This historic landmark was constructed in 1893 and served as a family home. Several years ago, it was restored into a vacation rental just outside of historic downtown Williams. Not only the perfect place to stay when visiting, but it also serves as the perfect event space for art shows and garden and home tours. It’s also a work of art in itself with its amazing architecture, impressive stonework, natural panoramic views, and 1920s artifacts and decor, all lovingly restored for visitors to enjoy. Be sure to stop by during the holidays to see all the lights and other decorations.
Civitan on 66
If you’re trying to find that perfect vintage look for your home or wardrobe, there’s plenty to discover at this downtown shop. And your purchase benefits the nonprofit Civitan Foundation Inc., which runs an accessible special needs camp nearby.
And if you want a guide to all the murals and other public art in downtown Williams, be sure to stop by the Visitors’ Center downtown for a guide to help you get the most out of your visit.