Arizona Fine Art EXPO
RENOWNED ARTISTS from across the globe will make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale home for 10 weeks as they create original pieces of fine art in what has come to be known as one of Arizona’s best venues for collecting fine art. The Arizona Fine Art EXPO begins Friday, January 13 and runs through Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily under the “festive white tents” at 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads, next to MacDonald’s Ranch. Season passes cost $10; season passes for seniors and military are $8; and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.
The event features 110 patron-friendly studios within a 44,000 square-foot space, where guests have a rare chance to meet the artists, see them in action, and learn about their passion, inspiration and techniques. roughout the 10 weeks, artisans will sketch passionately in pencil, charcoal and pastels; sculpt and fire clay; drill, chisel and carve stone; paint in all media; stain and etch gourds; design lost wax casting; solder and weld jewelry; assemble mosaics and more. Art is for sale and commissions are welcomed.
One of this year’s talented artists is Anthony Barbano, a glass-blowing sculptor from Salt Lake City. He specializes in 22 carat gold and pure silver fume glass, creating beautiful, delicate jewelry and glass sculpture.
“Being an artist with Italian ancestry, I am drawn to fine art,” Barbano said. “My passion for this art form began when I was just a child. I feel it is important to consistently develop my skills in new glass blowing processes. Challenging myself outside of my comfort zone has helped me grow and develop my skills.”
Patrons to EXPO can stroll throughout a two-acre sculpture garden, which includes a Koi pond with waterfall and hummingbird garden surrounded by natural desert. Other highlights include a café, wine tastings, garden parties, book signings, Arabian horse quick-draw event, live music every weekend and more.
For 35 years, Thunderbird Artists has played a very important role in uniting gifted artists with patrons across the world by producing award-winning fine art and fine wine festivals. A family-run business, Thunderbird Artists’ success and the encouragement of artists prompted the birth of the Arizona Fine Art EXPO 13 years ago.
For more details about participating artists or events during the show, call (480) 837-7163 or visit www.ArizonaFineArtEXPO.com.