Art & Wine Lover’s Paradise


Pictured: Wearable art by Shows Studios

Pictured: Wearable art by Shows Studios

In 1993, Thunderbird Artists and the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce partnered to produce the first juried fine art event the town had ever seen. Fast forward to today and the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival has officially become a “signature event” for the Town of Carefree, which returns this month.

February 26-28, the festival will feature Shows Studios, a husband and wife team specializing in metalwork. Andrew and Turza Shows have been collaborating to create one-of-kind wearable pieces since 1978. Their combined talents merge to achieve a unique style of colorful inlay and carved-stone jewelry. The application of their jewelry designs involves cutting and carving stones of different images, fabricating the sterling silver or gold settings and arranging them in mosaic patterns.

In addition to the works by Shows Studios, this festival features more than 165 juried, world-class artists displaying over 5,000 original pieces of artwork in a variety of mediums. Wine tasting, as well as rum sampling, is also offered, with a vast array of wines to sample from around the world, while delicious food and delectable chocolates supply the final touches to the unparalleled ambience this festival holds.

Pam Barker and Bruce Rudolph together form Rockin’ Memories, the featured musicians for the event. This fine art event will take place in the heart of Downtown

Carefree, from 10am-5pm each day. Admission is $3 and parking is free. For more information, call 480.837.5637 or visit www.thunderbirdartists.com.

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