Fine Art And Wine Festival Returns To Carefree November 4-6


Artwork by Darrell Thomas

Artwork by Darrell Thomas

Thunderbird Artists kicks off its 35th season with the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 4-6 along Ho Hum and Easy Streets in Downtown Carefree. Now in its 23rd year, the Carefree show features 140 renowned, juried artists who will showcase and sell their original work from 10am-5pm each day.

Denise Dale, vice president of Thunderbird Artists, says this year’s season of shows will include new entertainers, new emerging artists and an expanded selection of wine, microbrews and more.

“The ambiance of our shows can’t be beat, and patrons appreciate the fact that artists are juried into each festival,” Dale says.

The 35th season of festivals includes new entertainers as well. One of the highlights of the Carefree festival will be the steel drum musical stylings of Paul McDermand.

The artisans in the Carefree show will come from all over the country and abroad to display paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and ink, impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures, hand blown glass, baskets, clay, metal, stone, handcrafted jewelry, photography and more. This year’s featured artist is Darrell Thomas of North Phoenix.

“Darrell is well known for his vibrant oil paintings that draw you into the painting and make you feel like you are there,” Dale says.

The festival combines fine art with an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines and micro-brews for tasting. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass with six tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1.

Admission to the Festival is $3 for adults, and free for children 17 years or younger. For more information, call 480.837.5637 or visit www.thunderbirdartists.com.

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