Disney’s Magic Touches Arizona Fine Art Expo Artist — Expo runs through March 24

In the last few weeks of the Arizona Fine Art Expo, one artist’s mind is off in a far-away land. Jacinthe Dugal-Lacroix may be sculpting and painting at the fine art show in North Scottsdale, but she’s deep in thought at a remote snowy kingdom where a Snow Queen’s icy spell has caused all kinds of chaos.

An acclaimed artist from Canada, Dugal-Lacroix recently began working with Wyland Gallery in Florida, where she was invited to showcase her work at the Epcot Festival of Fine Art in February. She also has been commissioned by the gallery to create licensed bronze sculptures with the Disney film Frozen as her inspiration.

“The invitation to exhibit my work at the Epcot Festival of Fine Art was quite an honor,” Dugal-Lacroix said. “I’m particularly proud of my new work, The Bluebell Collection, which depicts two whimsical characters, a dog named Blue and a dragon named Bell. The name Bluebell comes from the translation of my name, Jacinthe, which is the flower ‘bluebell’ in English. I plan to have both Blue and Bell in every sculpture interacting with different story line including kids in most of them. As of now, I have about 22 scenarios written down. I can’t wait to transform these scenarios into whimsical bronze sculptures and paintings.”

Living in a far-away land is actually something Dugal-Lacroix can relate to. Several years ago, she and her husband, Marc, gave up their home to travel and exhibit her work throughout North America fulltime in their RV, which they affectionately call ‘the Vagabond Bus.’

“It’s quite an adventure,” Dugal-Lacroix said. “Our RV is 43 feet long and we have a 27-foot trailer hooked to the back. Bumper to bumper we are 70 feet long. I can sculpt smaller pieces inside of the RV, but most of my work is done either in my trailer studio or outside at campsites and other stops.”

While The Bluebell Collection will be available for sale at Arizona Fine Art Expo, Dugal-Lacroix’s “Frozen” sculptures will only be available for sale through Disney. She has several other pieces from her “Dancer” series that are for sale at the fine art show, including life-size and table-top sculptures and paintings.

Arizona Fine Art Expo is open daily through March 24 from 10am to 6pm in the white tents located at 26540 North Scottsdale Road, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads next to MacDonald’s Ranch.

Season passes for the Arizona Fine Art Expo cost $10. Seniors and military can purchase a season pass for $8 and children 12 and younger are free. Parking is free. For details, call 480. 837.7163 or visit www.arizonafineartexpo.com.

Arizona Fine Art Expo Kicks Off In January

Enjoy ten weeks of fine art and more

Artists from across the globe will make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in North Scottsdale home for 10 weeks as they create original pieces of 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 12, and runs through Sunday, March 25, from 10am to 6pm daily under the white tents at 26540 North Scottsdale Road, 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 115 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. Throughout the 10 weeks, artisans will sketch passionately in pencil, charcoal and pastels; sculpt and fire clay; chisel and shape stone; and saw and carve wood sculptures. Artists also will paint in all media; stain and etch gourds; design lost wax casting; solder and weld jewelry; assemble mosaics, blow glass, plus fuse and kiln form glass sculptures. Art is for sale and commissions are welcomed.

New this year, two contemporary glass artists, Gregory Tomb and Anthony Barbano, will conduct glassblowing demonstrations throughout the 10-week show. Tomb will also offer glassblowing and glass fusing classes. More information about the classes will be posted soon. In addition, Scott Shangraw, an acclaimed wood carver from New Mexico, will conduct chainsaw sculpture demonstrations February 3, 17, and 24.

Also new this year, the Expo is introducing chef Giancarlo Stefanutto and owner Glenn Wagner of Sogno Toscano Vineyard of Italy. Chef Giancarlo will demonstrate and share samples of delicious edibles Saturday, January 20 and February 10.

Patrons can also stroll throughout an enhanced two-acre sculpture garden, which will feature nearly 20 stone, metal, glass and mixed media sculptures.

For more details about participating artists or events during the show, call 480.837.7163 or visit www.arizonafineartexpo.com.

Get “Up Close” With Arabian Horses At Art Expo

claudiaaFebruary at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO begins with a nod to exotic beauty, stamina and spirit as the 10-week fine art show welcomes special guests from the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.

The event, “Up Close with Royal Arabian Horses,” takes place Saturday, February 4, from 1-3pm, giving patrons a chance to see two magnificent Royal Arabian horses up close. The two-hour event also will feature a lively Quick Draw, where artists have a brief timed period to draw the horses, and several artists will plein-air paint them.quick-draw-event-arabian-horses-at-expo

“This is a rare chance to see these radiant horses up close, learn about their history, and see how artists recreate their striking beauty,” says Judith Combs, CEO of the award-winning Thunderbird Artists and CEO/partner of Arizona Fine Art EXPO. “Bring your camera to capture their beauty and then spend the afternoon touring through artist studios or relaxing in our sculpture garden.”

bellasoleilgaArizona Fine Art EXPO has come to be known as one of Arizona’s best venues for collecting fine art. The event features 110 patron-friendly working 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 inspiration and techniques. Throughout 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.

The Arizona Fine Art EXPO runs daily through March 26 from 10am-6pm under the “festive white tents” at 26540 North Scottsdale Road, 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.

For more details about participating artists or events during the show, call 480.837.7163 or visit www.arizonafineartexpo.com.

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