Arizona Fine Art EXPO now underway

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Are you ready for some art in the desert? The Arizona Fine Art EXPO is now underway.

For 10 weeks, you can visit 115 studios filled with artists working and demonstrating their techniques, creating original works of art in big white tents

Renowned artists from across the globe will make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale home 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.

"It's quite a variety of art," says event organizer Judi Combs. "It's also very educational for young children when you bring them out here."

The Arizona Fine Art EXPO runs Friday, January 16 through Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the "white tents" on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads.

The event features 115 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; delicately etch on scratch-board, stain and etch gourds; design lost wax casting; solder and weld jewelry; assemble mosaics and more.  Art is for sale and commissions are welcomed.
 
Patrons can stroll throughout one of the Valley's largest sculpture gardens, which includes a Koi pond and waterfall pond surrounded by natural desert. Other highlights include a cafe, wine tastings, garden parties, book signings throughout the show, live music every weekend and more. In addition, the non-profit American Healing Arts Foundation will provide free art classes for veterans during the show.

For nearly 34 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 11 years ago.  Watch "Art Made in America" in Scottsdale and at the EXPO.

Season passes cost $10; admission for seniors and military is $8; and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.  The event is wheelchair accessible. Special free art classes will also be offered for veterans through the non-profit American Healing Arts Foundation.

For more details about participating artists or events during the show, call (480) 837-7163 or visit www.ArizonaFineArtEXPO.com.