Celebration Of Fine Art Brings The Best Of Art Galleries, Studios And Shows To Scottsdale
21st year in the "big white tents" takes place Jan. 15 through March 27.
- Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (1888PressRelease) January 06, 2011 - Celebration of Fine Art, a fusion of the best of art galleries, art studios and art shows, brings 100 of the finest artists from around the globe to Scottsdale, Ariz. This year marks the 21st annual for the event, which is located at Scottsdale Rd. and the Loop 101 and operates from Jan. 15 to March 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday.
The juried, invitational show and art sale is more than 40,000 square feet of working studios and works of art by known and emerging artists all assembled under the "big white tents." Visitors range from serious collectors to first-time-buyers who feel at-ease in the comfortable and inviting atmosphere.
The Celebration of Fine Art has been called "One of the West's Premier Art Events" by Art & Antiques magazine, and today, it attracts more than 50,000 visitors over the 10-week show. Annual sales have topped $5 million per year, and nearly 90 percent of visitors make it an annual tradition, providing the city of Scottsdale a significant boost in tourism.
"Part of what has made this show so popular is the live interaction with the artists and the range of artists," said Susan Morrow Potje, co-owner and show director. "Visitors get to watch artists create their pieces live, ask questions and learn about what inspired their designs. We have artists from all over the country who specialize in painting, sculpting, metalwork, and jewelry, among others."
Styles range from realistic to impressionistic, western realism, abstract to contemporary. Subjects include landscapes to wildlife to still life and nearly all media is represented. In addition to the tented areas, the show features a landscaped sculpture garden, which is nearly an acre in size.
"We are proud to be a part of the vibrant, energetic and diverse art scene in Scottsdale," Morrow Potje said. "The dynamics of how the art lovers and the artists connect at the Celebration of Fine Art has changed the way people feel about buying art. Collectors value the special connection that is fostered in this incredible, relaxed environment and the artists thrive on the feedback and real relationships that they have with their collectors."
Celebration of Fine Art is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, and children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are all-event passes, good for the entire 10-week show. A café on the premises serves light fare.
What: Celebration of Fine Art, 40,000 square feet of working studios and art work
When: Saturday, Jan. 15 - Sunday, March 27
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., everyday
Where: Scottsdale Rd. and the Loop 101
(south of Mayo Blvd. in the "big white tents")
Cost: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, children under 12 are admitted at no charge. The Celebration of Fine Art ticket is an all-event pass that is good for all 10 weeks.
Information: For show details and information on participating artists, visit www.celebrateart.com.