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Celebration of Fine Art - Scottsdale, Arizona

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Celebration of Fine Art - Sarah J. Webber

Artist, Sarah J. Webber

©Elizabeth R. Rose

Location:

From Loop 101 take the Scottsdale Road exit and head south. The white tents can be find not far from Mayo Blvd. Map

What's Happening?:

Imagine visiting 100 artists' studios in one day! At the Celebration of Fine Art you can watch art develop. This annual gathering of over 100 artists, who show and sell their gallery quality work, in the "big white tents on Scottsdale Road" has become one of the foremost annual events in Scottsdale.

Jury Selected Artists:

100 artists from throughout Arizona and across the U.S. exhibit their works. Most artists work at the Celebration and turn their exhibits into studios. The ability to interact with the artists is one of the things visitors like best about the Celebration.

Sculpture Court:

Over 80 life-size and monumental sculptures grace the courtyard of the Celebration. This special exhibit is called "Art in the Garden" and contains work of nationally known sculptors from across the U.S. This is the largest exhibit of its kind in the Southwest.

Food Service:

The Celebration Cafe offers visitors coffee, soft drinks, snacks and light lunches that include soups, salads and sandwiches. Sit at round tables and enjoy the view of the show and the sculpture garden.

Dates and Hours:

January 16th through March 28th, 2010, Open Daily 10 am to 6 pm

Parking:

Ample free parking.

Cost:

Season tickets for all 10 weeks of the show are $8.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors and military. No charge for children under 12. Here's a two for one coupon.

Where Can I Get More Information?:

Phone: 480-443-7695
Website

About the Celebration:

The Celebration has gained a national following with repeat visitors who say they plan their trips to Scottsdale to coincide with the event. This show is unique. Visitors can meet the artists who set up working studios on site. In addition to the exhibiting artists inside the tents, there is a landscaped central courtyard where life size and monumental sculpture is exhibited by some of the country's leading sculptors.

I spent the day at the Celebration in 2009 and was very pleasantly surprised. I went early on a week day at opening and was able to tour the exhibits and speak with the artists without much of a crowd around. I found that the artists were very amenable to discussing their art.

Because you are able to see their works in progress and find such a variety of techniques in one place, a visit to the Celebration of Fine Art would be ideal for art students. It's a true learning experience. With one artist, I learned how she made the beads in her Native American designs stand out so they tricked your eye into believing she had embedded real beads and stitches into her paintings. Another artist showed how she finished her pieces with thick paint to create a strong, textured look. And then there were the sculputors, glass blowers, wood carvers and so many more that were working on-site.

I found the quality of the art there to be exemplary. Within this show of high quality work, there were variations in style and pricing. I have never seen so many types of art and so much creativity in one place!

While the show is ideal for the serious art collector and for those looking for a special piece to become the focal point of a room in their home, everyone will gain something from attending. It may be learning about how art is created, exposing your children to art or just having a pleasant day in a joyful setting.

I highly recommend spending a day at Scottsdale's Celebration of Fine Art.
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