Arizona Fine Art Expo - Scottsdale, AZ:
100 renowned artists make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale home for 10 weeks as they create original pieces of fine art. Thunderbird Artists’ Arizona Fine Art EXPO is held mid-January through Mid-March. Open daily in the “festive white tents” at 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, 10am - 6pm.
Daily 10am - 6pm.
Season passes cost $8; admission for seniors and military is $7; and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.
Finding the Fine Art Expo:
Keep in mind that there are two great art events which are held under large white tents and are just off Scottsdale Road. The Arizona Fine Art EXPO is quite a distance north of the 101 and is not far from Carefree
. The Celebration of Fine Art
is located south of the Loop 101. The Arizona Fine Art Expo. is located north of the Loop 101 at 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, at Jomax. Map
Enjoying the Arizona Fine Arts Expo:
It was an unusually cold and wet day when we visited the Arizona Fine Arts Expo. Although it was chilly under the white tents, the brilliant colors, great lighting and warmth of the artists soon made us forget the morning chill.
We found that the tents were in a U shape surrounding a beautifully landscaped sculpture garden filled with joyful creations. There was a koi pond and places to sit and relax. Since the Expo offered a small restaurant with both hot and cold dishes, it was nice to see that there were plenty of places to dine al fresco and enjoy the view of the sculptures.
The event was well organized and the art was well-placed on black gallery-type walls. The quality was excellent and the art ranged from traditional oil landscapes to whimsical glass art. There were massive bronze sculptures and exquiste small pieces of jewelry.
I especially enjoyed the bright splashes of color courtesy of artists like Mary jo Willis and Sharon Weiser.
Here are some tips for when you visit the Arizona Fine Arts EXPO:
- Although the Expo is under large enclosed tents, they are neither heated nor air conditioned. Dress for the weather.
- Allow at least three hours to see the art, chat with the artists and enjoy something at the restaurant. If you are a serious collector, purchase a season pass as you will want to return several times to choose a piece for your home
- Prices were fine art prices but I found a lovely framed oil by Keith Dabb for $200 and noted that many artists offered prints and cards at very reasonable prices.
- Since the event is located in North Scottsdale, why not make it a day and visit the Heard Museum North, not far away, and continue on to beautiful Carefree.
Attending an art show, especially one as large as the Arizona Fine Art EXPO is an excellent way to spend a day. You can stroll through leisurely, stop and talk with the friendly artists and, if you come across that perfect piece, take something home to add beauty to your home. In touring the Arizona Fine Art EXPO, I laughed to myself a couple of times. There were many whimsical and creative pieces. There is truly something for everyone.