Juried show features small, medium, life-sized and monumental sculptures from artists around the globe – A portion of proceeds will benefit International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN)
In an unprecedented event for the award-winning producer of juried fine art and wine festivals in Arizona, Thunderbird Artists will host its inaugural “Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 15, 16 & 17, 2016. The juried show will feature more than 70 acclaimed sculptors from around the globe, giving awestruck patrons a chance to view and purchase stunning, diverse pieces comprised of bronze, stone, copper, clay, wood, metal, glass, gourd, steel, found objects and mixed media. Keeping a local angle, several of the sculptors featured in the show are artists who work out of Fountain Hills, including Ron Head.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at 16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains, and a portion of proceeds will benefit International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN).
Meet Renowned Sculptors
After 34 years of producing fine art festivals, Thunderbird Artists has been instrumental in showcasing the talents of sculptors worldwide. Denise Dale, Thunderbird Artists’ vice president, says that the January Fountain Hills show will provide a rare chance to meet many of the renowned sculptors in one beautiful setting.
Getting the chance to see exquisite sculpture up-close-and-personal is truly a breathtaking experience. Hearing artists tell their stories and describe their artistic passion and creation process serves to further augment the experience of enjoying these magnificent sculptures.
“Our roster of sculptors will exhibit a breathtaking array of small, medium, life-sized and even monumental sculptures,” Dale explains. “Whether you are seeking to enhance your home décor or you want to begin a sculpture garden, you’ll find a diverse selection of original, high-quality pieces to choose from.” A crane will even be brought to the event during set-up to assist with some of the larger sculpture installations!
Together, the artists will showcase hundreds of pieces, ranging from the whimsical outdoor mixed media sculpture of Cotipaxi, Colorado artist Hill Brin, to the abstract and figurative works of Zuva Gallery artists, sculpted from the indigenous stones of Zimbabwe. Art enthusiasts alike will marvel at the elegant floral sculptures and luminescent bowls and vessels carved from alabaster by Camp Verde artist Susan Zalkind, and they’ll be equally mesmerized by pieces on exhibit by Idaho artist Ken Newman, a bronze and wood sculptor who observes, interprets and then sculpts both wildlife and the figure. Patriotic patrons will be captivated by the military bronze sculptures of Mesa artist David Paul Venell while other art enthusiasts may be drawn to the bright, colorful glass pieces by Phoenix artist Johanna Dozer.
“While the sculptures are diverse, the artists share the same passion for creativity,” Dale says.
One such artist Douglas Brannan, of Globe, uses recycled materials to create playful robot and other futuristic sculptures. Another artist, Gary Moser, of Scottsdale, worked in construction for 30 years before sculpting. “Steel just kind of grabbed me by the collar, and has taken me on an amazing journey,” Moser explains.
And, the journey for all of the “Sculpture & Wine Festival” artists continues with Thunderbird Artists’ support. “We’ve been honored to watch many of our participating sculptors’ careers soar over the years, and we’re also very excited to welcome new sculptors to the Thunderbird family,” says Judi Combs, Thunderbird Artists’ CEO.
Raising Funds for Stage IV Cancer Patients
Keeping with its long-standing charitable tradition of supporting the community, Thunderbird Artists has chosen to support the International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN) as the event’s charity, donating 25 percent of festival admission ticket sales and 25 percent of all wine sales to ICAN, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Arizona nonprofit charity.
“Thunderbird Artists has always been ambassadors for the arts and community, and ICAN’s mission is one we support,” Combs, a cancer survivor, says. “Through their extensive advocacy network, they serve Stage IV cancer patients across the U.S. and in 53 countries, empowering them to navigate rapidly-expanding diagnostic and personalized treatment options. Not only will ICAN volunteers host the wine tastings at our January show, they’ve also lined up volunteers to assist us, and we’re very grateful for that.”
For those 21 and over, wine tasting tickets will be available for $10, which provides a souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets. Tastings require one, two or three tickets depending on the wine characteristics and quality. Additional wine tickets are $1. Admission to the inaugural “Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills” is $3 for adults, and free for children 18 years or younger. Parking is free all weekend. For more information, call (480) 837-5637 or visit www.ThunderbirdArtists.com.
Come enjoy the natural beauty of Fountain Hills while enjoying a wide variety of artistic sculptural creations and unique wines at the “Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills.”