The Thunderbird Artists’ Inaugural Sculpture& Wine Festival is a prestigious juried show that will take place January 15-17 on Avenue of the Fountains. The event features small, medium, life-sized and monumental sculptures from artists around the globe and a portion of proceeds will benefit International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN). It was important for the organizers of Thunderbird Artists to include local sculptors from Fountain Hills among the esteemed artists that will be showcased during the event.
Artist Don Kenworthy has been a Fountain Hills resident for 15 years. “I like the terrain here, the mountains and the small town kind of feel here…And the fountain!” says Kenworthy of what initially attracted him to Fountain Hills. “It’s a neat little town. It’s more of a community.”After having done custom metal work for builders, architects and developers for many years, he shifted gears and focused on art. In 2013, the Town of Fountain Hills purchased Kenworthy’s metal sculpture entitled “Big Blue.” The majestic blue heron sculpture is perched in the water near the famous Fountain Hills fountain, keenly keeping watch on the lake and surrounding park.
In early 2015, Kenworthy’s newest piece, “The Spirit of the Saguaro” was purchased by the Town of Fountain Hills and placed in Legacy Plaza in Fountain Park. The metal artist singles out the saguaro as his favorite piece that he has created, to date.
Kenworthy is excited about taking part in this year’s inaugural Sculpture & Wine Festival and it is also his first event with Thunderbird Artists. “I am happy to share the kind of art that I do and the direction that I am going,” he states. For additional information on the artist, visit www.donkenworthy.com.
Ron Head is also a Fountain Hills artist who will be featured at the Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills. He’s been painting, sculpting and creating since he was in high school and the Fountain Hills resident now continues to paint and sculpt in bronze and terra cotta.
“I’ve known Judi Combs (founder and CEO of Thunderbird Artists) for several years,” says Head. He’s done several of the Thunderbird Artists art expos and weekend art shows in the past. After recently finishing the installation of sculpture “Brush with the West” in Fountain Hills, Combs expressed her interest in Head’s work and noted how it really symbolized the upcoming sculpture event. “The shows are a way to get closer to the collectors,” Head explains. He enjoys connecting with the general public and art aficionados.
Of particular note, Head’s sculptures reflect poignant and emotional works of military and Native American subjects. The centerpiece of the Fountain Hills Veteran’s Memorial features one of Head’s stately sculptures, once again proving that the Town of Fountain Hills enthusiastically embraces its artists and its status as a vibrant artist community. Head also completed murals at the Phoenix Rescue Mission in Downtown Phoenix. For additional information on Ron Head, visit www.ronhead.net.
The juried Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills 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. 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).
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 Thunderbird Artists’ 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.