Artists from throughout the Valley, state and country have taken over the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads through Sunday, March 29, as part of the Arizona Fine Art EXPO.
Many of the artists, including two from the West Valley, discovered their passion for art later in life and are pursuing art as a second career, after years in corporate America.
Sun City West resident Paula Yates is known for her bronze sculptures capturing women and children in moments of joy.
“I have been fortunate to share my life with my mother, sisters, daughters, aunts and many friends,” said Ms. Yates. “The memories I’ve made along the way are the inspiration for my focus on women and children.”
Ms. Yates had a career in the banking industry until a community art class changed her path. She pursued art in her spare time throughout her life and decided to take a sculpting class at a local art school more than 15 years ago.
She had a natural talent for sculpting and quickly fell in love with the medium. After only one year of sculpting on the side, she quit her corporate job to become a full-time artist. Her pieces now grace the homes of fine art collectors throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Ms. Yates was one of the original artists to participate in the Arizona Fine Art EXPO 11 years ago and still participates today.
Phil Feaster, a stone carver from Peoria, calls himself a “reformed engineer.” He moved to Arizona from Washington, D.C. nearly 20 years ago after selling a small engineering firm he owned. His art career began when he installed a travertine floor in his home and began experimenting with the leftover pieces of stone.
“If there was one piece of advice I would give others, it’s don’t be afraid to try art,” Mr. Feaster said.
Mr. Feaster uses wood chisels and hand tools to carve images into pieces of slate. He is best known for his shadow relief technique that omits the small details, allowing shadows created by the stone to tell the story.
The Arizona Fine Art EXPO runs daily through Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located in the white tents at 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads next to MacDonald’s Ranch.
Season passes cost $10; admission for seniors and military is $8; and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.
For more information, call 480-837-5637 or visit www.ArizonaFineArtEXPO.com.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.