Arizona Fine Art EXPO kicks off Jan. 16 under ‘white tents’ in North Scottsdale

Renowned artists from across the globe will make the Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale home for 10 weeks as they create original pieces of fine art in what has come to be known as one of Arizona’s best venues for collecting fine art.

Paula Yates will be among the artists participating in this year's EXPO.

Paula Yates will be among the artists participating in this year’s EXPO.

The Arizona Fine Art EXPO begins Friday, Jan. 16 and runs through Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the “festive white tents” at 26540 N. Scottsdale Road on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads.

Season passes cost $10; admission for seniors and military is $8; and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.

The event features 115 patron-friendly working studios within a 44,000 square-foot space, where guests have a rare chance to meet the artists, see them in action, and learn about their inspiration and techniques.

Throughout the 10 weeks, artisans will sketch passionately in pencil, charcoal and pastels; sculpt and fire clay; drill, chisel and carve stone; paint in all media; delicately etch on scratchboard, stain and etch gourds; design lost wax casting; solder and weld jewelry; assemble mosaics and more.

Art is for sale and commissions are welcomed.

Patrons can stroll throughout one of the Valley’s largest sculpture gardens, which includes a Koi pond and waterfall pond surrounded by natural desert.

Janelle Lindley will be one of the artists featured in this year's EXPO.

Janelle Lindley will be one of the artists featured in this year’s EXPO.

Other highlights include a café, wine tastings, garden parties, book signings throughout the show, live music every weekend and more. In addition, the nonprofit American Healing Arts Foundation will provide free art classes for veterans during the show.

For nearly 34 years, Thunderbird Artists has played a very important role in uniting gifted artists with patrons across the world by producing award-winning fine art and fine wine festivals.

For more details about participating artists or events during the show, call 480-837-7163 or visit www.ArizonaFineArtEXPO.com.

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