Art, wine will line Scottsdale Waterfront during festival

Sculptor Al Glann’s works will be featured during the Thunderbird Artists Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival Feb. 8-10. (Submitted photo)

The work of more than 125 artists will line the banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront during Thunderbird Artists’ 8th Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival next month.

The event will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 8-10, at 7135 E. Camelback Road.

“The Scottsdale Waterfront provides a beautiful backdrop for artists to showcase and sell their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and mixed media pieces,” Denise Colter, president of Thunderbird Artists, stated in a release.

“Patrons enjoy meeting the artists, and they appreciate finding high-quality, original art at a variety of price points.”

Sculptor Al Glann, the festival’s featured artist, is best known for his stylized bronze and steel horse sculptures.

(Submitted photo)

“I love to create horses in action, a gestural 3-dimensional drawing with metal,” Mr. Glann stated.

“I strive to capture the personality and spirit of horses, more than a specific realistic representation of one particular horse. I use negative space to define form and character, and I will exaggerate the shape to give it a sense of what I see it and feel it to be.”

An Ohio native, Mr. Glann didn’t find his calling until his senior year in high school.

“My school didn’t offer art classes, so I started taking night classes. From that point, I was hooked,” he stated.

While Mr. Glann sculpts buffalo, raven, hawks and other wildlife, his signature pieces are his horse sculptures.

“The horses were a fluke,” he stated. “In 2008, an artist friend suggested we check out the Arabian horse show. I had grown up on a farm with horses around me, but I had never owned one. I was reminded of their beauty, and I challenged myself to capture their expression and motion in 3D.”

Throughout the three-day festival, patrons can take in live music and enjoy wine tastings, microbrews and a variety of festival food.

Admission to the Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival is $3 for adults, and free for children 17 years or younger. Parking is free all weekend.

For information, call 480-837-5637 or visit

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