Call for artists for Thunderbird Artists’ premier art festivals

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Thunderbird Artists celebrates 35 years of producing sophisticated, award-winning, world-class fine art and wine festivals throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, with a Call for Artists for its upcoming season.

The ongoing juried open enrollment enables painters, sculptors, glass and stone artists, fine jewelers and artists working in mixed media to apply for a booth in one or more of Thunderbird Artists award-winning festivals.

“We’re seeking artists who share our philosophy of quality over quantity,” said Denise Dale, vice president of Thunderbird Artists, in a press release. “Content, quality and originality are most important to us when we jury a show. And, because this is our 35th year, we’re including some new elements to our festivals, such as new entertainers, wine-infused ice cream, and an expanded selection of wine, microbrews and more.”

The 23rd Annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival kicks off Thunderbird Artists’ new season Nov. 4-6, in downtown Carefree at Easy and Ho Hum Streets.

A limited amount of booths are still available and artists are encouraged to submit an application with a CD or a flash drive of recent artwork, as well as an outdoor booth photo to show the overall presentation.

Seven fine art festivals are planned throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, including the Second Annual Sculpture and Wine Festival in Fountain Hills, set for Jan. 13-15 on the picturesque Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills.

Sculptors working in bronze, stone, wood, copper, metal, clay, fiber, glass, gourds, fine pottery and mixed media are encouraged to apply. All sizes will be considered and a forklift will be available for life-sized to monumental pieces.

“Our first all-sculpture show was very well received by both patrons and artists last year,” said Judi Combs, Thunderbird Artists’ CEO, in the release. “We’re hoping to expand our roster of sculptors who would like to showcase their work to serious collectors. The timing coincides with the internationally-renowned Barrett-Jackson luxury car auction and other high-profile events happening nearby, so we expect to see a mix of local and visiting patrons.”

Other shows planned in 2017 include:

  • 24th Annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival Jan. 20-22;
  • Sixth Annual Waterfront Fine Art and Wine Festival Feb. 10-12 in downtown Scottsdale;
  • Fifth Annual Surprise Fine Art and Wine Festival Feb. 11-19;
  • 22nd  Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival March 17-19;
  • and 13th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire March 24-26

To download an application or apply online, visit or call 480-837-5637.

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