Magic Bird Festivals announces annual Carefree Fine Art festival

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Montee Sinquah (submitted photo)

Magic Bird Festivals commences its winter entertainment season with the Fourth Annual Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival on Friday, Nov. 27-Sunday, Nov. 29, in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 100 Easy St. in Carefree.

Renowned for its contemporary, Southwest-inspired art and handcrafted designs, the entire show is woven throughout the tranquil beauty of Carefree’s exotic desert botanical gardens. Escape the post-Thanksgiving shopping milieu for this entirely free, family-friendly event that runs daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Browse one-of-a-kind sculptures, exquisite Native American jewelry, and exceptional mixed-media pieces while taking in the vibrant desert flora and fauna artfully landscaped throughout the four-acre gardens.

Along with collections from more than 100 recognized artisans, the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival also hosts live music and entertainment. Daily performances take center stage at the shaded, open-air Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Attendees will appreciate the state-of-the-art acoustics and generous stage views.

This year’s featured entertainment is world-champion hoop dancer Moontee Sinquah who will perform with his sons, Scott and Samson. The Sinquahs are renowned for their traditional, Native American hoop dancing, colorful costumes, and modern dance interpretations, according to a press release. Moontee’s contemporary Monster Blues Band will also make an encore appearance.

The show also presents an array of prestigious fine arts and crafts exhibitors including Sage Designs by Michael Sage. Based in Vancouver,  Mr. Sage has been creating jewelry for nearly 20 years using the ancient art of natural leaf skeletonizing. The exquisite internal leaf structure is preserved and re-tinted within his artwork.

Nelda Schrupp, a jeweler and sculptor of the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation will also be in attendance displaying her ceremonial dance rattles and necklaces. Each of her designs is beautifully embellished with horse hair, natural stones, and other decorative elements.

A National Museum of the American Indian Artist Fellow, Ms. Schrupp’s work is widely recognized and showcased in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This is Ms. Schrupp’s third year presenting at the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival.

“The organization is fantastic with great crowds,” stated Ms. Schrupp, who enjoys the show’s vibrant atmosphere, in the release.

Brimming with one-of-a-kind art and crowd-pleasing entertainment, the event also hosts a variety of culinary vendors that serve an array of international cuisines and boutique treats.

“Though our town is small, it is alive with southwest spirit. Our art, entertainment, and culturally informative performances embrace the history and nature that surrounds us. There is nothing else quite like it in Arizona,” stated Roberta Toombs-Rechlin, owner of Magic Bird, in the release.

For information, call 480-488-2014 or visit

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