30th Annual Celebration of Fine Art – Scottsdale
Ask any local and they will probably know, through osmosis at least, that arts and culture are Scottsdale’s superpower. There is no better example of this supremacy than the longest running art show in Arizona – Celebration of Fine Art – which begins January 18th and runs for 10 weeks, closing at the end of business Sunday, March 29th.
100 acclaimed and juried artisans from all over set up shop inside 40,000 square feet of big white tents, blocked to surround a large outdoor sculpture garden. The Celebration is no ordinary gallery or art studio interface. You will meet the artists themselves, watch them create and have discourse with them if you wish. Every conceivable genre, medium and element will be represented, undoubtedly with some interesting twists.
“Three decades ago, my parents had a small space and a big vision: To change the way artists and art lovers connect. That vision has guided us over the years, and we continually strive to make a place where people from all walks of life can meet and interact with artists and see their work come to life in front of their eyes,” says Susan Morrow Potje, co-owner and show director. “Thanks to their incredible vision, we’ve been able to grow the Celebration of Fine Art into something bigger than we could have ever dreamed. To uphold their legacy is an honor and I look forward to what the next 30 years have in store.”
For a ‘Fine Art’ affair, the Celebration is an inspiring, decidedly low-key and FRIENDLY space without the commission driven sales people or fashion-police types. Airy and open, the lighting is great throughout, bright without being over-lit. The work spaces are well configured so artists and visitors do not feel cramped and carpets give the tents elegance, softening the echoes. Places to sit and take it all in abound, so plan on spending enough time to enjoy one of the live Artist Discovery Series in which stories, adventures and artistic processes are shared. Since perusing/purchasing art can take so much thought and energy, the CFA kindly offers guests a lovely café with plenty of delicious foods and beverages to keep up their mettle.
Look for them on the southwest corner of Hayden and Greenway Roads, just south of the Loop 101 freeway, 18400 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255-5985. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, children under 12 are free. Plenty of information and reviews online. Open 10-6 daily with free parking. Go be amazed.