Private Art Studio Tours & The Fine Art & Wine Affaire
Fountain Hills, Arizona, is fast becoming known for it’s over-the-top collection of public art, sophisticated (but friendly!) galleries along it’s Avenue of the Fountains, and as a haven for resident artists within the community who like the variety of view-oriented homes that range from affordable to Oh-My-Gosh Stunning! It’s an inspiring community for artists–and non-artists–to live in, with a host of community oriented activities that creates a sense of hometown pride and commaraderie. There are holiday celebrations (Last week, there was a Green Fountain to celebrate St. Patricks Day, with assorted mini celebrations around the town to boost holiday mood); there are major sporting events for runners, bicyclists, skateboarders, frisbee (disc) throwers, golfers and more. On Thursdays, thousands come out to enjoy the local Farmer’s Market and Art on the Avenue. And, of course, there are the signature art festivals that occur three times a year.
This week-end, two such celebrations combine for a double-header of art!
Private Artist Studio Tour: The Fountain Hills Art League’s inaugural Studio Tour on March 24-25. The tour includes 13 studios, 34 artists and three galleries, and offers an intimate opportunity to experience the inspiration and craft of each of the artists on the tour.
The tour of studios is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, 2012. Visitors can purchase a “passport” for $20 good for both days that describes each artist’s work and includes the studio locations and a map. Passports will be stamped at each studio for a chance to win a $600 collaborative painting and other prizes.
Tickets may be purchased through March 23 at Gridley’s, Kay Kinder’s Fountain Fashions, Sami’s Jewelry, Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, from Art League members, from the artists on the tour, and during Thursday’s Art on the Avenue. Tickets are available at Fountainview Village, 16455 E. Avenue of the Fountains after 10 a.m. on both days of the tour.Advance ticket holders are invited to a reception with the participating artists from 5 to 7 p.m. March 23 at the Fountain Hills Artist Gallery, 16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains. For details on The Tour, visit fountainhillsartleague.com, or call tour organizer Michelle Williams at 480-837-8920.
Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire: Thunderbird Artists and the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills have once again partnered to bring you another extraordinary juried fine art event that encompasses quality wines and delightful musical entertainment featuring Teresa Joy, daughter of guitar legend Esteban.Unequaled in its ambiance and the quality of fine art, the 8th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire is the ideal setting for this world-class gathering of artists. Featured Artists are Husband and wife team, David and Pietra Wall. David and Pietra have developed a unique technique for creating mixed-media sculptures, beginning with leather and incorporating other natural elements such as stone, copper, shells and wood to create earthy contemporary pieces.
This Fine Art & Wine Affaire takes place along The Avenue of the Fountains, and enjoys the closeness of the fountain waterworks while strolling throughout the elegance of outstanding fine art. The area is abounding with shopping and dining choices. So, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to visit the surrounding specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and outdoor cafes.
For more information about The Fine Art & Wine Affaire, go to Affaire. For more information about the community of Fountain Hills, check in with the folks at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, or check out the company’s website at www.SonoranLifestyle.com. They can be reached at 480-816-5557. There is also a Scottsdale and Fountain Hills Relocation Guide, featuring 150 Ways to Enjoy the local surroundings, complete with live links to 150 websites. go to www.150Ways.com.