CELEBRATION of FINE ART
The 32nd Annual Event Opens This Saturday
Text by Kathryn Brooks

Above: Celebration of Fine Art returns on Saturday for its annual 10-week event.

Arizona’s longest-running art show, the Celebration of Fine Art, will return to Scottsdale this Saturday, January 15 for its 32nd year with 100 acclaimed and emerging artists from throughout the country. Renowned as the West’s premier art show and working studio, this 10-week-long, world-class event will be open daily through Sunday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Recognizable by its signature “big white tents,” the Celebration of Fine Art offers 40,000-square-feet of open-air space, and showcases works of art ranging from realist to impressionistic, Western realism, and abstract to contemporary across all mediums from stone to metal, wood to glass, and canvas. The show is also home to the ever-popular Art Discovery Series, a live and interactive event in which guests get to hear about the adventures, stories and processes that shape art. Artists discuss topics such as metal-working, jewelry making, abstract art, sculpture, and much more.

Above: Over 100 artists will be represented. Top left: Bridging Waters by Becky Pashia, Oil on Canvas, 36 inches x 36 inches. Top right: Evidence by Carolyn Thomas, Photo on Aluminum, 12 inches x 12 inches. Bottom left: 24K Gold and Pure Silver Glass Pendant by Anthony Barbano, available on a 16,18, or 20 inch sterling silver chain. Bottom right: Always and Forever by Erin Matlock, Acrylic on Canvas, 36 inches x 48 inches. 

“There’s no place where the art comes to life like the Celebration of Fine Art,” said Susan Morrow Potje, co-owner and show director. “Over the course of our 31-year history, the Celebration of Fine Art has remained a place for artists and art lovers to connect in a meaningful way. And this year, it’s all about discovery and experience. Discovering and experiencing new artists, mediums and artwork. This year, we’ll welcome many returning artists along with some new faces. It’s truly going to be a spectacular show.”

The event is a juried, invitational show that has come to be recognized for its diverse array of exceptional art, but more importantly for its inviting and interactive atmosphere that encourages connection between art lovers and artists. It’s because of this atmosphere and the ability to interact with artists and learn about their process that the Celebration of Fine Art has become a true destination for art lovers from all backgrounds. In fact, over the course of its 32-year legacy, the show has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors from around the world, many of whom have made the show an annual tradition.

Above: Attendees will have the opportunity to hear artists discuss creating works of art with a variety of mediums.

Throughout the 10 weeks, guests can also catch artist demonstrations of their process, attend an Art Discovery Series, which is held each Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk the outdoor sculpture garden, which features nearly 100 pieces of life-sized and monumental sculpture, and enjoy lunch or wine in the cafe. In the outdoor sculpture garden also guests can also see woodturning, welding, kiln firings, and glass blowing demonstrations weekly.

The show is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are all-event passes, good for the entire 10-week show during which attendees will have the opportunity to see art transform and meet the artists. For those who can’t make it to the show, the Celebration of Fine Art also features a number of artists on its online marketplace: celebrateart.com/marketplace

For more information, visit https://celebrateart.com