The event that has come to be known as the West’s premiere art show and working studio is celebrating its 25th anniversary. This year’s theme, “Celebrating 25 Years of Art in the Making,” will commemorate the history of the Celebration of Fine Art, which is steeped in tradition and passion.
It takes place under the signature “big white tents,” featuring 40,000-square-feet of working studios and works of art by 100 top artists from across the country. The juried, invitational show has come to be recognized not only for its exceptional art, but also its welcoming experience and interactive atmosphere.
“We’re excited to celebrate 25 years of art in the making,” says Susan Morrow Potje, co-owner and show director. “The show has become a very special venue for artists and art lovers alike. It’s a place where creativity and conceptualization are fueled by curiosity and connectivity. It’s where art comes to life before your eyes.”
“The Celebration of Fine Art is aptly named, it truly is a celebration,” says Marty Le Messurier, an artist also celebrating his 20th anniversary with the show. “It is a working studio … where visitors are excited about seeing art being created every day. Many will come back countless times to watch the progress of a piece being created and feel they helped create it.”
Styles at the show range from realistic to impressionistic, Western realism, abstract to contemporary. The outdoor sculpture garden will return with nearly 100 pieces of life-sized and monumental sculpture as well as a shared work space where visitors can see wood turning, welding, kiln firings, and bronze pouring demonstrations weekly.
Celebration of Fine Art, Hayden Road and the Loop 101, Scottsdale, 480.443.7695, celebrateart.com, January 17 through March 29, $10 adults, $8 seniors and military