Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Friday 1.18.2013 @ 10:00am | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Venue: Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St.

January 18 – 20

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Join Thunderbird Artists for a milestone celebration weekend at the 20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Jan. 18 – 20. Richard Curtner, textual collage extraordinaire, will be the featured artist at this award-winning festival, which will highlight the artistic works of more than 165 juried fine artists, live musical entertainment, appetizing food, tempting chocolates and unparalleled wine tasting.


Curtner is skilled in many styles and mediums, but his true calling is in textual collage (word collage) presentations. He has been developing a personal technique for 10 years. His collages are a compilation of written text, focused on a chosen subject matter, creating realistic visual images that provoke inner thought and open dimensions of contemplation that are otherwise unseen. Each piece tells a different story and lets the viewers’ imagination run rampant on the depicted scene.


As a self-taught artist, Curtner traveled the world to study with various masters. He eventually journeyed to South America and studied with famed artist Guillo Perez, internationally known for his landscape art. His technique really developed out of necessity when in the Dominican Republic.


“I’d been doing oil paintings for a couple of years, but I couldn’t always find the paints I needed there, so I started creating stuff completely with magazine cutouts, adding a literary story to the visual images,” Curtner explained. “Then when I returned to the States, I just kept going.”


The event will also encompass other juried fine artists and craftsman displaying sensational oil paintings on canvas, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, charcoals and mixed media, including spectacular small, medium and life-sized bronzes, luminous glass sculptures, small, medium and monumental-sized metal creations and fabulous batiks. There are also hand-thrown clay, Raku pottery and sculptures, traditional and color scratchboard, hand-woven baskets, inlaid wood turned bowls, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, black and white or color photography, elegant stone, copper, clay, mixed media sculptures and more.


This unparalleled event is enhanced with live musical entertainment, fine wine tasting and a distinguished selection of delicious food … including chocolate! Live musical performers include: Bob Culbertson, Chapman Stick player, Scott Helmer, country & Americana style guitarist, Patrick Ki, classical guitar with a Hawaiian flair, Aaron Mesenberg, progressive flamenco classical guitarist and Jeffrey Michael, jazz pianist.


The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival is one of the largest wine tasting events in the Southwest, serving fine wines that encompass an elaborate collection of domestic and imported wines. For $10.00, patrons will receive our newest engraved collector wine glass with six tasting tickets, allowing them to enjoy their vino while strolling throughout this event, widely referred to as a collector’s paradise.


Mark your calendars and be sure to attend this unforgettable event in downtown Carefree at 101 Easy Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is $3. The event is free to Carefree residents. Parking is free all weekend.