Thunderbird Artists send out call for artists at festivals

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Guest taste wine samples at the Guests enjoy the fifth annual Surprise Fine art and Wine Festival in January at the Surprise Recreation Campus, presented by Thunderbird Artists [Independent Newsmedia/Jacob Stanek]

Art season will be here before we know it, and Thunderbird Artists is reaching out with a Call for Artists for its upcoming 36th season.

Based in Arizona, Thunderbird Artists produces sophisticated, award-winning, world-class fine art and wine festivals throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. The ongoing-juried open enrollment enables painters, sculptors, glass and stone artists, fine jewelers and artists working in mixed media to apply for a booth in one or more of Thunderbird Artists award-winning festivals.

“We’re excited to announce that we’ve expanded our venue locations to include two festivals in Gilbert. As one of the East Valley’s fast-growing, affluent communities, we think this will be a great fit for our artists,” said Denise Colter, vice president of Thunderbird Artists. “We’re planning a terrific season featuring eight festivals from November through March, and we’ll be marketing each one heavily.”

Judi Combs, Thunderbird Artists’ founder and CEO, said she has seen many changes in the art market over the past three decades, but one thing that has remained steadfast has been Thunderbird Artists’ focus on high-quality, original art.

“Content, quality and originality are most important to us when we jury a show,” Combs said. “The Valley has seen an influx of art shows over the years, and it’s very important for us to distinguish our shows by the quality of art created by our participating artists.”

The 24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival kicks off Thunderbird Artists’ new season on November 3rd, 4th & 5th in downtown Carefree at Easy and Ho Hum Streets. A limited amount of booths are still available and artists are encouraged to submit an application with a CD or a flash drive of recent artwork, as well as an outdoor booth photo to show the overall presentation.

The 6th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival is scheduled for January 12, 13 and 14, 2018.Other shows planned for Thunderbird Artists’ 2017-2018 season include: the Gilbert Fine Art & Wine Festival on December 1, 2 and 3 in the Gilbert Civic Center; the 25th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival on January 19, 20 and 21; the 7th Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival on February 9, 10 & 11; the Gilbert Fine Art & Wine Festival on Feb. 16, 17 and 18; the 23rd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival on March 16, 17 and 18; and the 14th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire on March 23, 24 and 25.

To download an application or apply online, visit or call (480) 837-5637.

Editor’s note: Sue Kern-Fleischer is a media specialist for Thunderbird Artists

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