This award-winning festival will highlight the artistic works of more than 165 juried fine artists, live musical entertainment, appetizing food, tempting chocolates and unparalleled wine tasting.
Featured artist, Richard 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 which separates his work from that of any other artist. 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, yearning for skills of mastership, 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. 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. Other mediums include spectacular small, medium and life-sized bronzes, luminous glass sculptures, small, medium and monumental sized metal creations and fabulous batiks. There is 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 & white or color photography, elegant stone, copper, clay, mixed media sculptures and more!
Mark your calendars and be sure to attend this unforgettable event! It takes place in downtown Carefree, where Ho Hum & Easy Street meet. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Admission is $5.00 (with $1 from each ticket donated to the veteran charity, American Healing Arts Foundation) and free to Carefree residents. Parking is free all weekend.