Wherefore Art? Scottsdale’s Fine Art Fests

Reian Williams

From Jan. 10 to March 22, a parcel of land in North Scottsdale will transform into a vibrant arts community for 10 weeks during Arizona Fine Art EXPO. Under white tents on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads, the event features 124 patron-friendly artist studios that allow a glimpse at the artists, who hail from around the globe, at work—from sculpting to painting to carving and beyond. Season passes are $10; children under 12 are free. Parking is free.

Jessica Wachter

Celebration of Fine Art, Arizona’s longest-running art show, will celebrate its 30th anniversary Jan. 18 to March 29 in Scottsdale. Event-goers can enjoy the works and interactions of 100 juried artists as they display their masterpieces and work on their craft in Celebration of Fine Art’s 40,000-sq.-ft. signature white tents. In the past three decades, 1.5 million art lovers from around the globe have flocked to the adored event. Tickets are $10 for adults; children 12 and under are free.

Are you an artist yourself? The Creative Center of Scottsdale, a co-working space in the heart of Old Town dedicated solely to artists, is now accepting applications from local artists to set up shop during its second annual pop-up fair next spring. The center is searching for additional artists who want to participate and sell their work. Artists will have a 10-by-10-ft. display space on the center’s outdoor. Various mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry/metalsmithing and others will be considered. Artists interested can submit an application to artists@creativecenterscottsdale.com. If selected, the fee to rent the space is $25. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, when attendees can peruse local art pieces, take a peek inside the Creative Center of Scottsdale and meet the community of artists who worked there. Painters, photographers, glass workers and more will put their work on display during the free public event.

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