Arizona Fine Art EXPO Underway in North Scottsdale

By Sue Kern-Fleisher

Visit 115 studios filled with artists working and demonstrating their techniques, creating original works of art for 10 weeks in big white tents

Highlights include glassblowing, chef demonstrations, enhanced sculpture garden, & music

Assemblage by Charles Huckeba

Renowned artists from across the globe will make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale home for 10 weeks as they create original pieces of fine art in what has come to be known as one of Arizona’s best venues for collecting fine art. The Arizona Fine Art EXPO runs through Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily under the “festive white tents” at 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads, next to MacDonald’s Ranch. Season passes cost $10; season passes for seniors and military are $8; and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.

The event features 115 patron-friendly studios within a 44,000 square-foot space, where guests have a rare chance to meet the artists, see them in action, and learn about their passion, inspiration and techniques. Throughout the 10 weeks, artisans will sketch passionately in pencil, charcoal and pastels; sculpt and fire clay; chisel and shape stone; and saw and carve wood sculptures. Artists also will paint in all media; stain and etch gourds; design lost wax casting; solder and weld jewelry; assemble mosaics, blow glass, plus fuse and kiln form glass sculptures. Art is for sale and commissions are welcomed.

New this year: Two contemporary glass artists, Gregory Tomb and Anthony Barbano, will conduct glassblowing demonstrations throughout the 10-week show. Tomb also will offer glassblowing and glass fusing classes. More information about the classes will be posted soon. In addition, Scott Shangraw, an acclaimed wood carver from New Mexico, will conduct chainsaw sculpture demonstrations on Feb. 3, 17, and 24.

Also new this year, the EXPO is proudly introducing Chef Giancarlo Stefanutto and owner Glenn Wagner of Sogno Toscano vineyard of Italy. Chef Giancarlo will demonstrate and share samples of delicious edibles on Saturday, January 20 and February 10.

Patrons can also stroll throughout an enhanced two-acre sculpture garden, which will feature nearly 20 stone, metal, glass and mixed media sculptures.

For more details about participating artists or events during the show, call (480) 837-7163 or visit


Anthony Barbano Working


Pumpkins by Gregory Tomb


Gregory Tomb Working in Studio


Assemblage by Charles Huckeba

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