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Carefree Sculpture in the Garden Show & Sale set for Jan. 15-17


CAREFREE – The Inaugural Carefree Sculpture in the Garden Show & Sale will be taking place in the beautiful Carefree Desert Gardens on Jan. 15, 16, and 17. The sculpture garden will include a vast selection of sculptures, from miniature and medium to life-size and monumental sculptures.

Vermillion Promotions will be presenting this first-of-its-kind show and sale. In addition to hosting many Arizona arts festivals, Vermillion also produces the Loveland Fine Art Invitational in Loveland, Colo., one of the Country’s largest outdoor sculpture venues. The popular sculpture show and sale attracts thousands of art enthusiasts, public works commissions, and collectors from around the world. Upon returning from Loveland in 2015, Vermillion decided to bring a sculpture event to Arizona.  

Organizer Candy Vermillion noted that, “The selection of the Carefree Desert Gardens was easy; in Loveland we have to create the sculpture garden, whereas in Carefree we have the stunning botanical gardens creating a dramatic outdoor gallery setting for sculptures.” She also noted that another striking feature that makes the Carefree Desert Gardens such a perfect venue for the Sculpture Show is the fact that it is home to the largest sundial in the United States. It was built in 1959 and stretches 62 feet and points to the North Star. The sundial is the third largest in the Western Hemisphere.

The Carefree Sculpture in the Garden Show & Sale will feature multiple artists. Sculptor Merrill Orr, who will soon be opening a new gallery in Carefree, will be featured at the show. Throughout his artistic career, Orr has created stone and steel sculptures, sculptural industrial furniture, ceramics, lighting, sculpture gardens, and set designs. Orr has traveled extensively throughout his career and has had representation in Fine Art Galleries across the nation, including New York, Illinois, Minnesota, California, Florida, Nevada, and Arizona. He is also represented in museums in Tokyo and Europe. Orr is honored to have hundreds of his sculptures in many fine homes around the world. Garden Show & Sale visitors will have the opportunity to meet Orr and peruse his works of art.

Nationally noted and award-winning bronze sculptress Felicia will also be a Carefree Sculpture in the Garden Show & Sale featured artist. Felicia’s figurative Southwest manner demonstrates the uniqueness of her elegant, recognizable style. Felicia’s life-sized works have been installed in multiple locations around the country.

Another featured artist is Kim Obrzut, who works in sculpture and bronze casting. Obrzut has been casting bronze for over 21 years; she started sculpting her Hopi maidens over twenty years ago.

 Kim started her art career as a child finding rocks in the washes in Arizona and painting figures, which her family still keeps today. She started sculpting her Hopi maidens over twenty years ago and still has yet to scratch the surface of her cultural history. She originally worked in the traditional scrape-and-smooth method, which Hopi potters have used for thousands of years.

The Carefree Sculpture in the Garden Show & Sale will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 15, 16, and 17. The show will take place at 100 Easy Street, in Carefree. Admission and parking is free.

For more information, call (623) 734-6526 or see