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Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Jan. 16-18

Staff Report~ 1/7/2015

CAREFREE – Carefree’s signature art event, the annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, returns Jan. 16-18.

The 22nd annual festival will feature the works of more than 150 juried fine artists, live music, food and wine tastings, and more entertainment. Artwork on display and for sale includes oil paintings on canvas, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, charcoals, and mixed media. Other mediums include small, medium, and life-sized bronzes, luminous glass sculptures, small, medium, and monumental-sized metal creations, and batiks. There will also be 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 and white or color photography, elegant stone, copper, clay, mixed media sculptures, and more.

The featured artist this year will be Philonese Baisden. Baisden’s passion for the arts began when she was a child, after she created a small clay bowl in her first grade class. Ever since, she has been hooked on art. She is self-taught and enjoys working with natural materials from all over the world.

The festival is known as one of Arizona’s largest wine tasting events. For a $10 fee, patrons receive an engraved souvenir wine glass with six tasting tickets, allowing them to enjoy wine tasting, fine art, and live musical entertainment all in one place. The event also has a variety of food options, including wood-fired pizzas, fry bread, salads, sandwiches, kettle corn, fudge, roasted nuts, and more.

The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival takes place Jan. 16-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Admission is $3; parking is free. The festival will be held in downtown Carefree, on Ho Hum and Easy Streets. For more information, see www.ThunderbirdArtists.com.