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Foothills Community Foundation to host Arizona Sage Art Market

11/18/2015

SCOTTSDALE – A new holiday shopping event will take place in north Scottsdale offering patrons a chance to purchase original pieces of art for $300 or less, with 20 percent of sales benefitting a local nonprofit.

The Foothills Community Foundation’s inaugural Arizona Sage Art Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the FCF Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St. Bldg. B, in Scottsdale. The event features more than 35 juried, nationally-recognized artists who will display and sell vibrant wooden bowls, whimsical ceramics, paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, dazzling jewelry, beautiful gourd art, photography, fiber art, batik, mixed media, and more.

 “Rather than fight the crowds at the mall, come find a unique gift and enjoy our festive holiday ambiance,” said Chris Winger, FCF president and CEO. “In addition to a diverse selection of art, the event will feature live Native American flute music, and our onsite restaurant, My Sweet Blessings Bakery and Bistro, will be open serving delicious pastries, sandwiches, salads, and coffee.”

The Arizona Sage Art Market is the brainchild of painter Nicolette Maguire Bonnstetter, fiber artist Diane Crawford, quilter and photographer Betsy Anderson, and painter Mary White.

“The Foothills Community Foundation has been very supportive of local artists through its permanent Holland Gallery of Fine Art exhibits and art shows throughout the year. We hope our new Sage Art Market not only provides a chance to find original gifts within a moderate budget, but that the community will come together to support FCF, which does so much good for our community,” said Nicolette Maguire Bonnstetter.

Bonnstetter said the fact that art exhibits at the Holland Gallery are booking into 2018 is proof that there is a need for the display gallery. “We have an amazing team of artists on our working board who have each helped develop the gallery space, including Marty Gibbons, Mary LaRue Wells, Mary Bruns, and Christine Sandifur,” she said. “Our openings are the second Saturday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the tourist season, and everyone is welcome!”

A 20 percent commission from all sales will directly benefit Foothills Community Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), which manages the 100 percent community funded Holland Community Center.  FCF’s educational and cultural programs include Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Theater, MindQuest Speaker Series, Visual Arts Lecture Series, Partners in Education, and the Holiday Project.  

Admission to the Arizona Sage Art Market is free. For more information, visit www.azfcf.org or call (480) 488-1090.