FOUNTAIN HILLS – Master stone artist Carlos Moseley spends his days living out most little boys’ dreams – looking for and playing with rocks.
Friday through Sunday, March 6 through 8, Moseley’s artwork, which looks like paintings made almost entirely of small stones, will be on display at the 16th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival at 16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills.
Moseley is one of more than 125 juried fine artists from around the country and abroad who will participate in the last Thunderbird Artists festival of the season. The event will integrate fine art and fine crafts with a vast selection of imported and domestic wines, tasty food and live musical entertainment.
Featured artist Carlos Moseley
Before discovering his talent and passion for rock art, Moseley worked in several industries, including real estate, restaurants and raising ostriches.
“All my life, I’ve played with stones,” said Moseley. “Then one morning 16 years ago, I had an idea to make a face out of rocks. I didn’t know it would be so natural for me.”
Much like a painter uses paints and a brush to create beautiful images, Moseley uses rocks and epoxy to create his masterpieces. He finds uniquely shaped and colored stones in a river that runs through his Texas property a mere 200 feet from his home. He uses most of the rocks exactly as he finds them, although some may need to be broken or made smaller to create more detailed scenes.
From depictions of ranchers to skiers, bikers, underwater scenes and even elephants, he strives to have subjects that interest everyone.
“I feel really lucky to have found my niche,” says Moseley who has no formal art training. “It was like this unique art was just born in me.”
Wine tastings and music
For $10, patrons will receive a souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets. Tasting tickets provide the opportunity to sample a wide variety of domestic and imported wines, as well as flavored spirits and local microbrews. Live music will feature the show’s headliner, violinist Teresa Joy, and Vibhas Kendzia, who plays beautiful Native American music on his flute, and guitarist Chuck Hall.
General admission is $3 for adults. Children 17 and under are free. Parking is free all weekend. For more information, call (480) 837-5637 or visit www.thunderbirdartists.com.