Thunderbird Artists, Leading Producer of Award-Winning Fine Art & Wine Festivals, has a Big Surprise in Store for You

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We are heading out west - west of Phoenix Valley, in Arizona, to the City of Surprise! In 2005, Thunderbird Artists produced an extraordinary festival, set within 180 acre, on the Surprise Recreation Campus. Back by popular demand, the City of Surprise and Thunderbird Artists are once again partnering for another spectacular Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, February 1, 2 & 3, 2013. This time around we anticipate keeping Surprise as an annual event.

Juried artists travel from around the country and the state of Arizona. There will be an excess of 3,000+ pieces of fine art displayed in mediums such as oil on canvas, watercolors, acrylics and mixed media paintings. Furthermore, an extensive selection of unique jewelry, photography and pottery, as well as bronze, copper, clay, glass, metal and wood sculptures will be exhibited. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet and converse with the artists during all three days of this event.

This celebration highlights an extensive collection of fine wines – both domestic and imported. Learning how to sample wines is an uncomplicated experience that will enhance the appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Starting with the basic senses (look, smell & taste) the expansive wine list allows patrons the opportunity to learn how to taste wines like the pros! Patrons can smell thousands of unique scents, but their taste perception is limited to salty, sweet, sour and bitter. It is the combination of smell with tasting that allows patrons to distinguish between the different flavors. Sampling a good collection of wines all at the same time permits patrons the opportunity to make better choices. For $10, patrons receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and six wine tasting tickets.

Strolling throughout the supreme gathering of artists, sampling good wines and listening to musical entertainment is what Thunderbird Artists is best recognized for - along with their fine reputation.
“The invitation to return to the City of Surprise was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. After producing numerous festivals in cities such as Carefree, Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, we’re excited to bring another unique experience of a Thunderbird Artists’ festival to the West Valley - and the rapidly growing community of Surprise,” said Denise Dale, Vice President of Thunderbird Artists. For more information, check out the Thunderbird Artists website –

Admission into the festival is $5.00 per person. In addition Thunderbird Artists is donating $1.00 from every admission ticket (from all festivals) to the American Healing Arts Foundation (AHAF), a 501c3 non-profit organization for veterans. AHAF is about healing through the arts, and art therapy, offering veterans free art classes. Post-traumatic stress disorder remains high for both wounded and uninjured soldiers plus the suicide and divorce rate continues to soar. Art is proven to be a great form of therapy for victims. AHAF classes are intended to reunite veterans with their fellow vets, away from hospitals and the battlefield, in a peaceful environment.

WHAT:     Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
WHERE:    Surprise Recreation Campus, Bullard Avenue & Paradise Lane, Surprise, AZ
WHEN:        February 1, 2 & 3, 2013,
HOURS:     10am-5pm, daily
CONTACT:    Thunderbird Artists at 480-837-5637

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