Scottsdale Ranked #17 in the “TOP 25 Arts Destinations

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AmericanStyle Magazine released their 2012 reader’s poll choices for the “Top 25 Arts Destinations”. Scottsdale, AZ was ranked in 17th place for mid-size cities and is best known as The West's Most Western Town. More than 300 days of sunshine each year, attracting more than 7 million visitors’ yearly, marvelous resorts, quaint restaurants and outdoor cafes with a population of more than 200,000 is why Scottsdale is best recognized as a stylish city destination. When it comes to the arts - it is no wonder AmericanStyle Magazine readers would rank the City of Scottsdale as a top mid-size city location for one of the greatest places to buy art.

Award-winning art and wine event producer, Thunderbird Artists, will compose Arizona’s leading fine art events in Scottsdale beginning October 26, 2012, and running through March 24, 2013.

Since 1981, Thunderbird Artists has played a very important role in uniting gifted, renowned and emerging artists with patrons from across the world. The quality of their jury process has never wavered, even during these difficult economic times, and compromising has never been a consideration. Like the athletes at the Olympics in London, Thunderbird Artists introduces the champions of the artworld and exposes the finest art arenas in Arizona.

Thunderbird Artists Stage Four Fine Art events in the City of Scottsdale.
Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival – October 26, 27 & 28, 2012.
Thunderbird Artists will line the banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront with the greatest juried selection of renowned artists, fine wines and talented musicians. Patrons adore strolling throughout spectacular paintings, bronzes, glass, stone, copper, clay sculptures, photography and jewelry, all while listening to live musical entertainment and sipping fine wines. The Scottsdale Waterfront is a superb backdrop for this event providing romantic reflections mirroring tents, art and attendees across the waters. Show hours run 10am to 6pm Friday and Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.

Thunderbird Emporium of Scottsdale – November 16, 17 & 18, 2012.
Thunderbird Emporium of Scottsdale displays a magnificent fine art collection of paintings, photography, bronzes, clay, stone, metal, wood sculptures, jewelry and more. To celebrate the holiday season, Thunderbird Artists has expanded the American craft mediums to include; fine clothing, unique textiles, sophisticated accessories, sculptural candles, home décor, gifts items, exquisite quilts, wood sculpted Christmas sculptures, Christmas ornaments and more. With decorated artisan’s booths lining the banks of the waterfront the reflections of vivid colors will dance across the waters. The aroma of chestnuts roasting on an open fire adds to the ambiance of the holiday season and spirit of shopping. This European festive marketplace embrace the fun of sipping micro brews, fine wines, tasting chocolates, old fashioned fudge and listening to Christmas Carolers. There will also be fresh flowers, marzipan and European Christmas sweets and treats. Thunderbird Artists’ partnership with the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce is sure to become another one of Scottsdale’s Signature Events. Show hours are 10am to 8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.

Arizona Fine Art EXPO – January 10 through March 24, 2013
This event is home to artists working in studios that are open to the public for 10 weeks straight. Fine art is exhibited and for sale in a gallery setting under 44,000 square feet of festive white tents. This is a unique experience as patrons can visit with the artists, watch them working, enjoy the café, stroll the 2-acre Sonoran desert sculpture garden, attend Garden Parties, take art classes and more. Held at Scottsdale Road and Jomax, this show is just five miles south of Carefree in North Scottsdale or ten minutes north of Loop 101 on Scottsdale Road. This event runs daily, 10am to 6pm, where artists will be found painting in all mediums, sculpting clay, carving stone, drilling or etching stone and wood, etching hand made paper and gourds, designing and sculpting jewelry, plus much more.

The Arizona Fine Art EXPO is home to the American Healing Arts Foundation (AHAF), an Arizona 501c3, non-profit veteran organization. AHAF provides free art classes and art therapy classes (all supplies included) for our great American Veterans.

Waterfront Fine Art, Wine & Chocolate Festival – February 15, 16 & 17, 2013.
What better place to bring a fine art, wine and chocolate celebration then the lovely banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront. The day after Valentine’s Day romance still fills the air and hearts of the attendees that will love the ambiance of sipping fine wines, strolling throughout the finest art arena while listening to great musicians. Attendees that love and admire gourmet chocolates and fudges will get fulfillment from the chocolatiers at this event.

Thunderbird Artists continues to jury and stage the greatest art experience for patrons, by showcasing spectacular juried paintings, bronzes, glass, stone, copper, clay sculptures, photography, jewelry and much more! The popular Scottsdale Waterfront has attracted tourists from throughout the world, surrounded by luxury apartments, specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and outdoor cafés. Scottsdale offers a free trolley service for locals and tourists that runs daily.

Thunderbird Artists festival admission is $5.00 and, because they strongly support American veterans, will be donating $1.00 from every admission ticket to the non-profit charity, 501c3, American Healing Arts Foundation. They donate an additional $1.00 of each admission to other non-profit charities such as; Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, 25% of gross wine tickets are donated to the wine hosting charities; Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, American Healing Arts Foundation, Surprise Sundancers and Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills.

To learn more about Thunderbird Artists call 480-837-5637 or visit

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