Thunderbird Artists Unites With Scottsdale Waterfront Developer and Veterans’ Charity

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A family-run business, award-winning fine art producer, Thunderbird Artists’ success prompted a call from Fred Unger, developer of the Scottsdale Waterfront - Spring Creek Development, thus the birth of the first annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival in February. After an overwhelming debut on the Waterfront in February 2012, Fred Unger encouraged Thunderbird Artists return for an October event. Thunderbird Artists is uniting with the veterans’ charity American Healing Arts Foundation (AHAF). AHAF is about healing through the arts and art therapy. Post-traumatic stress disorder remains high for both wounded and uninjured soldiers-plus the suicide and divorce rate continues to soar. AHAF classes are intended to reunite veterans with their fellow vets, away from hospitals and the battlefield, in a peaceful environment. For this festival $2.00, from every admission ticket, will be donated to (AHAF). AHAF is also the wine hosting charity for this event and receives an additional 25% of gross wine ticket revenue.

Bob Wilfong

Thunderbird Artists will line the banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront with the finest gathering of renowned artists, fine wines and gifted musicians. They proudly feature sculptor, Bob Wilfong, and his contemporary, abstract bronze sculptures for our Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, October 26, 27 & 28, 2012.

Wilfong, had an impelling force stirring within when he sculpted penguins for his wife’s collection. Prior to that time, he had never shown any artistic talent or inclination. In Wilfong’s first hometown art show, his elementary music teacher informed him that he had a "well hidden talent". He never sketches sculptural ideas, but completely visualizes before sculpting. Wilfong feels that his creativity comes from within and that good art stimulates emotional responses in the viewer. He loves writing poetry and has something beautifully written about each statuette.

Patrons adored strolling throughout spectacular paintings, bronzes, glass, stone, copper, wood, clay sculptures, photography and jewelry, all while sipping fine wines, meeting the artists and listening to live musical entertainers. Patrons raved about the quality of the festival and thought highly of the ambiance Thunderbird Artists created at this beautiful venue. The Scottsdale Waterfront is a superb backdrop for this upscale event, providing colors and reflections that dance across the waters mirroring tents, art and attendees.

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival

October 26, 27 & 28 - Friday & Saturday: 10am to 6pm. Sunday: 10am to 5pm
7135 E Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Scottsdale Waterfront, Downtown Scottsdale.

Featuring bronze sculptor, Bob Wilfong, along with another 100 award-winning artists, fine wines represented by various wineries & live musical entertainers.

Admission $5.00. Free Parking. Trolley Service. Call 480-837-5637. For more information about AHAF, please visit

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