Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival attendees to meet artist Kramer

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Thunderbird Artists kicks-off the arts season with its 26th Annual Fall Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival taking place Nov. 1-3 along Ho Hum and Easy Streets in downtown Carefree.

The Carefree show features 165 juried artists who will showcase and sell their original work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, according to a press release.

Guests attending the festival will have a chance to meet artist Boris Kramer, who will exhibit a variety of evocative, contemporary metal sculptures.

“Boris captures a wide spectrum of emotions between lovers, family members, friends, co-workers and others with his sleek metal sculptures,” Thunderbird Artists President Denise Colter said in a prepared statement.

“He works with different types of metal and there is a wonderful contrast between the strength of his medium and the tenderness of his subject matters.”

Mr. Kramer was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and learned about metal and art from his father, Richard Kramer, an artist and blacksmith.

While he shares his father’s fascination with human relationships, he has developed his own distinct style.

“Through art, I explore humanity…in particular, the ways in which we are drawn together,” Boris Kramer said in a prepared statement.

“I heat and form metal until it emulates expressions of human relationships. When heated, metal is very forgiving, which is why I choose it as a medium.”

Each sculpture is hand-formed, using both modern and ancient blacksmithing. Sizes range from 10 inches to monumental.

Throughout the three-day festival, patrons can take in live music and enjoy wine tastings, microbrews and a variety of festival food.

The festival’s featured performer, AfterGlow will perform contemporary jazz and funk tunes all three days in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Other participating musicians include Vibhas Kendzia, a master of the Indian flute.

Admission to the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival is $3 for adults, and free for children 17 years or younger. Parking is free all weekend.

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