Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival to feature master stone artist

Artist Carlos Moseley, whose art is created from different shapes and colors of rocks, will be featured at the 16th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival March 6 - 8 on the Avenue of the Fountains.
Artist Carlos Moseley, whose art is created from different shapes and colors of rocks, will be featured at the 16th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival March 6 - 8 on the Avenue of the Fountains.
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Master stone artist Carlos Moseley’s paintings, which resembles art made of small stones, will be displayed at the 16th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival.

Mr. Moseley joins more than 125 juried fine artists from around the country and abroad to participate in the last Thunderbird Artists festival of the season,  Friday through Sunday, March 6-8 at 16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills, according to a press release.

“All my life, I’ve played with stones,” says Mr. Moseley in a prepared statement.

“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.”

Mr. 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, the release said.

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.

“I feel really lucky to have found my niche,” said Mr. Moseley who has no formal art training.

“It was like this unique art was just born in me.”

From depictions of ranchers to skiers, bikers, underwater scenes and even elephants, he strives to have subjects that interest everyone. Before discovering his “talent and passion for rock art,” he worked in several industries, including real estate, restaurants and raising ostriches.

Wine tastings and music will also be featured at the annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival that integrates fine art and fine crafts with a vast selection of imported and domestic wines, food and live musical entertainment headlined by violinist Teresa Joy; Native American flutist Vibhas Kendzia and guitarist Chuck Hall, according to the release.

Patrons will receive a souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets for $10. Tasting tickets provide the chance to sample various domestic and imported wines, as well as flavored spirits and local microbrews, the release added.

General admission is $3 for adults. Children 17 and under are free. Free parking all weekend.

For more information, call 480-837-5637; or visit: thunderbirdartists.com.

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