Arizona’s longest-running art show, the Celebration of Fine Art, will return to Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, for its 31st year with 100 acclaimed and emerging artists from throughout the country.
Renowned as the West’s premier art show and working studio, this 10-week, world-class event will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, March 28, according to a press release.
Recognizable by its signature “big white tents,” the Celebration of Fine Art offers 40,000 square feet of open-air space for appropriate distancing, and it showcases works of art ranging from realist to impressionistic, Western realism, and abstract to contemporary across all mediums from stone to metal, wood to glass, and canvas.
The show is also home to the Art Discovery Series, a live and interactive event in which guests get to hear about the adventures, stories and processes that shape art. Artists discuss topics such as metal-working, jewelry making, abstract art, sculpture, and much more.
The Celebration of Fine Art is a juried, invitational show that has come to be recognized for its diverse array of exceptional art, but more importantly for its inviting and interactive atmosphere that encourages connection between art lovers and artists, the press release stated.
During the course of its 31-year legacy, the show has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors from around the world, many of whom have made the show an annual tradition.
“Over the course of our 30-year history, the Celebration of Fine Art has remained a place for artists and art lovers to connect in a meaningful way,” said Susan Morrow Potje, co-owner and show director. “Though this year we’ll have measures in place for distancing to protect the health and safety of our artists and guests, the Celebration of Fine Art will continue to be a place where people from all walks of life can engage with artists and see their work come to life in front of their eyes. We’re looking forward to what 2021 has in store and can’t wait to showcase the talents of the amazing artists we have at the show this year.”
Throughout the 10 weeks, guests can catch artist demonstrations of their process, attend an Art Discovery Series, which is held each Friday from 4 to 5 p.m., walk the outdoor sculpture garden, which features nearly 100 pieces of life-size and monumental sculpture, and enjoy lunch or wine in the cafe.
In the outdoor sculpture garden guests also can see woodturning, welding, kiln firings, and bronze pouring demonstrations weekly.
The show is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are all-event passes, good for the entire 10-week show during which attendees will have the opportunity to see art transform and meet the artists.
For those who can’t make it to the show, the Celebration of Fine Art will soon announce the launch of an online e-commerce platform to browse the latest works from Celebration artists.
In addition to appropriate distancing measures, the Celebration of Fine Art also offers an outdoor sculpture and art garden, ventilation throughout the tent and will be sanitizing regularly to uphold health and safety protocols.