15th Annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival

Festival Details

Hours: 10am-5pm
Admission: $3
Parking: Free
Where: Downtown Carefree (AZ), Easy & Ho Hum Streets
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PICTURED from left: Esteban and his two daughters Stephanie and Teresa will be performing with him on stage.

Featured Artist Kim Obrzut
Travel the world over and you would be hard-pressed to find a more spectacular gathering of artists than at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. These nationally acclaimed, juried fine art festivals attract artists and art collectors from throughout the United States and abroad, all sharing in their love and appreciation for fine art.

Carefree is nestled in the high Sonoran Desert five minutes from the Scottsdale border. Massive piles of granite boulders, sharp mountains and an abundance of desert growth surround the area and provide scenes that attract visitors from around the world. The town of Carefree also boasts the claim of the largest sundial in the western hemisphere. This wonderfully unique town provides the perfect backdrop for this celebration of fine art, great wine, live entertainment, savory food and much more!

Brad Diddams
The streets of downtown Carefree are closed, making room for more than 160 artists and in excess of 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art. Artists’ works include small, medium and monumental life-sized bronze sculptures, metal, clay, wood, stone, glass and mixed media sculptures. There is an array of pottery, photography, hand crafted jewelry, batiks and select fine crafts. There is also spectacular oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, watercolors, pastel, charcoal, etchings and mixed media paintings. Subject matter ranges from Southwest and traditional to contemporary and abstract, including floral, wildlife, European, African and Native American art. The festival offers a wide variety of mediums, styles, sizes, subject matters and price range, to ensure there is something that will appeal to everyone who attends.

The festival will feature award-wining bronze sculptor, Kim Seyesnem Obrzut. Kim Obrzut has been casting bronze for 18 years, focusing primarily on American Indian art and Hopi maidens. Her dexterity in the medium is reflected in her unique and elegant style, which has earned her praise in museums, private collections, magazines and books all over the world. She combines modern design techniques and traditional values with an artistic philosophy, creating masterfully executed bronze figures.

George Coll

The beautiful backdrop of Carefree, its many splendors and the fantastic art on hand isn’t all the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival has to offer the thousands of people who attend each year. The festival holds the title of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting event, featuring first-class wines from all over the world. Ensuring the festival addresses each of the senses, delicious food and mouthwatering chocolates can be found throughout the festival, in addition to Carefree’s restaurants and outdoor cafes. After taking in all the sights and sounds of the festival, make sure and leave yourself time to discover Carefree’s assortment of unique shops, boutiques and galleries.

Live entertainment is a mainstay at all Thunderbird Artists’ events and this festival is no different. This year’s event features "Lord of the Strings", Arvel Bird.

Whether you are an art collector, an admirer of the arts or just looking for a wonderful experience, the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival is guaranteed to leave you eagerly looking forward to the next one!

James Coulter and Cathra Ann Barker

Misha Malpica and Marlan Masteller