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Thunderbird Artists' Feature Lariat Sculptress Rhonda Brewer

Sculptress Rhonda BrewewThunderbird Artists, the leading producer of outdoor fine art & wine festivals in the Southwest, will make its first stop of the festival season in Carefree, Arizona, on November 4-6, 2005. Among the artists displaying their work at the 12th annual event will be mixed media artist, Rhonda Brewer, who has been named featured artist for this three-day festival.

The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival will feature over 165 juried artists from throughout the United States and abroad displaying more than 5,000 pieces of original artwork. In addition to paintings and monumental bronzes, other styles on exhibit include batiks, scratchboard, glass, stone, clay, wood, mixed media sculptures and much more.

The festival also marks the return of Arizona's largest wine-tasting event. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and tasting tickets, providing a unique opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines. In addition, a wide selection of food will be available from local restaurants, including Sun Dial Café, Carefree Station, English Rose Tea Room, Pia's European Cafe', Black Mountain Coffee Shop and Trattoria Romana.

"The stunning surroundings of Carefree provide an ideal setting for this world-class celebration of fine art, wonderful wine and delicious food," said Denise Colter, vice president of Thunderbird Artists. "Patrons are sure to enjoy the live musical entertainment featuring Brule'."

The festival will take place in downtown Carefree, near the corner of Easy and Ho Hum streets. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Admission is free on Friday and $2 on Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free all weekend. Additional information is available at

About Rhonda Brewer

For more than two decades, Tucson artist, Rhonda Brewer, has been designing unique creations that focus on the preservation of history in the Southwest. A specialist in lariat vessels, Rhonda's fine art combines select elements of nature with the distinctive characteristics of an Old West lifestyle.

Rhonda's one-of-a-kind rope baskets incorporate authentic lariats collected from working cowboys at area ranches and rodeos. Once shaped by hand, the rope is gradually fused together by an innovative burning process that produces a unique texture and color scheme. A bronze finish occasionally accentuates the outside of the vessel.

Born and raised in a small town in southeastern Indiana's Ohio Valley, Rhonda Brewer developed a love for art and horses while growing up on her parents' thoroughbred horse farm. As the daughter of a commercial artist for the government (mother) and a painter (father), it didn't take long for Rhonda to start creating artwork of her own.

A self-taught artist, Rhonda's work is on display in several museum collections across the Southwestern United States, including the Tohono Chul Park Museum in Tucson, AZ, Mataranga in Ridgecrest, CA and the Museum of Art in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rhonda credits much of her success to the support and inspirations she receives from her husband and the "greatest works of art in life" - their nine children.

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