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Distinguished Watercolorist Steve Stento Named Featured Artist for Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Jan 20-22, 2006

Steve Stento

Steve Stento painted his first watercolor in 1995 and has been enthralled with the medium ever since. "Watercolor is magical. It has a translucence and vibrance that I find endlessly appealing". He skillfully puts that vibrance to work, creating paintings that are powerfully realistic and also bright and colorful. This colorful realism, combined with dynamic compositions and a strong sense of light and shadow, leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. "I strive to capture scenes of timeless beauty and communicate their emotion in a colorful and realistic manner. Light and color are the most important elements in my work. They are the foundation that allows me to capture the essence of a scene."

Stento's primary goal is to capture scenes of timeless beauty. His current body of work reflects the sights he encountered during a month-long trip to Italy. He finds the warm, vivacious scenes of life near the Mediterranean to be the perfect inspiration. "It was truly an amazing experience. Italy is a place where art, history and beauty are so pervasive in daily life that one's creative soul cannot help but be stirred."

A native of Virginia, Stento studied drawing and design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond before moving to Arizona in 1990. Since being exposed to the wonders of watercolor in 1995, he has studied with the likes of nationally known artists Tom Hill, Diane Maxey and Carol Orr. His paintings have appeared in national juried shows and have won several "Best of Show" awards. His work has recently been featured in the International Artist magazine, The Artist's Magazine, as well as Splash 7 and Splash 8; compilation books of today's best watercolors. He is also a signature "Coatimundi" member of the prestigious Arizona Watercolor Association.

About the 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. 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.

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