It is a funny thing how times change. Back in 1991 when the Celebration of Fine Art first began, we had the largest tent installation west of the Mississippi. In fact, it was such an impressive thing at the time that the tent maker, RODER tents out of Germany, paid to have an aerial photo shot of the tent. Up until this time, no one had really thought about holding an event in a tent in Scottsdale. Our advertising and marketing has always included the line “look for the Big White Tents”. Well, we still have the same amount of tent space at 40,000 sq ft, but these days north Scottsdale has become a sea of tents and we really are the “little white tents” now. I guess you could say we were a trend setter back in the day!
Our little, “big white tents” are located on the SW corner of Hayden Rd, just south of the Loop 101. Inside you will find one of the most magnificent collections of art work and artists and you will enjoy watching them at work and hearing what inspires them. In fact, you will forget all about the tent once you set foot inside the door and see all of the great art work and feel the energy and creativity inside the tent. Just to the south of us, you will find a field of white tents dotting the TPC Golf Course, which is home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as the “Greatest Show on Grass”. To the east of us is Westworld, which is where the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction happens. In addition the the normal huge tent that resides on Westworld property, there are many more tents silhouetted in front of the beautiful McDowell Mountains showcasing some of the most incredible cars in the world. And, to the east by our old location on Scottsdale Road, you will find the “Largest, Most Spectacular Tent in the World”, which is home to Cavalia and the new show Odysseo. Actually, there are nine tents altogether on this site, but the centerpiece is truly spectacular. And, so is the show that goes on inside. In between Celebration of Fine Art and Odysseo, you will find another huge white tent and 2 smaller, equally impressive tents that will be home to the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction in mid-January. Russo and Steele is known for having some of the best American Muscle and European Sport cars in the auction world.
We are proud to be part of such an amazing community with so many incredible events. We encourage you to enjoy any of these events that interest you. We guarantee that you will have a great time at any one of them. On January 12, 2013 we will open for our 23rd year of bringing art lovers and artist together under our “Big White Tents”! We hope that you will join us and be a part of our Celebration! We promise it will be an experience that you will remember!