“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” —Pericles A profound and honest sentiment, but it could be argued that sculpture artists, particularly large-scale sculpture artists whose work graces public spaces, actually leave both behind. For Bryce Pettit, Ryan Schmidt and Todd […]
Each year, the Celebration of Fine Art welcomes 100 fine art artists to the “big white tents”. While many are returning artists –– and three have been at every show for the past 31 years –– we also introduce a number of new artists to the Celebration family. From sculptural felt to classical realism to […]
“And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can’t go.” – Vincent Van Gogh The human form is the conduit through which we experience life and the instrument through which we express our emotions. In a general sense, art captures […]
The Beatles said, “Love is all you need.” But maybe there is something else. Maybe there’s a precursor to this sentiment. And maybe that thing is art. Not to discredit the Beatles. We certainly need love. But art can spark passion, evoke deep elation, conjure up sensations of love and pure bliss, and even unlock […]
Paul Cezanne once said, “To paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.” Ask any landscape painter today and they would agree. Capturing the light and atmosphere is key to revealing the “sensations” of the landscape. In this Art Discovery session, artists Martin Blundell, Kirk Randle, Becky Pashia and Matt […]
What all goes into putting on the Celebration of Fine Art? We sat down with the Phoenix Business Journal to discuss just that. We also shared a bit of the show’s history in addition to key figures that highlight the show’s success and overall impact. Read the article here.
The business side of art is one we rarely get to talk about –– so we were delighted to chat with Scottsdale Independent on what it’s been like to grow and sustain a 30-year-old art business! The article covers how the show has successfully grown and flourished from its humble beginnings in 1989, the challenges […]
Last week we introduced you to our wonderful office team! This week we’re excited to highlight the cafe team, including Kathleen “Kathy” Thorpe, Amy Connolly and Samantha McLain. These gals never miss a beat, serving up everything from hot cocoa to your favorite cabernet –– all from the center of our big white tent! If […]
Over the years, Celebration of Fine Art artists have gotten dining out in Scottsdale down to a science.
Joe Deru’s introduction to art started at a young age, thanks to his mother who was an art teacher. After spending more than three decades as an educator himself, Joe parlayed his passion for wood artistry into a spot as the Celebration of Fine Art’s resident woodworker.