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Carefree art and wine festival Jan 2015 ARIZONA

I was wondering if anyone has done or heard about this show?   Someone commented it snobby ?

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Comment by Tamara Kelly on September 18, 2014 at 8:21am

Thank you both for your information on the show that helps alot..

Comment by S Brian Berkun on September 17, 2014 at 11:03am

I've done the show a few times and then took a break this year. Yes, it is a lot of SW looking stuff but one of the better quality (art) shows. Carefree is a "concept development" adjacent to Cave Creek, north of Scottsdale, etc. A LOT of snowbirds. In recent times there is another promoter that is following on the heels of the established shows and stuffing artists into the corner of a nearby shopping area. UGH!It might help give you some perspective if you read my previous blog about the show:

Comment by sandhi schimmel gold on September 17, 2014 at 9:15am

Thunderbird events are "family" events - meaning Judi and her family are totally involved with all her shows. Many of the artists are part of that family, too - you'll probably see many of the same artists at all her shows.

Carefree is a "suburb" of Phoenix, but most of the homes in the area are second, third and so on...vacation homes. Most of them have a southwest, western, adobe, cowboy or Tuscan feel...and there are a few contemporary homes in there, too. If artwork fits that theme for the buyers, it might work.

I'm not sure if Snobby refers to the artists or the patrons... many of the artists have known each other for YEARS and are very loyal to Judi... which is great, but you might feel like an outsider for a bit. Most of the patrons are wealthy.

It's a bit of a bitch to set up, but a lovely setting where tourists visit and snowbirds live for part of the year.

Comment by Amelia Kay Wall on September 16, 2014 at 12:46pm

Thanks, Tamara. :)  You could also check out their fall Fine Art & Wine Festival in Carefree on Oct 31-Nov 2.  Same venue, different time of year.

Comment by Tamara Kelly on September 16, 2014 at 11:43am

Thanks for the link your work is beautiful!!

I guess I need to go there and see for myself :) Looks nice 

Comment by Amelia Kay Wall on September 15, 2014 at 8:32pm

Hi Tamara,

I haven't done the January Thunderbird event in Carefree, but I was in their November 2013 Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival.  I also was in their Surprise festival in 2013 (the first one).  I'm very new in the art fair world, have only been in three juried art fairs (didn't do super well myself), and have taken the year off from applying to art fairs this year.  So I'm probably not really the best person to help you decide if an event is worth doing. 

I haven't really been able to glean a whole lot of information from others on Art Fair Insiders about the Thunderbird events.  What I can tell you is that I walked several of their events and was very impressed by the quality of the work I saw.  It seemed that there is a lot of Southwest art in the Thunderbird events, although my work doesn't fit into that category and I was juried into their events. 

Here's the link to what I wrote up about my experience at the Carefree event last November, for what it's worth.

Amelia :)

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