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Scottsdale, AZ
Hayden Road & Loop 101, January 16-March 27

Santiago Michalek, Santa Fe, oil, 9 x 8 feet.

Santiago Michalek, Santa Fe, oil, 9 x 8 feet.

This story was featured in the January 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art January 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

The annual Celebration of Fine Art show in Scottsdale is sometimes called “the big white tent” art show. But Susan Morrow Potje, the show’s director and co-owner, says it’s what happens inside the tents that makes the event special. Potje explains that once inside, art lovers feel transported to a different place and time, and their pace slows down as they make connections with the artists. “Whether it’s your first time in an art space or you are a seasoned art lover and collector, you will feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself,” she says. “It is a pure delight to discover how the artwork is created and what drives the artists to create. The artists are eager to share this, along with the techniques used to express the world as they see it.”

This year’s event debuts on Saturday, January 16, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, March 27. The juried, 10-week-long show presents works by 100 artists who create in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. When it comes to painting styles available, they range from realistic to impressionistic to abstract—something for every taste. Among this year’s participating painters are David Jackson, Marty Le Messurier, Santiago Michalek, and James Ayers. Ayers, who specializes in Native American art, is enthusiastic about the show, noting that the event has played a key role in exposing his work to collectors who hail from all corners of the globe. “For the art collectors, being able to watch art come to life makes them feel more connected to us and our work,” he says. “It’s a connection [that] only shows like this can create.”

Last year’s popular Art Discovery series returns for a second year and takes place each Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. Artists are on hand to talk about their work and discuss various topics ranging from metalworking to art history. In addition, there are ongoing demonstrations, offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the creativity and skill involved in processes such as wood-turning, welding, kiln firings, and bronze pours. —Bonnie Gangelhoff

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Featured in the January 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art January 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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