26th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

November 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2019

Established 1994

The Town of Carefree Signature Event

Admission $3.00 - Hours 10am - 5pm

101 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ

Wine Tasting Ticket with Souvenir Glass $10.00

The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, in November, was selected as one of the Top Events in North America: As seen in Flightnetwork's Article -  North America's Best Festivals, Part 2

The festival accommodates the return of Arizona's largest wine-tasting event, providing a unique opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets; allowing them to come together and enjoy the unparalleled ambience of fine art, wine and live musical entertainment. The festival will take place in downtown Carefree, at the corner of HoHum and Easy streets. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Admission is $3.00. Parking is free all weekend.  This festival provides an enjoyable experience for all that attend!

The streets of downtown Carefree are closed for Thunderbird Artists festivals, making room for more than 165 artists and an excess of 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art. Artists’ works include small, medium, life-size and monumental bronze sculptures, metal, clay, wood, stone, glass and mixed media sculptures. There is an array of pottery, photography, hand crafted jewelry, batiks and select fine crafts. There are also spectacular oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, watercolors, pastel, charcoal, etchings and mixed media paintings. Subject matter ranges from Southwest and traditional to contemporary and abstract, including floral, wildlife, European, African and Native American art to name a few. The festival offers a wide variety of mediums, styles, sizes, subject matters and price ranges, to ensure there is something that appeals to everyone.

The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festivals are enhanced by the beautiful Sonoran Desert backdrop of Carefree. Thunderbird Artists holds the title of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting events, featuring first-class wines from around the world. These festivals touch each of the senses, with fine wines, mouthwatering chocolates, the visual feast of art and the subtle sound of ambient music.  After taking in all the sights and sounds of the festival, make sure and leave yourself time to discover Carefree’s assortment of unique shops, boutiques, galleries restaurants and outdoor cafes.

Featured Artist 2019: Jane Boggs, Gourd Sculptor


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The featured artist for the event is accomplished sculptor, Jane Boggs.

Art has always been a part of Jane's life, but when she discovered gourds, there was an instant connection!  She began combining her fascination with the Native American Indian and African cultures with this wonderful newly emerging organic art medium:  The Gourd.   Although most of her work is done in a southwest style, occasionally a contemporary or abstract piece will emerge. To be able to offer art in a unique way with such a different medium was the perfect challenge that would become one of the main focuses of her life.

Each new gourd that is created has a story and a life of its own.  Jane truly feels that, if you are receptive, the gourd will tell you what it wants to be.  The awakening begins when she prepares the gourd by scrubbing the outside surfaces to reveal its true colors and contours. She feels the piece at this stage and begins sketching the design in her mind that will transform it into what she refers to as her "guardian spirit" art piece.

As she etches the designs into the gourd using a pyro-graphic technique, her hands expertly control the depth and style of each engraved stroke.  She then applies the tan and maroon-colored leather dyes that complement the surface; then she adds stains, inks and acrylics that will bring forth her vision into reality. She finishes her work, depending upon the piece, with exotic feathers, leathers, precious stones, copper, natural reeds and grasses, which give each piece their truly original look.