8th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

January 10th, 11th & 12th, 2020

Established 2011

Mark Coronado Park

Admission $3.00 - Hours 10am - 5pm

Wine Tasting Ticket with Souvenir Glass $10.00


Thunderbird Artists is heading west again! West of Phoenix that is; to the City of Surprise!  In 2005, Thunderbird Artists produced an extraordinary festival, set within 180 acres, on the Mark Coronado Park.  Back by popular demand, the City of Surprise and Thunderbird Artists are once again partnering for another spectacular Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival. Surprise warrants a weekend stay for the whole family. Surprise Stadium is home for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals ‘Spring Training’ and the Surprise Recreation Campus has a fishing lake, along with a 25 court Tennis & Racquet Complex.


Festival Details - 2020

In addition to the works of the featured artist, Susan Hemm Zivic, juried fine artists from throughout the valley and beyond will join Thunderbird Artists to bring the city of Surprise a world-class, fine art event.  Patrons love the intimate feel of this festival, where they can get up close and personal with the artwork and can discuss each piece firsthand with the creator. The festival boasts subject matters ranging from southwest and traditional to contemporary and abstract, figurative, floral, wildlife, European, African, Native American and much more, ensuring all attendees find a piece that speaks to them.

 The festival will also encompass live musical entertainment and tasty food. The West side of the event is lined with a variety of food trucks, ensuring everyone finds something delicious. After lunch, complete your meal by satisfying your sweet tooth and snacking on kettle corn, cookies, caramels, ice cream and more while strolling throughout this fine art event.

Live musical entertainment is another piece of a Thunderbird Artists Festival puzzle and we are so thrilled to be featuring Teresa Joy, as our headlining musician. Teresa Joy is known for combining violin and dance together; she makes her instrument sing with a voice that touches hearts.

Also performing at the festival, from 10am to 5pm all three days, is Vibhas Kendzia. Vibhas has had the opportunity to play a traditional native flute around the Southwest for the last ten years, and has received much praise from the local Native American population, who are fascinated by his intimate feeling for this ancient instrument and the longing he expresses through it.


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Featured Artist 2020, Susan Hemm Zivic

Susan Hemm Zivic has been creating works of art for over forty years. What started as a love of art and the challenge to succeed in 1975 has prospered into a successful art career. Born in Westfield, New York, in 1959, the daughter of a highway worker, Susan learned the value of hard work and dedication. Her art education was limited, so she is largely a self–taught artist. She has spent countless hours in the field studying her subject matter, which are largely birds, wildlife and Indian artifacts of the Southwest. Her presentation media has varied from acrylic on sandstone and masonite, to oil and acrylic on canvas, to hand–painted wood carvings.