7th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

January 11th, 12th & 13th, 2019

Established 2011

Surprise Recreation Campus

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 Surprise Recreation Campus.  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

Thunderbird Artists knows how important it is for local businesses to be involved in the community and is dedicated to working with charities at each event. 25% of all wine proceeds from the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival benefit the Kiwanis Club of Scottsdale McCormick. For $10, patrons receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets, giving them an opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines, as well as flavored rums.

The festival will also encompass live musical entertainment and tasty food. Crab Fiesta offers delicious crab cakes, Larry's Smokehouse serves fresh salmon dishes, not to mention the tasty wares courtesy of K & C Concessions and Poutine, US ‘EH. Visitors can also snack on kettle corn, fudge, caramels and more while strolling throughout this unparalleled art arena.

 

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Featured Artist 2019, Ben Kinne

Ben Kinne began his journey with fine art when he started working with his father, Greg Kinne, over a decade ago.  Greg had already been established as a skilled artist for over 12 years, working mostly in the medium of concrete, where Ben’s education would begin.  Ben learned to cast, acid etch, sculpt, and finish this versatile and beautiful material.  As he became more comfortable working with this medium, Ben began creating collaborative pieces with his father as well as unique pieces of his own.  While Greg draws strong inspiration from primitive artwork, Ben is inspired to create in contemporary form and design.  Working in this realm led to the next evolution of his life in artwork, the addition of bronze appliqué.  Bronze quickly became Ben’s main focus starting with flat appliqué on acid etched concrete panels, moving to fabricated forms, embellishing sculpted concrete, pushing him even further to his more advanced works utilizing cast and fabricated bronze in his sculptures and wall pieces.  These current works display not only Ben’s ability to design, sculpt and fabricate, but also showcase his understanding of hot chemical patinas and finishes.  Every step on these pieces is executed by Ben in his studio, in Quincy California.  All of these steps take time, but Ben likes to have as much personal influence on every piece he creates, keeping the finished pieces true to his original vision.  He draws his inspiration from southwest culture and design, primitive influences, and geologic formation, while presenting his work in bold contemporary forms.  The union of these two very different mediums, concrete and bronze, has enabled him to maintain unique appeal and intrigue throughout his entire body of work.  This marriage, of two classic mediums, has created a diverse and attractive collection, while also providing a foundation for many works to come. Ben loves talking with patrons about his pieces and is eager to meet you at the event!