Copper in the Arts

January 2009

19th Annual Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale

Copper Wallhanging

Sherri & Ralph Meldrum from Cave Creek,

Arizona will be displaying their copper

wallhangings at the 2009 Celebration of

Fine Art, commemorating their 7th year

in the show

Photograph courtesy of Jerry Richardson
Held in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Celebration of Fine Art is a juried, invitational show featuring a full spectrum of fine art and craft in various media and styles from more than 100 leading US artists. The show and sale showcases oil paintings, watercolor, pastels, sculpture, assemblages, glass, ceramics, furniture, stone, jewelry and more. Works range from realistic to impressionistic, western realism to contemporary, portraits to still life. Only work created directly under the supervision of the artist is accepted and manufactured goods of any kind are not allowed.

Art & Antiques magazine has called the show "One of the West's Premier Art Events. With over 50,000 visitors, the event is designed so that first time buyers to serious collectors are comfortable in the inviting atmosphere.

"Our visitors can meet the artists and watch them work in the full spectrum of art media in all styles and a wide variety of subjects," said Susan Morrow Potje, Show Director and Co-Owner. "Being able to visit with the artists, who are all are willing to share their passion, is really what makes this show so special. Collectors come back year after year and bring their friends with whom they want to share this magical experience-it's like visiting 100 artists' studios in one day."

In addition to the 40,000 square feet of interior exhibit space filled with works by known and emerging artists, over 100 works of outdoor sculpture can be found in the one-acre sculpture garden.

For the last two years, sales have reached $5,000,000 each year. The Celebration of Fine Art generated $41,000,000 in economic impact for the city due to off-site spending by out-of-town visitors. Sales have consistently increased each year.

The show is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, through March 29, 2009.

Resources:

The Celebration of Fine Art, 8602 E. Cortez St., Scottsdale, AZ, (480) 443-7695

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