Weekend Plans: Exploring Arizona’s Longest-Running Art Show

Scottsdale plays host to 100 of the country’s top artists — and 50,000 of their biggest fans

Photos courtesy of Celebration of Fine Art

Almost 30 years ago, the Celebration of Fine Art transformed the way people experience art when it debuted in downtown Scottsdale. Now a linchpin in Arizona’s art, culture and tourism scene, the Celebration of Fine Art hosts 100 of the country’s top artists and sees nearly 50,000 visitors from around the globe on average each year.

The Celebration of Fine Art takes place in north Scottsdale under the signature big white tents and features 40,000-square-feet of working artist studios and works of art.

“Over the course of the past 26 years, the legacy of the Celebration of Fine Art has been passed down through generations of artists and art lovers,” said Susan Morrow Potje, co-owner and show director. “It has a storied history, and has become a very special place for artists and art lovers to connect, inspire one another, learn, discover, and most importantly build lasting relationships. This year, we’re looking forward to continuing the positive impact the Celebration of Fine Art has on the artist community, visitors, the city of Scottsdale, and the local economy.”

Styles at the show range from realistic to impressionistic, Western realism, abstract to contemporary. The outdoor sculpture garden will return with nearly 100 pieces of life-sized and monumental sculpture as well as shared work space where visitors can see wood turning, welding, kiln firings, and bronze pouring demonstrations weekly.

If you go:

The show is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are all-event passes, good for the entire show, which runs through March 26. celebrateart.com