Thunderbird Artists is the leading producer of award-winning fine art and wine festivals in the Southwest. Our mission is to promote fine arts and fine crafts, while supporting the artists, local merchants and surrounding communities. Each festival is juried and includes unparalleled wine tasting and live musical entertainment, creating an ambiance like no other and ensuring a first-class experience for all who attend.

Visit us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival - Open Rain or Shine!



The 24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

January 20-22, 2017

Featured Artist:  Terry Meyer, Contemporary Equine Painter

Thunderbird Artists, award-winning producer of juried fine art and wine festivals in Arizona, are showcasing sculptors from across the globe during the 2nd Annual Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills, January 13th, 14th & 15th, 2017.  After all the encouragement, from patrons and artists alike, regarding last year’s event, Thunderbird Artists will return to the picturesque Avenue of the Fountains, neighboring the world-renowned, fourth tallest fountain in the world, in downtown Fountain Hills.

Sculptures have been depicting characters of human life for thousands of years.  Art is a form of universal language and early Christians decorated churches with sculptures of demons and devils for their churchgoers, many who could neither read nor write.  After the commencement of civilization, Ancient Kings had their likeness carved, in an attempt to leave their legacy for future generations.  Greeks also created perfectly shaped men and women to symbolize human’s similarity to the gods they cherished. Even in today’s technological world, sculptures are used to speak, educate and connect those of different cultural backgrounds.

During the three-day event, patrons will be awestruck by the beauty of strolling through the stunning juried sculptures, comprised of bronze, stone, copper, clay, wood, metal, glass, gourd, steel, found objects and mixed media.  Attendees savor the delightful and relaxing ambiance of sipping fine wines while listening to musicians and admiring the stunning array of small, medium and life-sized, to even monumental sculptures. 

Thunderbird Artists knows how important it is for local businesses to be involved in the community and is dedicated to giving a percentage of admission ticket and wine sales to non-profits every year. The hosted charity for this event is ICAN (International Cancer Advocacy Network). ICAN’s mission is to extend life with the highest achievable quality of life, through their Personalized Medicine and Cancer Case Navigation Programs and their Remission Coach® Clinical Trials Advocacy Programs, which serve Stage IV cancer patients across the U.S. and in 53 countries.  ICAN will host the wine tasting and operate the admission gates.  The wine tasting is $10, which provides an engraved, souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets allowing patrons a unique opportunity to sample wines, while surrounded by a cornucopia of sculptures and the sounds of live music.

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend this unforgettable event! It takes place in the heart of Fountain Hills at 16810 East Avenue of the Fountains. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Admission is $3.00 and parking is free all weekend.Thunderbird Artists, award-winning producer of fine art and wine events in the Southwest, is excited to announce contemporary equine painter, Terry Meyer, as featured artist for the 24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, January 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2017.

Terry Meyer is recognized throughout the country with his signature style of contemporary paintings. In the past, Terry has worked with clay, metal and wood, but his true passion is working in watercolor and oils. When Terry’s vision is bold and edgy he chooses watercolors, while oil is reserved for expressionistic reflections of the energy and motion of his subjects. Most of Terry’s pieces are made up of organic, earth tones and evoke a feeling of spiritual awareness from viewers.

In addition to the alluring artwork of Terry Meyer, the event hosts the works of more than 150 other juried fine artists and craftsman, displaying original paintings, spectacular small, medium and life-size bronzes, radiant glass sculptures, metal creations and fabulous batiks. There is also hand thrown clay, hand woven baskets, wood works, one of a kind jewelry, breathtaking photography and mixed media pieces.

The festival is also known as one of Arizona’s largest wine tasting events. Every Thunderbird Artists festival hosts a variety of local and international wines for sampling. Participating wineries include Aged 2 Perfection, Golden Rule Vineyards, King Frosch, Schlossadler International, Sogno Toscano and Su Vino. Peoria Artisan Brewing will be serving ice cold microbrews, Desert Diamond Distillery will bring a variety of flavored rums and Desert Rock Industries will supply hard ciders. For a $10 fee, patrons receive an engraved souvenir glass with six tasting tickets, allowing them to enjoy their choice of samples, fine art and live musical entertainment all in one place.

Don’t miss this award-winning festival, the Town of Carefree’s ‘Signature Event’, which highlights the artistic works of more than 150 juried fine artists, live music, appetizing food, tempting chocolates and unparalleled wine tasting.  It takes place in downtown Carefree, on Ho Hum & Easy Streets. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day.  Admission is $3.00 and parking is free all weekend. A can’t miss event!

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint” ~Edward Hooper

Thunderbird Artists are ambassadors of the arts;
connecting, inspiring, educating and enhancing
the experience and appreciation of fine art.
— Judi Combs, CEO