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.

FEATURED ARTIST for the 23rd Annual
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival


November  4th, 5th & 6th 2016

Kick off the art season at Thunderbird Artists’ 23rd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, November 4th, 5th & 6th, 2016, and surround yourself with fine art, wine tasting, micro-brew tasting, festival food and live music, featuring steel drum extraordinaire, Paul McDermand. The featured artist for the event is landscape oil painter,

Darrell Thomas. Darrell Thomas, born and raised in Utah, discovered his passion at 7 years old, when his teacher complimented an art project. His path into the world of art continued to blossom and he has never looked back. Darrell studied Illustration in college and graduated from Utah State University. After graduation he worked as an illustrator, for 20 years, after which he decided to pursue his true dream and paint for himself. He found it not only exciting, but rewarding to give up his position in commercial art to pursue a fine art career.

Darrell has won numerous awards for his work and his proudest accomplishment is gaining the support of wonderful clients from all over the world. “The best compliment an artist can receive is when a customer takes home a piece of his art to make it a part of their lives.”

In addition to the magnificent works of Darrel Thomas, more than 150 other juried fine artisans from throughout the United States and abroad will participate displaying paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and ink; impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures, sparkling hand blown glass, baskets, clay, metal, stone, spectacular handcrafted jewelry, exceptional photography and much more!

The festival also combines fine art with an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines and micro-brews for tasting. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir glass with six tasting tickets; allowing them to walk the streets of downtown Carefree sipping samples, enjoying superb art and listening to live musical entertainment. Come visit Darrell and other renowned artists, for our award winning Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, November 4th, 5th & 6th, 10am to 5pm each day. A truly can’t miss event! 

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