6th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

January 12th, 13th & 14th, 2018

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.

Featured Artist is Neil Blanck

The featured artists, Neil and Vivian Blanck, have created a medium all their own, by combining painting and sculptural work.

This husband and wife team developed their present form of painting on spherical pieces of maple wood, in order to create both a painterly and sculptural selection of work. In the 1970’s, Neil discovered he enjoyed the added challenge of working with spheres and unique niche not commonly seen. The paintings are both abstract and representational, where spatial and color relationships are constantly changing, depending on the positioning of the sphere.

In addition to the Blanck’s, 75 other juried fine artists will join Thunderbird Artists to bring the city of Surprise a world-class, fine art event.  Patrons will enjoy more than 2,000 paintings, small, medium and life-size bronzes, glass sculptures, metal creations, hand thrown clay, Raku pottery and sculptures, wood turned bowls, unique and one of a kind jewelry, photography, elegant stone, copper, clay and mixed media sculptures.

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.