Fountain Hills’ burgeoning art scene and photogenic natural surroundings make it one of the leading destinations for an Arizona getaway. Visitors must see The Fountain, which is one of the largest water fountains on the planet shooting water up to 560 feet into the air, for 15 minutes on the hour, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, every day. Those looking for a taste of the impressive local art scene will love the Public Art Walks that highlight the more than 150 one-of-a-kind pieces of art that adorn the city landscape.
The Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire has been a can’t miss art showcase for the last 14 years, and it will take place March 23-25 at the Avenue of the Fountains. Attendees will encounter a carefully curated collection of more than 125 award-winning artists from America and beyond. Marilyn and Terry Alexander will be the featured artists at this year’s event. They have received national acclaim for their one-of-a-kind metal sculptures that are influenced by living in the Southwest. Also included will be a massive selection of wines, craft beers, and spirits from across the world, and for an additional $10, attendees will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and tasting tickets. Those in search of food will find a large selection of local food vendors and restaurants serving up snacks, meals, and sweet treats. Bob Culbertson, a famous Chapman Stick artist, and Vibhas Kendiza, a prominent Indian Flute player, will perform individual shows throughout the event. ResortsandLodges.com interviewed Vice President of the Thunderbird Artists, Denise Dale Colter, to learn more about this celebration of art and wine.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
DDC: This is our 14th Annual event.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
DDC: Our event attracts an educated, affluent clientele who enjoy the finer things in life.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
DDC: The fact that patrons can roam the entire festival with their wine. (Most events with any alcohol have a specified area they’re restricted to.)
RAL: Take me through a day at the event. What can I expect as an attendee?
DDC: We have wine and microbrew tasting, rum and spirit sampling, and live music.
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
DDC: Participating vendors include: Cousin’s Lobster, Doctor Hummus, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mr. Nelson’s world-famous cookies, and more. Plus, people can visit surrounding restaurants like Sofrita’s, All American Grill, and Euro Café’.
RAL: Tell us about the overall atmosphere?
DDC: With nice weather, this is a beautiful venue with a clear shot of the fountain that goes off every hour for 15 minutes.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
DDC: People can find a variety of local lodging options here.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
DDC: People in the community love to support the event, and the proceeds benefit the Sunset Kiwanis in Fountain Hills.
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
DDC: Yes, our attendees patronize a variety of local businesses from hotels to shops.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
DDC: People should come to this event for a first-class festival experience. It's an excellent opportunity to meet world-class artists rarely seen in AZ.
For more information about the Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire, please visit the event website.