Anthem, known for being one of Arizona’s premier family and country
club communities, is fast becoming a cultural center in the North Valley.
Case in point is the third annual Festival of Fine Arts, which will be held
at the Anthem Community Center from Friday, January 12 through
Sunday, January 14, 2007. The festival presents residents of Anthem and
the surrounding area with a unique combination of visual, performing,
and culinary arts, and promises to be a weekend to remember.
The juried art show and sale will showcase more than 70 award-winning
and emerging Arizona Artists. Among them are watercolorist and last
year’s winner of Best in Show Steve Stento; southwest painter and 2005
Best in Show, Tom Haas; contemporary western painter Lance Headlee;
contemporary sculptor, Ed Meyrowitz; bronze sculptor, Kim Obrzut;
ceramicist, Tandy Beard; and jewelry designer Donna Law.
“We encourage people to come early, to visit with the artists, who are on
hand and eager to discuss their work,” says Willine Evans, festival chair.
“It is a great opportunity to find out what inspires your favorite artist,
why they chose their medium, and how they’ve honed their techniques
over the years to translate their inspiration into their art.”
And for those who enjoy art in motion, 13 notable Arizona performing
arts companies will take the stage, including Ballet Arizona, Great
Arizona Puppet Theater, Arizona Opera, AZDance Group, and
Meadowlark with a special event performance by Arizona Broadway
Theatre. Accompanying the fabulous stage productions, the audience
can take pleasure in gourmet lunch creations that are specially prepared
for the event by Our Kitchen to Yours, Phantom Caterers, and Garden
Angel Tea Room.
Organized by the Arts Council of the North Valley, the Fine Arts
Festival and Gala builds on the success of last year’s events. “Our
vision was to promote increased access to the arts and to contribute
to the development of an appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of
community life in the North V