Astonishing Sand Sculpting By World Renowned Artist Ray Villafane starting March 4, 2017!
The Town of Carefree welcomes world renowned artist and sculptor, Ray Villafane, back to create sand art like no other within the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, Carefree Desert Gardens. Ray has invited Nikolay Torkhov, professional sculptor from Russia, to help with the 24 tons of grandeur. You may remember him at the 2016 pumpkin festival.
For the first time Villafane has also invited professional stone balancer, Tim Anderson, a Pennsylvania native, to join him in Carefree the weekend of March 17-19 to transform the Gardens into an artistic stone stacking playground. Visitors can watch demonstrations, participate and ask questions as Ray and Tim defy the laws of physics without the use of any adhesives other than gravity and stones provided by Mother Nature to create unusual artistic formations in the Desert Gardens pools and around the scenic landscape.
Exhibit will remain on display through the summer of 2017 in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion located at:
Carefree Desert Gardens
101 Easy Street
Carefree, AZ 85377
Entrance is FREE*
*Except for weekend of March 17-19 when ThunderBird Artists will present the Carefree Fine Art and Wine Show $3, Carefree Residence are Free!
Meet Hershel Higginbottom the mouse who has made a move and has ended the game with Chessie Trunkston!
Professional stone balancer, Tim Anderson, was invited by Ray Villafane to transform the Desert Gardens into a stone stacking playground March 17-19, 2017.
In Spring of 2016, world renowned sculptor, Ray Villafane, made an impact on the sand sculpting community, creating an award winning larger-than-life 24 ton sand sculpture out of silt sourced from the bottom of the Salt River in Arizona. His masterpiece took 14 days to complete and was on display in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion through the summer of 2016.
Ray also creates the Carefree Pumpkin Garden in October for the Town. Over 50,000 people visited the 2016 exhibition with major media outlets traveling the country to see his unparalleled work.
Samples of Ray Villafane's Global Sand Creations:
Ray Villafane, standing next to one of his creations in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
One of Ray's first sculptors in 2008 was for the annual sand sculpting project in the town of Jeselo, Italy in the the province of Venice called the "Nativity Scene". Soon invited back due to his overwhelming following to sculpt Dante's Inferno.
Just blocks away from Red Square and the Kremlin, Ray was part of an international team that was commissioned by the Cathedral of Christ Our Saviour, one of Moscow's largest cathedrals. Ray carved the portion of the sculpture of which two other sculptors worked on as well- it was part of a larger piece carved by others that is not shown.
Invited to Germany where Ray has fun sculpting personalities of all types! This is a tribute to Franz Messerschmidt, a German sculptor from the 1700's who did studies of individuals in exaggerated facial expressions.
Invited back to Jeselo, Italy to create "Dantes Inferno" one of the most pivotal sculptures of the local sand show.