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March 4, 2017, 10:00 AM - March 19, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion
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 starting March 4, 2017. Admission is free* and open to the public every day of the week. The exhibit will be on display through August.
The first life-size signature sculptor created by Ray Villafane and Sue Beatrice in the Carefree Desert Gardens was completed in May of 2016 titled, “Elephant playing chess with a field mouse,” consisting of 24 tons of sand sourced from the Salt River in Arizona. The exhibit garnered world attention by the media who had never seen sand sculpting taken to that level. This year Nikolay Torkhov from Moscow, Russia will join Villafane in creating 24 tons of grandeur over the 2 week period. Nikolay and Ray met a few years ago in Italy at a sand event and Ray was impressed with his abilities and decided he could represent Villafane Studios.
March 17, 2017, 10:00 AM - March 19, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Carefree Desert Gardens
For the first time this year Ray Villafane has invited professional stone balancer, Tim Anderson, a Pennsylvania native, to join him in transforming 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.
March 17, 2017, 10:00 AM - March 19, 2017, 5:00 PM
Wine Tasting Ticket and Souvenir Glass for $10.
The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festivals are enhanced by the beautiful Sonoran Desert backdrop of Carefree. Thunderbird Artists holds the title of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting events, featuring first-class wines from around the world. These festivals touch each of the senses, with fine wines, mouthwatering chocolates, the visual feast of art and the subtle sound of ambient music. After taking in all the sights and sounds of the festival, make sure and leave yourself time to discover Carefree’s assortment of unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and outdoor cafes.