Art Shows

2018 Fall Art Show Calendar

This year is my first year that I will participate in art shows around the Phoenix area.

A staple of my latter years in Virginia Beach, I participated in art shows from Pennsylvania and New Jersey all the way down to Florida (Las Olas Art Show in Fort Lauderdale, anyone?).

In Virginia, I particapated in a number of Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Shows, a number of Neptune Art Festivals, not to mention a number of shows down at the VB Convention center, as well as Willoughby Art Show just to name a few. In short, I am no stranger to art shows.

Booth at the Christmas Show at the Frederickburg (Virginia) Convention Center, circa 2014

However, the transition from the east coast to the southwest has been a longer transition than I anticipated. Largely in that my artwork has changed from largely beach related themes to more southwestern themed photography. I have also added some travel related photography to round out the portfolio.


My Fine Art Photography

Plans for this Fall

So I will offer beach and coastal themed photographs, southwestern themed photographs and travel related themed photographs on my website, and in my booth.

Putting together stretcher bars for my canvas gallery wraps for shows this fall. Looks like I need more wine 😉

I applied to five shows for this fall, and got accepted to four with the fifth as a standby, which I will turn down if offered as four is plenty while I am still working full time.

The shows I am participating in are noted below, with separate links to pages on each show, complete with maps and booth related information for those who are able to attend. I would love to see you guys if you plan to attend any of these shows, and would love to show you my new artwork that I have captured thus far out here in the southwest.

I have plans to have three walls (I am using a 10×10 sized tent. As this is my first year in this area, I wanted to “test” the waters before making the decision to move up to a 10×20 size tent that I have used in the past): One wall dedicated to the Grand Canyon, one wall dedicated to other areas of the Southwest, and the third wall dedicated to my Travel photography. 

I am looking forward to these fours shows and am excited to meet new people who are looking for some great photography and just want to chat!


Art Shows for Fall 2018

I have been invited to the following shows below and have accepted.  As I learn more about booth locations and get maps and other information, I will create a page for that art show and will provide a link on this page so you can easily get to the information you are looking for. The current information has been pulled from the websites for each festival and is provided for your information.

 It would be great to meet you at one of these shows!

  • Sedona Arts Festival
  • Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts
  • Tempe Festival of the Arts
  • Phoenix Festival of the Arts

2018 Sedona Arts Festival
October 13 and 14, 2018

Make your plans now!

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sedona Red Rock High School
995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road in West Sedona

Click here for a map and directions


  • At the gate: $12
  • Online in advance: $10
  • Children 12 and under are FREE

$2 coupons can be found at area hotels and businesses


Why am I paying to shop?
The Sedona Arts Festival is our primary fundraiser to support art education in the greater Sedona area.

To date, the Sedona Arts Festival has donated nearly $300,000 in scholarship and arts education funding.

We are a smoke-free event. Sorry, no pets allowed on property.

Our location on the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School prevents us from allowing pets on the property.

For their safety, please leave your pets at home. Service animals are, of course, allowed.


  • Litchfield Park Town Center
    101 W. Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ
  • November 1-2, 2018
  • Phone: (623) 734-6526
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free

The Litchfield Park Festival of Arts, now in its 49th year, will take place in the historic resort community of Litchfield Park. A popular destination for outdoor Arts and Entertainment, Litchfield Park hosts a variety art and cultural Festivals, concerts, and special events throughout the year. The Festival of Arts is held annually during the first weekend of November, in the historic district surrounding the legendary Wigwam Resort. During the two day festival, the district transforms into a vibrant artisans village where patrons enjoy strolling along tree lined streets and shaded parks while perusing original works from more than 250 fine artists and craftsmen, and indulging in tasty culinary dishes and refreshing beverges from dozens of gourmet eateries, local wineries and micro breweries. 

November 30-December 2, 2018  |  10a - 5:30p  |  Free Admission

The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine and has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The spring and fall events each attract nearly 225,000 visitors to the Downtown Tempe over the course of a 3-day weekend.

Quality independent artists are fundamental to the success of the event. Each Festival receives more than 500 applications from throughout North America, in 17 different visual arts categories that range from wood to photography to ceramics, wearable art, jewelry and other categories. From these applicants, a jury comprised of members of the local art community ranks the top artisans in each category to participate in the Festival, and the highest ranking artists receive invitations to participate. During the Festival, a new jury selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category and these winners receive cash honoraria awards.

As many as 375 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts returns to Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix, December 7-9, 2018Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present the seventh annual event, featuring more than 150 art and food vendors. It’s a perfect time to shop for local art and celebrate the season.

Live entertainment, taking place on 3 stages, includes local bands, solo artists, dancers, choral groups, spoken word artists, comedians, art demonstrations, and more!

The Phoenix Mural Project, a hands-on community art project organized by acclaimed local muralist, Hugo Medina, is a signature component of the Festival, allowing community members to paint and create alongside professional local artists.

The Family Zone, presented by the Phoenix Center for the Arts Teen Artist Guild, provides fun, free activities for families all day long. Activities include face painting, the teen art show & sale, and lots of fun with Phoenix Youth Circus Arts

Beer and wine, sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company, can be carried throughout the Festival grounds. Food vendor lineup to be announced in the coming months.

The Festival Main Stage, sponsored by Rebel Lounge, includes some of the best local bands in town. The Entertainment Pavilion, sponsored by Muse, features art demonstrations, circus performances, dance ensembles, spoken word poets, choral groups, and more! The Acoustic Stage, sponsored by Soliloquies, will offer up some amazing up-and-coming solo and duo acts from around the Valley.

For more information, call 602-254-3100.


Event Facts:

What: The Seventh Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Dates: December 7-9, 2018

Friday, December 7 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Dogs Allowed: YES

Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004 (deck park above the I-10 Interstate freeway)

Parking/Transportation: Limited public parking available in the Phoenix Center for the Arts parking lot (enter from 3rd Street, just North of Moreland). Street parking is also available on 1st and 2nd streets.

Tip: Avoid the hassle and take METRO Light Rail to the McDowell/Central Ave or Roosevelt/Central Ave. Bike racks are also available. To find out the best way for you to take public transportation to the Festival, click here to plan your trip. For rates and other details see

Park & Ride Locations:
7th Avenue/Camelback Road
19th Avenue/Montebello Avenue
19th Avenue/Camelback Road
38th Street/Washington Street
Central Avenue/Camelback Road
Dorsey Lane/Apache Boulevard
McClintock Road/Apache Boulevard
Price Freeway/Apache Boulevard
Sycamore Street/Main Street

Presenting Organization: Phoenix Center for the Arts

Supported By: Muse, SRP, Hensley Beverage Company, en Hance Park Condominiums, Times Media Group, Phoenix New Times, Local First Arizona, Roosevelt Row, Uber, Downtown Phoenix, Inc, Reliant Capitol, State Farm, Affordable Enterprises, Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation, and City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture

Event Highlights: Three days of live arts festivities – 150+ arts and cultural exhibitors! Plus a hands-on community mural, food trucks, live entertainment on 3 stages, beer & wine, Family Zone activities, and more.

Festival Directory:  This take-home guide to all things arts & culture in Phoenix will feature information on the participating arts and cultural organizations. 5,000 will be handed out at the festival…for free!

Information: or 602-254-3100

Hashtag: #PFA2017

Facebook: Phoenix-Festival-of-the-Arts

Twitter: @PhxFestivalArts, @PhxCenterArts

Instagram: @phoenixfestivalofthearts

Festival Mission Statement: Phoenix Festival of the Arts is an annual celebration of arts and culture in the Valley of the Sun. The festival serves to stimulate both economic and cultural growth, and encourages the entire community to explore artistic, cultural, and educational activities. Locals and visitors alike are invited to join in for a weekend-long event full of arts, entertainment, vendors, and local cuisine.

About Phoenix Center for the Arts

Phoenix Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, providing the community with the opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through quality programming, events, and education for youth and adults. Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to be a facility of and supported by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Phoenix Center for the Arts is supported in part by an award from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona. Partial funding provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.

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