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Fine Arts and Wine Festival weekend returns to Prescott

Wondering and wandering after a last-minute Mother's Day gift? With a smorgasbord of paintings and sculptures, Arizona wines, dance and music performances, and local cuisine, Prescott's 26th annual Fine Arts and Wine Festival may have you covered.

"It's a great event to bring Mom to because of all of the wonderful artists and the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon in the wine garden," said Rae Frederickson, festival organizer with the Mountain Artists Guild. "The festival's always been the first art show on the square, on Mother's Day, that launches the summer."

Festivities run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza in Prescott.

Although the Tuesday fire that burned down three businesses on Whiskey Row raised questions from concerned participants, Frederickson said the event remains on schedule.

The juried art show features more than 140 artists. Mediums include metal, glass and wood sculpture, painting, ceramics, fiber arts, photography and jewelry.

The wine garden features a dozen Arizona wineries.

"It's about atmosphere and just helps to make the show a higher-quality event," Frederickson said.

Attendance has typically been in the 10,000 to 15,000 range, she added.

"And we're growing. As word's getting out, we're getting artists from outside Arizona," Frederickson said. "This year we've got artists from Oregon, New York and Texas."

The event benefits the Mountain Artists Guild, a nonprofit organization.

The art show is free. The Goodwin Street wine garden opens 11 a.m. both days. Tickets are $12 for six wine tastings and a souvenir glass. Live music runs intermittently at the gazebo beginning 11 a.m. both days. Food is for sale along Gurley and Cortez streets on the square.

Children and teens can take part in hands-on art activities and entertainment at the Kids ArtZone, open 10 a.m. both days.

Call Mountain Artists Guild at 928-445-2510 or visit www.prescottartfestivals.com for more information.

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