The Mountain Artists Guild has a treat in store for moms this weekend when its 27th annual Fine Art & Wine Festival spreads across the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza Saturday and Sunday.
Artists - 125 in all - from far and wide will set up their works for visitors to peruse. They represent all mediums - metal and glass sculpture, painting, mixed media, photography, ceramics and jewelry, festival coordinator Rae Frederickson said.
An added feature of the two-day event is a wine garden, which will be located on Cortez Street between Union and Goodwin streets. Wineries that will set up with their wares include Oak Creek, Arizona Stronghold, Sam Pillsbury of Pillsbury Wine, Granite Creek, Page Springs, Bitter Creek and Jerome and Studio Vino. Vendors offering restaurant-style food in a variety of tastes will be located on the far north side of the courthouse plaza on Gurley Street.
Music will also be a special attraction, with appearances by Scott Helmer, along with Tracie Cripps, Saith, Adam Smith, Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers and Dave Koch and the Thumb Brutes.
Helmer, his website states, was turned upside down when the economy failed and he lost his business and his family. Rather than go down in defeat, he chose to return to his love for music and now tours with his songs that "blend rock and pop tunes infusing memorable guitar riffs and catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics that tell real stories of love, pain and starting over."
Helmer will perform both days in the Wine Garden from 11 a.m. to closing. The line up for performances in the gazebo is: Cripps will perform acoustic guitar, folk and blues from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday; Saith will entertain with his eclectic mix of electric guitar, blues and folk from noon to 2 p.m. that day; and Adam Smith will perform rock and jazz from 2 to 4 p.m. On Sunday in the gazebo, Pacey will perform her special solo acoustics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Koch and the Brutes will play their blue grass melodies from 2 to 4 p.m.
Children can visit the Kids Zone for activities during the festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.prescottartfestivals.com.