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Master southwest artists to be showcased

Wigwam Resort will host the 5th Annual Wigwam Festival of Fine Art, an extraordinary three day festival of the arts.

Discover the original works of the Southwest’s most accomplished fine artists and craftsmen displayed in a stunning outdoor gallery located on the majestic front lawn of Arizona’s first and most celebrated resort.

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 9.07.11 AMStarting from the moment guests arrive, the experience will reflect the character and charm of the resort’s original grand entrance when it first opened in 1929. The resort resides over 450 acres of lush landscaped gardens, towering palm walkways and fragrant citrus tree-lined enclaves among numerous floral and rose gardens filled with intimate lounging areas, offering a traditionally unforgettable experience to a time of serenity and life’s simple pleasures.  “I believe you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful venue for an outdoor Festival” said Candy Vermillion, event organizer.

Widely recognized by collectors and art enthusiasts, this event draws award-wining artists from across the Country portraying Western, Native American, and Southwestern subject matter and includes participating members of such prestigious organizations as the Western Artists of America, cCowboys Artists of America, and Southwestern Premier Artists.

Guests will have a rare opportunity to meet and visit with nationally renowned artists, while strolling through the grounds sipping a collection of fine wine and enjoying the enchanting sights and sounds of Native American dancers, storytellers, and musicians.  Performing on the Main Stage will be internationally acclaimed and five time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan with Estun-Bah and the Yellow Bird Dancers.  The Yellow Bird Dancers travel the US and Canada sharing the traditional dances of their tribes. Sharing the stage will be “Lord of the Strings”, Arvel Bird with Many Tribes, One Fire. The beauty of these stirring performances against the backdrop of the legendary Wigwam Resort offers visitors a rare photo opportunity to capture the true Southwest in all its beauty and charm!

Plan your Valentine’s getaway to indulge yourself in elegant art, wine food, and stirring outdoor entertainment, all in a setting that has drawn discriminating visitors to the West Valley for the decades.

Festival highlights and amenities include, wine & cocktail bars, al fresco dining,  fine chocolate made onsite, confectionaries, homemade ice cream,  continuous live music, valet parking, shuttle service, onsite restaurants, and more.image003

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Scottsdale Cultural Council CEO Resigns

Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO William H. Banchs has announced his resignation from the nonprofit organization effective August 31. Banchs plans to return to Miami to pursue new professional opportunities.

“During Bill’s five-and-a-half-year tenure he worked successfully to completely restructure and reorganize the Cultural Council’s governance and management, and to strengthen its development programs,” remarked Ellen Andres-Schneider, chair of the board of trustees.

“This was all done in accordance with a new strategic plan he helped to create. These positive developments took place during an unprecedented recession, which occupied the majority of Bill’s tenure. On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank Bill for his persistence and determination in bringing about these positive outcomes, which have helped pave the way toward a bright future for the Cultural Council,” Andres-Schneider added.

“I have been very fortunate to have served one of the most comprehensive cultural organizations in the nation. The artistic experiences I have had at the Scottsdale Cultural Council have been on par with the best I have ever seen or heard anywhere,” noted Bill Banchs. “I particularly wish to thank the City of Scottsdale for its commitment to the arts, the Cultural Council staff for its dedication to such high standards of artistic excellence, and the board of trustees for its active engagement and participation in our efforts to strengthen the organization and broaden its audiences and base of private-sector support.”

Banchs began his position with the Scottsdale Cultural Council in January 2008. He previously served as president of the Miami-based National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for 17 years.

The Cultural Council will appoint an interim CEO and begin a national search for a new president and CEO.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.