Make plans now to attend one of Arizona’s premiere arts festivals!

Formerly Sunday @ Shemer, this event has been held since 1998 at one of the most historic sites in Phoenix, the Shemer Art Center!  This year, the Shemer Art Center is pleased to announce that the Shemer Arizona Arts Festival will once again be a two-day event, to be held Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, from 10 a.m. – to 4 p.m., and admission to this year’s event will once again be FREE! 

It will also serve as the site of the rescheduled G.A.I.N. event, hosted by the Arcadia Camelback Mountain and Arcadia Osborn neighborhood associations!  Date:  Saturday, Nov. 3.  Time:  2-5 p.m!

This annual event will be held just in time to kick-off holiday shopping and will offer a free gift-wrapping table!  Over 40 artists from all across Arizona will feature one-of-a-kind works of art, plus some will be demonstrating blacksmithing, pottery wheel-throwing, and more. The event will also feature a $5 Kids Zone with interactive arts activities and a free t-shirt for all children who enter, plus sculpture garden tours, live music including the Dusty Tuffets Band, food & beverage vendors like Black Cat Coffee House, Chef Wade’s Mac & Cheese, Leo’s Ice Cream and more, plus a silent auction!

This year’s event is also once again a stop on the Camelback Studio Tour and Sale, taking place at eight home studios on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 2, 3 and 4, 2018!   The Shemer Arizona Arts Festival is a great place to enjoy breakfast or lunch during the tours!

Featured Artists at the 2018 Shemer Arizona Arts Festival Include:

Alix Alejandro, Velma Barder, Roger Bedard, Sandy Blain, Gerri Dames, Hristi Dimitrova Wilson, Allison Echanove, John Erwin, Elliott Everson, Julius Forzano, Jules Gissler, Dave Hanson, Robbie Hopwood, Mabre Lencho-Armstrong, Kara Marshall, Rami Myron, Glennda Neff, Mike Pearson, Fritz Pender, Cheri Reckers, Parris Richie, Don Ridley, Michelle Rodeman and Robert McLeod, Christine Sandifur, Alice Slack, Linda Taylor, Olivia Thomas, Jared Trask and John Tzelepis.  There will also be a variety of demonstrating artists including artists demonstrating pottery wheel throwing, glass flame working, and an interactive blacksmith village with blacksmiths from all over Arizona who you can work beside to forge your own holiday gift!

2018 Arizona Celebrities will include:

Saturday, Nov. 3:

               12 & 2 p.m.:  Sam Pillsbury, Owner of Arizona’s own Pillsbury Wine Co.,  (wine seminars)

3 – 5 p.m.:    Robert Melikian, Paul Schaubach and John Jacquemart, authors of Phoenix Past and Present (meet the authors and booksigning)

Sunday, Nov. 4:

12 – 2 p.m.:   Karen Randau, Author, Rim Country Mysteries  (meet the author and booksigning)


Art Organizations:

AZ Clay Association

AZ Glass Alliance

Scottsdale Bonsai Society

Arizona Blacksmiths Association


Business Vendors:

Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix

Dreamstyle Remodeling

        Tony Montagnino, Liberty Mutual

Destiny’s Psychic


Media Partner:

The Arcadia News    (see calendar listing and ad in this month’s issue!)


“Since 1984 the Shemer Art Center has supported and showcased Arizona artists,” said Shonna James, Executive Director.  “This two-day event gives us the opportunity to showcase emerging and established artists from all across the state, and further display the talent we have here in Arizona. Plus the free admission will allow even more families to attend.”

For more information about the Shemer Arizona Arts Festival or the Shemer Art Center, located at 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018, call (602) 262-4727, email or visit