Arizona Fine Art EXPO Showcases Up-and-Coming Queen Creek Artist



Arizona Fine Art EXPO Showcases Up-and-Coming Queen Creek Artist

21-year-old Oil Painter Miranda Gamel One of Nearly 100 Award-Winning Artists Showcased Friday, January 13 – Sunday, March 26

At the age of only 21, Miranda Gamel is making a name for herself in the art world. The Queen Creek resident and Poston Butte High School alum has been selected to participate in the Arizona Fine Art EXPO taking place Friday, January 13 through Sunday, March 26.

The juried fine art show, which gives patrons the opportunity to meet nearly 100 artists working in 113 patron-friendly art studios within a 44,000 square-foot space, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. It is located under the “festive white tents” at 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads, next to MacDonald’s Ranch.

Hundreds of artists apply to participate in the Arizona Fine Art EXPO each year, but only those with the highest quality work are selected.

“Miranda ability to use bold, beautiful colors to create paintings that speak to the viewer is what impressed us the most about her work,” says Judi Combs, Thunderbird Artists CEO. “We are confident visitors’ at this year’s EXPO will be touched by her work and will remember it long after they’ve returned home.”

Gamel was introduced to the art world at an early age; both of her parents are artists. But, it wasn’t until recently that she began pursuing a career in fine art. She found her passion for oil paints during an intensive art mastery program she took through the Milan Art Institute in Queen Creek and has been pursuing art full time for the past 18 months.

Before she ever touches brush to canvas, Gamel spends hours looking for inspiration in images she finds online and creating a basic plan for her composition in Photoshop. Once the layout looks right on her computer screen, Gamel begins the transformation of her blank canvas into a moving work of art.

Her favorite subjects to paint are women and close-up faces, because of the skill used in painting the plane shifts and structure of the face. She also enjoys painting the detail needed to portray the eyes of her subjects.

Gamel also showcases animals in her artwork. Some of her most recent pieces have been of elephants and jaguars.

In her spare time, Gamel teaches drawing and painting classes for children ages 8-14 at the Milan Art Institute.

“I’m excited to participate in the Arizona Fine Art EXPO,” said Gamel. “It will be interesting to see how my art changes over the next three months as I’m surrounded by other artists and get to interact with the people who come to the show.”

Renowned artists from across the globe will make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale home for 10 weeks as they create original works of art in what has come to be known as one of Arizona’s best venues for collecting fine art.


Guests will have a rare chance to meet the artists, see them in action, and learn about their inspiration and techniques.

Throughout the 10-week show, artisans will create beautiful paintings, sketch passionately in pencil, charcoal and pastels; sculpt, fire clay and bronze; drill, chisel and carve stone; blow glass, build a ship in wood, stain and etch gourds; design lost wax casting; solder and weld jewelry and more. Art is for sale and commissions are welcomed throughout the show.

In addition to perusing the artists’ studios, patrons can stroll throughout one of the Valley’s largest sculpture gardens, which includes a Koi pond with waterfall surrounded by natural desert as well as a hummingbird garden. Other highlights include a café, wine tastings, garden parties, book signings, Arabian horses in the garden, live music every weekend and more.

For 35 years, Thunderbird Artists has played a very important role in uniting gifted artists with patrons across the world by producing award-winning fine art and fine wine festivals. A family-run business, Thunderbird Artists’ success and the encouragement of artists prompted the birth of the Arizona Fine Art EXPO 13 years ago.

Season passes to the EXPO cost $10; season passes for seniors and military are $8; and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.

For more details about participating artists or events during the show, call (480) 837-7163 or visit www.ArizonaFineArtEXPO.com.

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