"Watercolors became my preferred medium because I traveled so much as a scientist. I could easily fit them on an airplane in my backpack," explains local water color artist, Margarethe Brummermann.
Born and raised in Dortmund, Germany, Brummermann developed her passion for painting hand in hand with her career in biology. She worked as a researcher and teacher at universities and field stations across Europe and the United States while also dedicating time to her artistic studies at the Academy for Photography and Design in Dortmund and eventually the Scottsdale Artists School.
"I often use my paintings as backdrops for my PowerPoint slides. I hope to make my scientific topics beautiful and thus more approachable," says Brummermann.
In 2002, she settled in the pristine deserts of the Tucson Mountains now working for Sky Island in the field of diversity research in SE AZ and Sonora Mexico. Brummermann was immediately inspired by her new home and the unique and unexpected community of welcoming creative minds she found here.
Margarethe Brummermann will be one of over 50 of Southern Arizona’s finest artists that will be filling the pristine garden courtyards at the annual La Encantada Fine Art Festival on Saturday, January 19 from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, January 20 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Nestled at the base of the breath-taking Catalina Mountains, this iconic festival will once again bring together a collection of the region’s finest artists to meet and sell directly with the communities that support them at La Encantada shopping center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr
In addition to Brummermann’s paintings, festival attendees can expect to see a variety of artistic mediums ranging from handcrafted metalwork and pottery to delicately stitched clothing and home décor.
New to this year’s festival, attendees can partake in a series of Live Educational Art Demos throughout both days of the event. Demonstrations include scratchboard art from Paul Hopman, clay wheel throwing from Hirotsune Tashima, weaving from the Visual and Textile Arts of Tucson, tapestry-style mosaic with Andrea Edmundson and many others.
A panel of judges will award top marks for Best In Show Overall, Best In Show 2D, and Best in Show 3D.
La Encantada Fine Art Festival
When: Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.
Cost: Free admission
Phone: (520) 797-3959
NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos of past shows and artwork available
About Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages. Visit https://www.saaca.org for more information.