All Original Work From America’s Finest Artists and Craftmakers
Shimmering ceramic bowls and vases, vibrant oil and watercolor paintings, fabulous jewelry, glowing handblown glass vessels, superb leather handbags, belts, briefcases and sandals, exquisite art papers, stunning panoramic photographs, handpainted clothing, exquisite woodwork and dramatic sculptures –– at affordable prices –– you’ll find this original work and lots more at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 9-10, Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 pm. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street. Enjoy a sun-splashed weekend browsing and strolling among colorful, well-stocked booths and meet 600 of America’s finest artists and craftmakers showcasing their latest work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art at this nationally renown festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts.
Mitchell and Salinda Milicevich beeswax candles
Pualani beauty products from Leslie Ngai
Lisa Candee handmade totes
Pam Lynch handwoven scarf
June Lantz wrap bracelets
Paul Nzalamba batik
Ben Teeter mixed media painting "Posey"
Everyone can do with a little mood lighting ... and Mitchell and Salinda Milicevich can show you how to create a perfect ambiance. They design pure beeswax candles in all sorts of shapes, colors and sizes. The beeswax is purchased from local beekeepers in California. Their candles make fabulous table centerpieces, hostess gifts and accessories. Each candle is cut, sculpted, rolled and twisted by hand. Just in time for fall festivities, Greg and Pamela Beckman will sell crystalline ceramic pumpkins, vases, espresso cups and tea mugs. They throw interesting shapes on the potter’s wheel, and all of their shimmering glazes are made from scratch. David Levy crafts game boards, tables, cutting boards, knife blocks, desk accessories and toys from laminated hardwoods including cherry, white oak, maple, Peruvian walnut and African padauk. His wooden items make wonderful, old-fashioned gifts and they are extremely durable. Take a stay-cation by creating your own spa with Pualani beauty products from Leslie Ngai. Her amazing blends are made with all-natural, organic and almost exclusively Hawaiian ingredients with invigorating aromas. Check out Leslie’s exfoliating scrubs that polish the skin and the beauty oils that nourish hair and skin from head to toe.
Lisa Candee’s love of unusual fabrics and patterns led her to start her own business. She makes fabric tote bags with plenty of pockets for cellphones, notebooks and keys. Everything has a place, and the functional bags will keep you organized and stress free! Travel in style with a soft, feminine jacket, poncho or scarf designed by Pam Lynch. All of her pieces are made from a rayon/poly blend of knitwear. They are easy to pack and can be hand washed and air dried. Bon Voyage! Integrity, inner peace, imagination ... these are just three of the many themes June Lantz highlights in her inspirational jewelry line. Her healing, beaded gemstone bracelets help her customers to manifest positive intentions. Take a step back in time with gorgeous French-knit earrings, bracelets and necklaces by Helen Mountz. Freshwater pearls, glass beads and crystals are French knitted around silk-threaded cords, using bronze-coated copper wire. The collection is absolutely stunning.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Paul Nzlamba expresses his cultural heritage in his exotic batik prints, notecards and lithographs. As a young boy in Uganda, Paul watched his mother design baskets, room dividers and floor mats. He began painting when he was only 9 and later refined his skills in college, where he learned the art of batik (a wax-resist, fabric dying technique). Today, Paul’s paintings feature themes of family, relationships, celebration and learning. Toni Smith scours California and Florida coastlines for delicate sea shells, driftwood and sand dollars. She transforms them into soothing mobiles by adding beads and driftwood–perfect for porches and patios. Toni’s sturdy creations will withstand the elements. She also sells interesting, Indian-inked sand dollars. Mixed-media artist Ken Rasterstache was an introvert as a young child. He said he used his artwork “to make friends by exchanging pencil drawings for pudding cups.” Ken currently makes 3-D robot sculptures. He recently published his first book about robots called "Secret's Out of the Box.” Stuart Ratcliffe has an exceptional ability to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary works of art. His pencil, pen and charcoal and pen drawings feature moonlit streets at midnight, ominous starry skies, fluttering butterflies and botanicals, and spindly trees swaying in the wind.
Expressionist painter Paz Winshtein’s canvases are ethereal and dreamy. A solitary figure often is the subject of his narrative oil paintings. Paz expresses a variety of emotions through his art. He uses a palette knife to create thick, textured brushstrokes that are accented by thin, layered strokes for detail. If you don’t have time for a vacation this summer, visit Dennis Kohn’s photography booth. He will showcase white-washed villages in Greece, sparking waters in Tahiti, the rich history of Israel and sacred places in India. His latest collection includes images of Buddhist monks and remote villages in Thailand. From the Golden State Warriors to Marilyn Monroe to the Beatles, Ben Teeter’s colorful paintings capture magical moments of sports figures, musicians and movie stars. He is a former Donruss Diamond Kings baseball card painter and a commissioned artist for the NFL alumni. Ben’s work has been shown in galleries across the country, including the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS) in Indianapolis and the Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco. Anna Choi’s acrylic paintings are inspired by nature, culture and everyday life. The artist learned a lot about textiles while living in France. She was impressed by their vibrant colors and whimsical, geometric patterns. “My work begins with a brush single stroke, unfolds through a journey of self-discovery, and culminates with a rich and energetic visual experience,” she said. “Most important, I have found true joy, passion and expression through my work.”