America’s Finest Artists and Craftmakers Take Center Stage
Fabulous Fall Finds at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
Singular, original, world-class and inspirational are words that come to mind when describing the work of 500 professional artists selling gorgeous, one-of-a-kind items at the 46th 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 America’s finest artists and craftmakers showcasing their latest work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art at this nationally renowned festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts.
Gigi Erickson glass pumpkin
Kateryna Golovanova woven scarf
Ken Takara pottery 'Kabuto Takarabako'
Kit Night painting 'Firelight'
Linda Donohue painting 'Colorscape Sea'
Teresa Silvestri watercolor 'Rosie Raccoon'
Carole Balala felted soaps
Deborah Hutcheson necklace
William Wat original art tees
Gigi Erickson makes shimmering glass pumpkins, vases, flowers and fused-glass wall art. She is known for her glass cherries, which range from 15 to 30 inches tall! Gigi heats molted glass in a crucible inside a glass furnace. After the glass is heated to 2100 degrees, she adds color and dichroic glass, which gives each piece a sparkling touch. Make your home cozy with a cable-knit pillow cover or blanket designed by Kateryna Golovanova. She is an expert in knitting, weaving, spinning and crocheting. “My journey as a fiber artist began at the age of 7, when I knitted my very first scarf,” the artist recounted. “I love to create new designs and provide them with detailed patterns.” Kateryna also sells pretty scarves and wraps. Ken Takara refers to himself as “the master of mud.” His Asian-inspired bowls, mugs, teapots, plates and bottles are lead free and dishwasher safe. He also makes beautiful decorative boxes, lamps and luminaries. Each piece is thrown on the potter’s wheel, and Ken decorates each piece by hand. Add some contemporary flair to your favorite room with a wooden lamp, vase or custom shelf designed by Dave Wertheimer. Dave prefers simple shapes and clean lines. He uses beautiful woods and cut glass to create his modern masterpieces.
Kit Night’s vivid oil paintings have been praised by art critics and authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner John Updike. Her work is influenced by the colorful stories of jazz musicians Miles Davis and John Coltrane. “I love listening to the old guys tell their stories and talk about their struggles,” Kit said. “They pushed themselves to take risks. This is what I try to do with my paintings. I love creating radiant light with color. I like to push the envelope by shoving flattened abstracted space up against realistic, deep space. It's like riding the edge on a sailboard or skiing downhill fast. The thrill is enjoying the ride and not knowing if you're going to crash.” Tim Aston and Dory Myer capture the majestic beauty of rugged mountains, sparkling sunsets, stormy oceans and astonishing night skies. They trek all over California, during all seasons, to photograph some of the golden state’s most celebrated views. Tim, a biology teacher, and Dori, an archivist, have a shared goal of promoting conservation and telling the stories of California’s beautiful landscape. Linda Donohue’s passion for riding horses has influenced her spectacular abstract paintings. Her art has been purchased by HGTV’s Secrets from a Stylist show and by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Her bold acrylic paintings range in color from soothing blues and grays to cheerful pinks and reds. Animal lover Teresa Silvestri works with rabbit rescue agencies to paint watercolor portraits of rabbits and other rescue animals. She creates an illusion of fur by layering paint. Inspired by the life of Beatrix Potter, her dream is to live on a rural farm where she can rescue animals and paint them.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Be ready for that special occasion with a handmade greeting card designed by Matthew and Ana Coatney. They paint stunning images of misty mountains and bold butterflies on fine art paper. Each set comes with matching envelopes in a clear, acrylic gift box. In addition to their one-of-a-kind cards, the Coatneys sell tranquil watercolor paintings. Mixed media artist Saul Yurivilca uses a technique called reverse hand-painting to create art on glass. He draws, etches and paints on the back of the glass so the art design can be seen on the front. Common subjects include Day of the Dead musicians and skeletons. Wine lovers will love Christine Field’s repurposed wine bottle candles. She obtains corks and bottles from local restaurants and wine bars in Los Gatos. After removing labels, cutting, sanding and cleaning, she pours pure soy wax in fused with essential oils into the bottles. Due to the popularity of her wine bottle candles, Christine also sells hanging hurricane lamps, self-watering planters and electric fairy lamps. Philip Glashoff is a farmer. His love of the land keeps him grounded, and his passion for making whimsical sculptures has earned him notable recognition. Philip repurposes fabricated pieces of steel, salvaged machinery, motorcycle tanks and compressor covers into unusual modern sculptures, which are dotted around his Northern California ranch.
Speaking of farms, Carole Balala’s Plum Blossom Farm is home to a flock of Wensleydale sheep. Carole makes soft scarves and wool purses. She also sells kits to crafters and raw fiber to people who spin their own yarn. “Unlike other farms, the animals at PBF are guaranteed a forever home,” Carole noted. “No animals are ever sent to slaughter when they are ‘done being useful.’” Deborah Hutcheson remembers her father opening drawers filled with gold, silver and sparkly gemstones when he made beautiful jewelry for her mother. Following in his footsteps, Deborah is a second-generation metal smith who works with recycled metals, conflict-free gemstones and found objects. Choose from twisted-sphere necklaces, stunning coil rings, tiger-eye earrings and more. Not impressed by the “cheesy designs” or company logos on T-shirts, William Wat decided to create his own line of cool creations. He wants people to wear his popular T-shirts “until they’re full of holes,” and he keeps his customers happy with his ultra-hip designs featuring original artwork. Paula Chang’s fabric earrings have an Asian flair, although they are modern in style. She blends fabric, paper, Asian coins and glass beads to produce brilliant earrings that transition from season to season.