Exceptional Artists and Craftmakers Showcase Their Latest Work at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, One of America’s Top Art Festivals
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 all of this and more at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 8-9, Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 pm. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street. Stroll and browse well-stocked booths and meet 500 of America’s finest artists and craftmakers — creators of the beautiful art on display at this nationally renown festival.
Inspired by the life of Beatrix Potter, Teresa Silvestri’s love of animals inspires her watercolor paintings. Her representational painting style is known for its softness, and her passion is to capture the expressions and personalities of her furry subjects. Teresa layers paint to create fur and uses a palette of bright colors. Her favorite subjects to paint? Rabbits, of course. Photographer Julie Pimentel travels the globe to capture gorgeous images of the world’s prettiest sights. Check out her San Francisco series, which includes the Golden Gate Bridge under a magnificent sunset, sailboats on the choppy bay, charming Victorian houses, and the glorious Mile Rock Beach. When she was only 3, Melinda Lu doodled images on the walls of her childhood home! Today, the artist who believes that “art is freedom” has a gallery in Sacramento and a loyal following for her abstract acrylic paintings. Her latest collection includes a series of graceful ballerinas.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
After he moved to Squaw Valley a few years ago, Roger Floren learned how to make 3-D wooden maps that resemble the rugged terrain of Lake Tahoe. He recently expanded his ultra cool work to include maps of the Grand Canyon, the Bay Area and Monterey Bay. Rachel Shultz has mastered the technique of reverse painting on plexiglass. Butterflies, hearts, trees and flowers adorn each painting. Her work bursts with brilliant colors and has a lit-from-within glow. Larisa Thaney’s nature-inspired pictures are made from real dried leaves, flowers, tree bark and plants. Cornhusk or colored paper set the backdrop, and the artist uses tweezers, glue and a magnifying glass to perfect the intricate details of each masterpiece.
Music lovers will appreciate Jerry Limon’s expressive T-shirts, blouses and hats. His screen-printed creations capture a wide range of cultures, including Afro-Caribbean, Latin jazz, the blues and urban hip-hop. Kelly Morgen’s jewelry honors the sacred art of storytelling. Each tiny cameo holds a story within, exploring myths from around the world and empowering women. Kelly spent a year abroad in Italy, where she apprenticed with a master goldsmith. She continued her studies in metal arts with a Cherokee shaman and silversmith in rural Montana. Today, Kelly’s jewelry is collected by famous actors and authors. Cathy Peterson sews adorable shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses for little kids who wear sizes 2-5. She also makes doll clothes in all sorts of patterns, and colorful tote bags for toys and accessories.
Linda Schauble’s uses a palette of rich fall colors to accent her functional pottery. She makes gorgeous bowls, mugs, platters, teapots and other kitchen accessories with floral and vegetable designs. Contemporary ceramicist Rose Lee’s collection features unusually-shaped plates and platters. Her modern, swirling designs are accented with hues of turquoise, red and cobalt blue. Step up your next cocktail party with shimmering wine and champagne glasses made by Nigora Shakikova. She paints delicate flowers, animals and art scenes of famous artists on her glasses with special paint. The glasses are fired in an oven, so they are dishwasher safe. Cheers!