Exceptional Artists and Craftmakers Take Center Stage Menlo Summer Fest
Stroll, shop and browse among more than 200 well-stocked booths brimming with dazzling jewelry, exceptional paintings, functional ceramics, shimmering glass vessels, leather goods, beautiful photography, wood carvings, mixed media creations, on-trend fashions and much more at the visual feast that is Artsplash, the fine arts and crafts component of Menlo Summer Fest, coming up July 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.
"There will be more than 200 art and specialty food vendors popping up on Santa Cruz Avenue,” said Dana Hale-Mounier, director of Pacific Fine Arts Festivals. “Come and visit with the artisans, learn the stories behind their crafts, and find wonderfully unique items and gifts to adorn your home. See up close the hard work and love that is put into each creation, and take home a treasure from the festival to remember this special weekend event!"
Katherine Schad’s contemporary, floral and abstract paintings are bursting with color. From butterscotch blooms and coral mums to spiritual themes such as enlightenment, belonging and authenticity, her work is uplifting and inspirational. Photographers Sky and Leah Emerson take magnificent shots of breathtaking landscapes and wildlife in the Sierras, particularly in Lake Tahoe. Their photos have a rustic quality to them and are presented on metal prints, canvas wraps and fine art prints. “Virtually all my paintings have water included in the subject,” noted watercolorist Alain Fastre, who has traveled the world to capture the oldest lighthouse in Ireland, a river in Holland, a marsh in Belgium and tranquil Carmel by the Sea. He uses a palette of soft, soothing colors.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Inspired by interesting creatures of land and sea, Shawn Tsai transforms glass rods into mesmerizing sculptures. His shimmering collection includes colorful fish, tropical turtles, prancing horses and symbolic dragonflies. Mixed media artist Erik Nelson is known for his contemporary art. He uses industrial, construction-based materials including metal, latex paint, shellac varnish and tar. A self-described Bohemian Beatnik who grew up in Pacific Grove, Erik loves to incorporate collage and he prefers soft earth tones. “My paintings are to be experienced, not explained,” he said. Nobe Babayan’s bronze sculptures have a deeply sensitive, spiritual quality. He enjoys expressing himself through his art and noted that his sculptures of people and animals bear an unmistakable imprint of his imagination.
Victor and Yaneth Yurivilka leather purse adorned with silver and stone
Michael Frazier redwood patio furniture
A true artist, Julie Anna Smith has been hand-painting clothing for 25 years. Her whimsical creations are popular in Hermosa beach, and her children’s designs are reminiscent of colorful children’s books. Victor and Yaneth Yurivilca incorporate their Peruvian heritage into their exquisite silver and stone jewelry designs. “My work is a reflection of my life experiences around the world,” Victor noted. “I follow my instincts.” Pam Lynch’s embellished scarves, ponchos, jackets and vests are truly one of a kind. Soft and cozy, her designs are embellished with yarn, paint and suede.
All dolled up–American Girl fans will enjoy browsing Linda Farrell’s booth for adorable doll fashions. From wedding dresses to witch costumes, her collection will be a hit with doll collectors of all ages. Just in time for your next summer soiree, Michael Frazier builds his timeless redwood furniture in his Sun Valley shop. His timeless designs have been sent to many countries, including the Royal Palace in Egypt and a castle in London. They also have been spotted in movies including Kindergarten Cop and The Patriot. John Reiger is a potter and a poet. His floral ceramic dishes, clocks and butter dishes emit a tranquil quality. “Someone once said that being an artist is like being yourself for a living,” he said. “So here I am, slowly potting my way through a good life. It’s a hard way to make a living, but a wonderful way to live a life!”