Extraordinary Art for the Home and Garden, Body and Soul at Menlo Summer Fest Artsplash!

Stroll, shop and browse among more than 200 well-stocked booths brimming with on-trend fashions, dazzling jewelry, exceptional paintings, functional ceramics, shimmering glass vessels, leather goods, beautiful photography, wood carvings, mixed media creations and much more at the visual feast that is Artsplash, the fine arts and crafts component of Menlo Summer Fest, coming up July 21-22 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!"

FJ Anderson painting "Ledge"
FJ Anderson painting "Ledge"

Rob Fannin painting "High Wire Act"
Rob Fannin painting "High Wire Act"

Paula Riley painting
Paula Riley painting

Fine Art

F.J. Anderson’s majestic oil paintings capture the mesmerizing natural beauty of the sea and sky. His palette of soothing blue, gray and green will create a peaceful backdrop in your favorite space. Surrealist painter Rob Fannin creates dream-like paintings with acrylic paint and other mediums, using varying techniques of thin color glazing and thick impasto. His work can be found in many private collections throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. Inspired by the Impressionists and Expressionists, Paula Riley considers herself to be a “color magnet.”  She pays close attention to light and shadow, as well as texture, and seeks to tell a story with every painting. Riley also is an art teacher who especially enjoys painting in Italy and France. 

Sculpture and Mixed Media

The rustic beauty of Jack Durnford’s mixed media canvases will add interest and surprise to blank walls. He uses natural colors of cream, gray, blue and gold to create multifaceted, abstract works of art. Steve Snyder’s amazing bronze and steel sculptures capture emotions and the state of the soul. Fear, joy and pain are expressed in his graceful sculptures; the emotion of each piece is captured in the body language of his metal figures. Lorra Lee Rose creates visually stunning artworks using brilliant naturally colored feathers to make life-size human figures and masks, as well as smaller pieces featuring crystals in addition to feathers. Her work has a mythic, fantastic quality, evoking a sense of belonging to another time and place, while still being intensely vivid and present.

Aaron Bezdek and Penny Tate handblown glass
Aaron Bezdek and Penny Tate handblown glass

Tina Gleave hand painted silk
Tina Gleave hand painted silk

Functional Art

Check out David Wertheimer’s natural hardwoods fashioned into high quality, unique home decor with a fun sense of style combining mid-century modern and steampunk. All the work, locally handcrafted by the artist, can be customized to meet your needs. Jon Price is a third-generation potter. In fact, he started throwing on the potter’s wheel and making his own glazes when he was only 10! Today, he sells exquisite crystalline-glazed ceramic vases in a variety of vibrant colors. From robin’s egg blue to peridot green–and everything in between – Aaron, Penny and Tate Bezdek sell sparkling hand-blown glasses, olive oil bottles and ornaments. Their unique items add interest to kitchen counters and decorative spaces while reflecting light and color.

Wearable Art

Tina Gleave’s gorgeous silk scarves will dress up any outfit–even a T-shirt and jeans! Her pretty patterns include peonies, orchids, Monarch butterflies, California poppies and cherry blossoms. A soft leather handbag by Galit Perez will take you through the seasons while keeping you organized. Inspired by her Spanish roots, Perez makes stylish leather and suede bags in a variety of sizes and splashy colors including rust, camel, red, black, tan, orange and antique pink. In today’s busy world, why not pick up a whimsical T-shirt with the simple word, “Breathe?” Jodi Mullen and Oscar Bevilacqua sell organic clothing with more than 300 hand-painted, linoleum block printed designs. They are proud to support the local economy by providing jobs and working with likeminded businesses. 

For a complete list of Pacific Fine Arts Festivals exhibiting artists by name, medium and space # for this festival, visit https://pacificfinearts.com/menlo-summerfest/

Menlo Summer Fest

Hot Fun in the Summertime
July 21-22, 2018 10am to 6pm
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA