The 12th Annual Montclair Village Fine Arts and Crafts Sidewalk Festival took place this weekend, and once again the streets were filled with artists and artisans.
Twice annually, Montclair hosts art festivals on several village streets. The June show features more fine art, while this past weekend’s event includes a mix of arts and crafts.
Although the Festival is history, you don’t have to miss out. Here are some of my favorites, as well as links to many artist web sites which you can visit at your leisure.
The Artist Hines works with various pastes and paints so his abstract works have nice, rich depth. On his web site, he shows you how it’s done. Hines, who hails from Sausalito, is an art booster and serves as president of the Artists Guild of San Francisco.
Sculptor Phillip Glashoff makes whimsical sculptures, using old junk that’s soldered together. Everything he displayed on our streets made me smile, similar to what’s shown in this gallery. Many of the Glashoff works were over seven feet tall, and perfect for a large space.
Today I spent time chatting with Neal Geisler, who finds wood pieces and transforms them into sculptures. You have to visit this online gallery, filled with interesting results. I really want the piece called “life,” which was also at the show.
While this just looks like an nice wood rocker, what’s special is that Jim Simons handcrafts them from old winery vats. He brought a full display of fine-looking redwood tables and chairs to the show, that were comfortable to boot.
Well, there are too many festival artists to showcase here! Please link to these other artists, who caught my eye and seemed pretty special as well:
- Michelle MacKenzie has been painting for decades, and her abstract acrylics and collages are very classy mixed pieces.
- Laura Blacona makes clay pieces that are actually affordable, in the form of shakers and light switches. These Miro-like designs are great, and I bought a few today.
- Chris Efstratis is a potter who makes unique vases and slightly odd-looking clay heads. He’s inspired by the Easter Island heads, gone awry.
- Kelly Morgen creates one-of-a-kind medallions inspired by fairy tales and myths. These are miniature artworks, like the Greek Goddess Daphne.
What’s most heartening about the Montclair festival? Just hanging out with the artists and listening to them share their creative muses and stories. It’s a very relaxed way to appreciate who’s out there.
I asked some of the exhibitors about booth traffic, and they reported things were quieter than in the past due to the rainy weather early yesterday. A few also felt our current economic times impacted their sales.
Of course, more than a few artists were happy the art show season’s wrapping up – and they can get back to their real work.