Our 35th Annual Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival!

The streets of Montclair are alive with fine art and artists, during our 35th Annual Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival this weekend.  You’ll discover nearly 90 exhibitors hanging out on Mountain, La Salle and Antioch with their creations.

This juried festival is proudly hosted by the Montclair Village Association every year.  Artists hail from California and other Western states, and represent media including oils, acrylics, etchings, glass, wood, stone…you name it.

Paintings in this festival draw heavily on geometrics and beautiful scenery.  For the most part, the artists seem to be living in more calming and zen modes.  Here are two artists displaying their works, Terry Steinke and Karen LeGault:

There are also many sculptures and objets d’art made from natural materials. You will see metal and wood pieces, of course. We also admire the more unusual stone and glass items, from exhibitor-artists Ted Kugleman and Christopher Roscoe:

Beware, you might end up with some new artwork! While this festival isn’t for bargain hunters, you’ll likely discover art or objets d’art that cost in the hundreds – and won’t land you in the poorhouse.

In past years, we first cased the streets and then stopped to chat with artists whose pieces we coveted.  Your approach may vary, depending on how much time you wander through the Village.  Montclair’s Arts Festival runs all weekend, including Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (10am-5pm).

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Fine Art Returns To Montclair Village, This Weekend

The 34th Annual Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival is returning to Montclair Village this weekend, when our sidewalks come alive!  Stroll along Mountain, La Salle and Antioch to appreciate the artwork or acquire a treasure.

More than 90 professional artists from across the western US arrive here, after getting selected for this juried festival.  What we like best is the scale of the event, because it’s possible to meet the artists and learn what makes them tick.

You can expect a variety of painters, sculptors and jewelry makers in our nabe.  Below are some artists we discovered before, to whet your appetite for this year’s three-day show.

The sculptor, James Moore, hails from San Rafael.  He exhibited in Montclair last year, right in front of Le Bon Bon.  Moore’s pieces are all about guys who are unbalanced – or are balancing things.  Many of the sculptures are massive, and I want all of them.

Painter Kelvin Curry is from Oakland.  I think this piece above is elegant, don’t you?  You can see a video interview with Kelvin, who was inspired by his grandmother to become an artist.  He also likes to work in series, trying certain things over and over.

Jeweler Sica Roman wants to “create wearable art that can be recognized as symbols of our interconnectedness.”  This isn’t a piece you are likely to see everywhere, and I think it contains an evil eye and a serpent, hhmm.

We treat the Montclair Village Festival as a gallery or museum-quality stroll, and usually plan on spending a few hours wandering our streets.  This free exhibit is one of the highlights of living in the hills, where strollers are lucky to see the good stuff up close.  We also like to stand back and watch how other folks react to the art!

More info: Our 2009 festival takes place from June 26th – 28th. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are 10am – 6pm. On Sunday, the hours are 10am – 5pm.  It’s presented this year by the Montclair Village Association and Bay Area Newsgroup.

Montclair’s Streets Filled With Fine Art

Make a special trip to Montclair Village this weekend, for your art fix.

The 33rd Annual Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival is returning to all the sidewalks, streets, nooks and crannies.  The festival runs through Sunday, between 10am-5pm daily.

Usually free summer festivals have a lot of junky stuff.  Montclair’s festival is juried by Pacific Fine Arts, who hand-selects 90 artists and seems to have great taste.  To whet your appetite, below are a few pieces by exhibitors.

The sculptor, James Moore, hails from San Rafael. He exhibited in Montclair last year, right in front of Le Bon Bon. Moore’s pieces are all about guys who are unbalanced – or are balancing things. Many of the sculptures are massive, and I want all of them.

Painter Kelvin Curry is from Oakland.  I think this piece above is elegant, don’t you?  You can see a video interview with Kelvin, who was inspired by his grandmother to become an artist.  He also likes to work in series, trying certain things over and over.

Jeweler Sica Roman wants to “create wearable art that can be recognized as symbols of our interconnectedness.”  This isn’t a piece you are likely to see everywhere, and I think it contains an evil eye and a serpent, hhmm.

I’m sure ALL these pieces are out of my price range, but I still like to gaze at the beautiful artwork anyway.  It usually takes me a few hours to stroll the street museum.  Like any museum, you may “hit the wall” because there’s too much to see.