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Mountain View Voice

- May 13, 2011

Meet the artists and craftspeople

Mountain View's Castro Street will be transformed into a stunning gallery of fine art and one-of-a-kind crafts during A La Carte & Art, May 21-22. Meet more than 200 of the west coast's top artists and craftmakers and stroll among well-stocked booths filled with dazzling, one-of-a-kind jewelry, wood carvings, silk clothing, watercolor landscapes, shimmering glass vessels, leather goods, functional ceramics, breathtaking photography, metal sculpture, original jazz music and much more at Mountain View's popular springtime festival of the arts.

The festival will feature not only established, veteran artisans, but also a collection of emerging, up-and-coming artists as well.

"People enjoy coming back year after year to see their favorite artists, but they also want to see something new and fresh," said Dana Hale-Mounier of Pacific Fine Arts, the festival's arts and crafts curator.

Some of these new offerings include the charming nature photography of Roger Bauchspies, acrylic paintings by Deepali Gosain, and beautiful fused glass plates and jewelry by Lynn Holman.

Fine Art

With more than 30 years of experience in photography, Craig Lovell has captured the world through the lens of his camera. His portfolio includes breathtaking landscapes, majestic mountains, and intimate portraits of people from across the globe. Philippine born artist Frederico de Leon Domondon has transformed himself from accountant to artist with his beautiful acrylic paintings. Inspired by Monet and Matisse, his work portrays quaint cafes, gardens, landscapes and still lifes in the Impressionistic style. Karen LeGault's bold paintings are deeply rooted in both Western realism and Taoist philosophy. She works primarily in Chinese brush painting, a medium in which absorbent rice paper is used with sumi-ink and watercolors, creating lush landscapes, still lifes, florals and fish ponds.

Sculpture and Mixed Media

Ancient Hands features museum-quality reproductions, replicas and creative interpretations of some of the finest examples of pre-Columbian artifacts from the Southeastern United States. This talented collective of artists creates an array of wall hangings, vessels, and musical instruments in the traditional style out of ceramics and wood. After a successful 15-year career in stained and art glass windows, Gigi Erickson fell in love with hot glass. She now creates beautiful blown glass pumpkins, eggs, ornaments, bowls and vases that are sought by discriminating collectors throughout the United States. Karen Hale's abstract canvases have been called dynamic and exciting but they also involve subtle nuances of color and meaning. Hale constructs her paintings with layers of color and texture, incorporating found objects, fabric, thread, and metallic leafing. Amber and Marty Jones create beautiful mobiles, wall hangings and garden art using salvaged copper, steel and bronze with vintage beads, jewelry and other found treasures.

Functional Art

San Jose artists Richard and Mary Blackturn sustainably harvested wood into masterpieces that are as beautiful as they are useful. From pepper mills to pens, canes to intricate jewelry boxes, each piece is made to be passed down and enjoyed by many generations. Learn and Play offers a delightful array of fabric books, toys and baby gifts for kids from 6 months to 6 years old. Each design is hand made by this mother/daughter team with lots of fun colors, shapes, letters, zippers and ties to keep little hands and minds busy. Pat Mason started making handcrafted wooden cribbage boards more than 24 years ago for fun. People liked them so much his hobby quickly became his business. His specialty is wooden banks and safes made with real Post Office box

doors.

Wearable Art

Frances Casey offers a unique line of handcrafted jewelry created with Victorian Era buttons embellished with vintage and modern glass beads, semi-precious gemstones and pearls. She visits collectors across the United States and Europe to find the right buttons for her one-of-a-kind pieces. With more than 25 years in the business, Jonathan Kates, also known as "Tie Dye Jon", has a shirt for people of all ages, sizes and political preferences. Kates carefully chooses colors and patterns that blend beautifully together. No two shirts are exactly the same. Kayoko Tachibana captures the spirit of Japan in her breathtaking jewelry. The artist combines Yuzen-shi — fine Japanese rice paper — with metal and semi-precious stones to create her timeless pieces. Jill Pillot transforms "rescued" clothing that might otherwise end up in the trash into modern and well-designed outfits.

Each garment is different in its own way — a one-of-a-kind wearable art made just for you, without harming the environment.

Meet the artists and craftspeople

Mountain View's Castro Street will be transformed into a stunning gallery of fine art and one-of-a-kind crafts during A La Carte & Art, May 21-22. Meet more than 200 of the west coast's top artists and craftmakers and stroll among well-stocked booths filled with dazzling, one-of-a-kind jewelry, wood carvings, silk clothing, watercolor landscapes, shimmering glass vessels, leather goods, functional ceramics, breathtaking photography, metal sculpture, original jazz music and much more at Mountain View's popular springtime festival of the arts.

The festival will feature not only established, veteran artisans, but also a collection of emerging, up-and-coming artists as well.

"People enjoy coming back year after year to see their favorite artists, but they also want to see something new and fresh," said Dana Hale-Mounier of Pacific Fine Arts, the festival's arts and crafts curator.

Some of these new offerings include the charming nature photography of Roger Bauchspies, acrylic paintings by Deepali Gosain, and beautiful fused glass plates and jewelry by Lynn Holman.

Fine Art

With more than 30 years of experience in photography, Craig Lovell has captured the world through the lens of his camera. His portfolio includes breathtaking landscapes, majestic mountains, and intimate portraits of people from across the globe. Philippine born artist Frederico de Leon Domondon has transformed himself from accountant to artist with his beautiful acrylic paintings. Inspired by Monet and Matisse, his work portrays quaint cafes, gardens, landscapes and still lifes in the Impressionistic style. Karen LeGault's bold paintings are deeply rooted in both Western realism and Taoist philosophy. She works primarily in Chinese brush painting, a medium in which absorbent rice paper is used with sumi-ink and watercolors, creating lush landscapes, still lifes, florals and fish ponds.

Sculpture and Mixed Media

Ancient Hands features museum-quality reproductions, replicas and creative interpretations of some of the finest examples of pre-Columbian artifacts from the Southeastern United States. This talented collective of artists creates an array of wall hangings, vessels, and musical instruments in the traditional style out of ceramics and wood. After a successful 15-year career in stained and art glass windows, Gigi Erickson fell in love with hot glass. She now creates beautiful blown glass pumpkins, eggs, ornaments, bowls and vases that are sought by discriminating collectors throughout the United States. Karen Hale's abstract canvases have been called dynamic and exciting but they also involve subtle nuances of color and meaning. Hale constructs her paintings with layers of color and texture, incorporating found objects, fabric, thread, and metallic leafing. Amber and Marty Jones create beautiful mobiles, wall hangings and garden art using salvaged copper, steel and bronze with vintage beads, jewelry and other found treasures.

Functional Art

San Jose artists Richard and Mary Blackturn sustainably harvested wood into masterpieces that are as beautiful as they are useful. From pepper mills to pens, canes to intricate jewelry boxes, each piece is made to be passed down and enjoyed by many generations. Learn and Play offers a delightful array of fabric books, toys and baby gifts for kids from 6 months to 6 years old. Each design is hand made by this mother/daughter team with lots of fun colors, shapes, letters, zippers and ties to keep little hands and minds busy. Pat Mason started making handcrafted wooden cribbage boards more than 24 years ago for fun. People liked them so much his hobby quickly became his business. His specialty is wooden banks and safes made with real Post Office box doors.

Wearable Art

Frances Casey offers a unique line of handcrafted jewelry created with Victorian Era buttons embellished with vintage and modern glass beads, semi-precious gemstones and pearls. She visits collectors across the United States and Europe to find the right buttons for her one-of-a-kind pieces. With more than 25 years in the business, Jonathan Kates, also known as "Tie Dye Jon", has a shirt for people of all ages, sizes and political preferences. Kates carefully chooses colors and patterns that blend beautifully together. No two shirts are exactly the same. Kayoko Tachibana captures the spirit of Japan in her breathtaking jewelry. The artist combines Yuzen-shi — fine Japanese rice paper - with metal and semi-precious stones to create her timeless pieces. Jill Pillot transforms "rescued" clothing that might otherwise end up in the trash into modern and well-designed outfits. Each garment is different in its own way — a one-of-a-kind wearable art made just for you, without harming the environment.

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