I probably arrived this morning a bit too early, not realizing the music and wine tasting did not officially begin until noon, but I hadn’t come for either, so I wasn’t disappointed. I had expected more specifically for the children than just face painting, but what I really came to see were the artists and artisans. There were not quite as many as there were last year, but there was still a great selection of unique Mother’s Day, or any day, gifts.
While I was there, the event’s musicians were setting up and getting warmed up, testing sound equipment, and so forth, and I captured a bit of Alicia Broussard’s warm-up session while I could, since I was leaving before she really got started with the performance. She does have a web site where you can see her perform on video. You can also learn more about her and get contact information. Meanwhile, here’s the warm-up video.
Although during the morning hours it was not yet crowded, one particular booth was very crowded. That was Dan Shattuck’s booth. People were lined up to buy his unique creations from recycled flatware. He gave me permission to reproduce and post his business card, in case you missed him. He now has an Etsy shop, and you can also connect with him at the following 2011 art shows coming up soon:
- May 28-30 Morro Bay Art in the Park
- June 4 Shell Beach Art in the Park
- June 17-19 Live Oak Music Festival
- July 3 Shell Beach Art in the Park
- July 2-4 Morro Bay Art in the Park
- November 19 Atascadero Lake Pavilion Fair
- November 25-26 Country Christmas SLO Vets Hall
- December 3-4 Christmas in the Plaza SLO
- December 4 Art in the Vineyard Tolosa Winery
If you haven’t seen his work yet, you won’t want to miss it. That spider on the lower right corner, by the way, was a popular item. The wind chimes, not on the card, were also getting lots of attention. It’s amazing what this man has done with silverware people no longer wanted.
Another vendor, Rachel Tamagni, who is a reflexologist, massage therapist, and nutritional consultant, makes amazing glass art from recycled bottles. She explains her work in the video below.
If you missed this, save the date for the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts on May 28, 2011, at the Downtown City Park and Studios on the Park. You won’t see all the same people I saw today, but you will see some amazing art and the work of skilled artisans. Watch this space for a report afterward, but it’s far better to go and participate.