Paso Robles Festival of the Arts, Main Event in the Park, 2012, Part 1

Children build sand castle at Paso Robles Festival of the Arts, 2012

Children build sand castle at Paso Robles Festival of the Arts, 2012

I’m home from a very busy art festival. I’ve taken about 100 short videos, and over 100 photos. I have only processed a few photos to share with you now. In this post I will concentrate on two very different activities — the activities for children and the sculpture exhibits. ┬áThe picture above combines both, and as I watched the children working enthusiastically on this sand castle, I thought it was the best activity I’ve seen at the festival for children in three years. I hope they keep it. I could only wish, as I saw all the art experiences available to children, that such a festival had been in Ventura County when our family lived there. How fortunate the Central Coast is to be able to give the children all these opportunities to explore their creativity. Here are some of the other children’s activities that were available.

Public Mural Project, Paso Robles Festival of the Arts 2012

Public Mural Project, Paso Robles Festival of the Arts 2012

 

Proud Daddy Takes Picture of Daughter's Newly Painted Face

Proud Daddy Takes Picture of Daughter's Newly Painted Face

 

Children Make Stained Glass Art

Children Make Stained Glass Art

 

Children Create Blow Art

Children Create Blow Art

 

Wading Pools? No, Rose Petal Pools. But they waded in rose petals.

Wading Pools? No, Rose Petal Pools. But they waded in rose petals.

 

Next we will visit the sculptors. The Central Coast Sculptors Group shared a double booth to exhibit their work this year, and it was a first for them. There were five of the sculptors I found exhibiting their work as part of the group. I will share photos of some of their work below. I will be expanding on this in a separate article, complete with videos as soon as I have time, but I wanted to get something out to you before I retire tonight. Here’s a bit of what I saw:

Michael Reddell's Small Figure Sculptures on Glass

Michael Reddell's Small Figure Sculptures on Glass

You can find Michael Reddell at his blog.

Larry Le Brane's Fused Glass Work

Larry Le Brane's Fused Glass Work

You can find Larry Le Brane at his website.

 

More Sculpture and Fused Glass by Larry Le Brane

More Sculpture and Fused Glass by Larry Le Brane

 

Lucie Ryan's Mood Pieces

Lucie Ryan's Mood Pieces

Here’s the link to Lucie Ryan’s website.

"Prometheus" by George Jercich

"Prometheus" by George Jercich

Find George Jercich at his blog.

Sculptures by Bart Kerwin

Sculptures by Bart Kerwin

Learn more about Bart and his work at Bart’s World Website

More Sculptures by Bart Kerwin

More Sculptures by Bart Kerwin

 

As I walked around the other booths, I discovered a few more sculptors not exhibiting with the Central Coast Sculptors Group. One of these was Vel Miller, who specializes in Western Art. Here are some of my favorites she had in her booth. You can see more of Vel’s work at her website, Vel Miller.com

Vel Miller's Ronald Reagan Sculpture "Our American Legacy"

Vel Miller's Ronald Reagan Sculpture "Our American Legacy"

 

One of Vel Miller's Sculptures of Native American Women

One of Vel Miller's Sculptures of Native American Women

 

Vel Miller's "Double Trouble

Vel Miller's "Double Trouble

 

The last bit of sculpture I had time to see was that of Ojai artist Robert Roemisch. The large circle you see is his “Circle of Life,” which is a river-inspired environmental sculpture commissioned by the REC Foundation. Technically, it was part of the Environmental exhibit section, but art is art and sculpture is sculpture. We will end with his work today. Watch for more on the Festival of the Arts as my time permits. And remember, you’ve got until June 2 to see the Phantom 2 Show in the old A&R Furniture Building on 12th and Pine in Paso Robles. It’s only open on Sunday, Friday, and next Saturday. Then, like any phantom, it will vanish.

Robert Roemisch's River Art Sculpture

Robert Roemisch's River Art Sculpture