Exceptional Artists Showcase Their Latest Handcrafted Wares
Gorgeous jewelry, boutique-quality fashions, shimmering glass vessels, recycled metal work, whimsical sculptures, hand-carved woodwork, beautiful quilts, dramatic photography, fine art paintings –– you’ll find all of this and more at the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, September 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Broadway. It’s an art lovers delight with 250 of the west coast’s finest artists and craftsmakers setting up shop every Labor Day weekend for a fabulous al fresco show. Enjoy a lovely sun-splashed weekend browsing and strolling among colorful, well-stocked booths and meet extraordinary artists showcasing their latest work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts.
Natalia Polyakova photography
Jen Rose illustration "California Bear"
Locke Heemstra photograph "Baker Beach"
Photographers Natalia Polyakova and Andrey Grinkevich capture images of San Francisco, New York and the United Kingdom. Their angular photos have depth and a 3-D effect. Each photograph is carefully mounted on sturdy gator foam, which is lighter and stronger than a regular foam board. Other subjects include rare animals, tropical flowers and soothing coastal scenes. San Francisco art teacher Jen Rose’s popular animal illustrations and custom pet portraits address important social issues. A love for the simplification of form, paired with a bright and vibrant pattern, makes Jen’s work unique. What do a vintage bicycle outside an Irish pub and a distressed blue door in the South of France have in common? They are the subjects of Locke Heemstra’s extraordinary old-world photography. At first glance, Locke’s photographs often are mistaken for oil paintings. Giclée printing on canvas transforms his incredible photos into remarkable works of art. A state-of-the-art digital printer sprays millions of drops of ink per square inch onto each canvas, which results in rich colors, crisp contrasts and razor-sharp details. Take a soothing time out with a CD by Ancient Winds musicians. The group plays traditional and contemporary folk music of the Andes mountain region, which includes the countries of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Ancient Winds is a family group led by Jose Cabezas. The family travels all over the country to share their music and sell handmade wooden flutes.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Dean Shapiro slate water fountain
Steven Albaranes morpho butterfly display
Micki Wong Sislow "Izzy Jewel Box"
Mod Kham womens apparel
Brenden Oshima graphic apparel
Judy Brandon jewelry
Dean Shapiro builds beautiful fountains, oil lamps and vases from natural stone. He uses gorgeous slate from California, Africa, India and China. Each one-of-a-kind piece is refined through an artistic process of sanding, coating and sealing. Jack and Mai Nguyen from Metal Souls will showcase interesting sculptures made from recycled metal. Themes include science fiction, insects and sports. The artists scour industrial auctions for various kinds of metal, transmission gear and spark plugs. Butterflies signify change and are vivid reminders of life’s ever-changing paths. Steven Albaranes is fascinated by exotic butterflies. Working with commercial breeding farms that sell to museums around the world, Steven creates colorful wall displays after the butterflies have completed their natural three-week life spans. Micki Wong-Sislow’s Izzy Jewel Box was selected by Oprah Magazine for the “O LIST” in March of 2011. Keep your jewelry tangle free, dust free and well organized. There are three box sizes to choose from, and they feature 15 different background patterns and hinged glass doors.
Mod Kham was born in in Thailand. She knew at an early age that she wanted to be a fashion designer and learned to sew by the time she was 9. The little girl who once sold clothing for dolls is now an accomplished clothing designer with a wide array of stylish fashions made from sensuous fabrics. She is known for her impeccable tailoring. “Women come in all shapes and sizes,” Mod said. “My designs accentuate the shape and curves of a woman while still remaining elegant. I want women to feel confident and comfortable so that their inner beauty can shine through.” Remember those popular TV shows from the ‘80s and ‘90s? Brenden Oshima is a trained illustrator, animator and graphic artist. His graphic illustrations are influenced by some of his favorite TV shows of all time. Check out Brenden’s ultra-cool T-shirts, tank tops and tote bags–they are sure to spark some nostalgic conversations. Swati Shah was introduced to henna art by her mother. She enjoys sharing her creative designs with her customers and friends, especially for special occasions. The artist specializes in Indian, Arabic and Indo-Arabic style Mehendi designs. Her henna paste is made from 100 percent natural henna powder, tamarind juice, lemon juice and essential oils. With the holidays just around the corner, visit Julie Brandon for elegant jewelry made from precious and semi-precious gemstones set in sterling silver and 14k gold-fill. Her whimsical collection includes sparkling gemstones, moons and stars, shimmering starfish and tranquil turquoise creations.
Jazz up your kitchen with an apron and accessories by Jan Selby. She uses retro and vintage fabrics featuring 1950s diner images, superheroes, delicate flowers, and rustic wine country themes. In addition to her fabulous aprons, Jan makes useful pot holders, wine coasters, bibs and reusable grocery bags. Looking for an unusual gift? Alison Klippel creates preserved jellyfish paperweights that glow in the dark and keep desks organized. She has raised jellyfish in sophisticated saltwater tanks for more than 20 years. When the jellyfish complete their lifespans, Alison uses a clay mold to preserve them. Perfect for the nature enthusiast on your list! To ease the back-to-school transition in your home, purchase a unique wooden coat rack from Martha Rogers. Her racks come in all sorts of colors and are decorated with imaginative scenes. They will keep your backpacks and coats organized–imagine stress-free school mornings! Freehand artist Laura Mitchell sells hand-painted wine glasses, ornaments, salt and pepper shakers and vases. She decorates her glassware with fruit and flowers, and she enjoys attending the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival because “the show is fun, it’s a creative outlet and I really enjoy meeting all the people.”