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, August 31 – September 1 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 the extraordinary artists who do the work.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Sonoma County artists Candace Bailey, Brian Bailey and Rachael Brogdon recycle wine barrels to make durable wooden trays and hat racks. They also repurpose wine bottles to make bird feeders and lighting vessels, and vintage labels to make trivets and coasters. Using gorgeous slate from South India, North Africa and California, Dean Shapiro builds beautiful vases and soothing fountains. He sands, coats and seals each remarkable piece. Gene Gracey is passionate about outdoor photography. She combines her incredible photos with slate, various woods and sandstone to make keepsake boxes, wall hangings and coasters. Her customers can select vibrant images of San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, animals, flowers, lighthouses, barns and vineyards.
Lalima Srivastava’s paintings are bursting with color. She was inspired to become an artist when she was exposed to Indian folk art through her former job as a social worker. In 2013, she decided to pursue her dream of creating art in the Madhubani and Warli styles, which incorporate vibrant colors and the intricate use of lines. Photographer Frederico Domondon is inspired by his love of travel. His work celebrates the uniqueness of the world’s major cities–the colorful backdrops of Paris and Milan, the nonstop energy of London and New York, and the foggy magnificence his hometown, San Francisco. “I am especially delighted when someone looks at one of my photographs and points out something about it that I, myself, have never noticed,” he said. At first glance, Locke Heemstra’s European photographs are often mistaken for oil paintings. A state-of-the-art digital printer sprays millions of drops of ink per square inch onto the canvas, which results in rich colors, crisp contrasts and razor-sharp details. Giclée printing on canvas transforms each photo into an extraordinary fine art piece.
Pat Moran wine barrel firepit with copper table
Micki Wong-Sislow Izzy Jewel Box
Scott Clarkson Kitchen Holders
There’s nothing more relaxing than having a glass of wine next to a crackling fire. Spark some intelligent conversation outdoors with a fire pit by Patrick Moran. He and his family design rustic fire pits made from oak wine barrels, sturdy metals and shimmering glass. Keep your jewelry organized with a stylish, wall-mounted jewelry box by Micki Wong-Sislow. Her Izzy Jewel Box made Oprah Magazine’s “O List,” and the clever designs will keep your precious gems tangle-free. There are three box sizes, which are lined with Japanese-patterned papers and raffia weave. While cooking one night, Scott Clarkson wondered where to put the hot, messy lid dripping from his pot. The skilled potter solved his dilemma by creating the Lid Holder, which will accent your kitchen décor and keep your counters clean.
As a young girl, Candace Feldman often left the house wearing one outfit and returned in something completely different after cutting off her sleeves and pinning elements of nature on her shirts. Today, she creates brilliant jewelry using natural gemstones, Swarovski crystals, millefiore glass and freshwater pearls. Stop by the Fair Trade Wear booth to purchase colorful ponchos, silky wraps and pashminas made by artisans in third world countries. In some cases, purchases directly help women and children by setting them free from the human trafficking business. Travels to South America inspired Pedro Castro to become a jeweler. “I met people who earned a living by making ornamental bracelets, necklaces and earrings,” he recounted. “It was inspiring to see other travelers using modest materials and simple techniques while enjoying life.” Pedro learned the art of brass etching, and later incorporated sterling silver and semiprecious stones into his sparkling necklaces, earrings and bracelets.