Festival an Art Lovers Delight
Indulge your fancy for the finest arts and crafts at the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, where you can wander among well-stocked booths displaying gorgeous, hand-made original work. The popular festival, coming up September 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Broadway, hosts 250 of the west coast’s finest artists and craftsmakers every Labor Day weekend for a stunning al fresco show. Festivalgoers will find contemporary and traditional items such as functional and decorative ceramic and glass vessels; sculpted wood and metal works; polymer clay, beaded, stone and precious metal jewelry; woven, painted silk and leather clothing and wearables; household furniture and accessories; fine art sculpture, photography, watercolor and oil paintings; and children’s toys. Enjoy a lovely sun-splashed weekend browsing and strolling among colorful, well-stocked booths and meet the extraordinary artists who do the work.
Tom Brady, Jimi Hendrix, Angelina Jolie . . . from sports stars to rock stars to famous celebrities, watercolorist Moises Biton’s vibrant paintings capture his subjects’ unique personalities. Moises, who spent most of his childhood playing sports and sketching, is known for his attention to detail and colors that pop. His paintings take more than 100 hours to complete, as he builds layers to achieve an amazing level of depth. From the colorful streets of Madrid to the gorgeous gardens of Paris to majestic views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Frederico Domondon is inspired by his love of travel. “As a photographer, I seek to capture moments in time with my audience,” he explained. “It’s a journey we take together.” Karen LeGault works primarily with watercolor paints on Asian and Western-style rag papers. She describes her style as a cross between Asian-inspired and Western realism. Her pretty still lifes, soothing landscapes and botanical flowers will add interest and color to any space. Natalia Polyakova captures nature’s magical moments in her breathtaking photographs. “Sleeping Under the Stars” illustrates a violet Milky Way shining down on the beaches of Kauai. “Land’s End” is a stunning, earthy photograph with a sunset captured at just the right time. “Tall Japanese Maple” was shot at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon.
Jennie and Sulemana Awal - West African baskets
Micki Wong Sislow "Izzy Jewel Box"
Unique Garden Designs
There’s a place for everything! Jennie and Sulemana Awal sell sturdy, colorful baskets made in West Africa. The baskets, which can be used for carrying laundry, organizing homework and displaying kitchen utensils, are made by weavers who work for the Fair Trade Federation. Each basket sold produces income for African families, wells for water, and building skills for children in need. Micki Wong-Sislow’s Izzy Jewel Box was selected by Oprah Magazine for the “O List.” Prevent tangles while keeping your jewelry organized and dust free. There are three box sizes to choose from, featuring 15 different background patterns and hinged glass doors. Ray Jungwirth brings the outdoors inside with whimsical container gardens. His easy-to-care-for succulents grow in stylish planters. Each one is made with eco-friendly, recycled materials. Ray said his arrangements improve indoor air quality and reduce stress. If you’re looking for a little bit of Provence in California, visit Deb Cassidy for gorgeous French linens. She sells placemats, table runners, tablecloths and reusable bags in a variety of happy, French fabrics. Deb also sells elegant kitchen towels with images of roosters, lavender and the Eiffel Tower.
Patty Herrerra designer hat
Frances Huber wrap bracelet
Dean Shapiro slate water fountain
Alison Klippel jellyfish in resin
Shade your face from the sun with a pretty hat designed by fashionista Patty Herrera. She makes sun hats, visors, ribbon rosettes and fashion hats that will add pizazz to any outfit! Choose from a selection of vintage-inspired styles and high-quality fabrics. Vintage jewelry designer Colleen Toland is known for her beaded, floral garland necklaces and earrings. The former knitwear fashion designer has had a steady following for her delicate jewelry designs since 1985. “I am grateful I have had such a long career doing what I really enjoy–being creative and making people look beautiful,” she said. Frances Huber travels the world to find inspiration for her gorgeous wrap bracelets. She mixes rich silver and gold metals with shimmering stones. Her one-of-a-kind creations can be dressed up or dressed down to suit any occasion. When Philip Rowntree couldn’t find cool clothes for his little boy, he started his own Young Punks clothing line. His unique T-shirts burst with celebrity icons and creative messages with a rock star edge.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Dean Shapiro builds tranquil fountains and vases from natural stone. Each rugged piece is refined through an artistic process of sanding, coating and sealing. Dean builds his sculptures using beautiful slate from California, Africa, India and China. Add some rustic charm to your front porch with an autumnal sculpture by Mike Seniff. Topiaries are easy to take care of, and they make wonderful gifts. Mike uses rosemary, Japanese boxwoods and dwarf myrtles to create interesting topiaries in a variety shapes and sizes. Choose from traditional spheres and hearts to teddy bears and other animal shapes. Searching for an unusual gift? How about a shimmering, jellyfish paperweight? Allison Klippel uses a cruelty-free process called bio-luminescence after the jellyfish die naturally. They are frozen in liquid nitrogen and preserved in glass. Incandescent lighting causes the jellyfish to glow in the dark in a blue-green hue. Gila Sagy creates vibrant, glass photo holders. She also makes beautiful wine bottle cheese platters by firing and flattening real wine bottles in a kiln. “The many colors and textures of glass makes fusing so fascinating,” the artist said. “Nothing can replace the excitement of creating beautiful color combinations with glass.”