Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Day at The Festival

What a fine day we had.

As I mentioned yesterday,
there was a local Art and Wine Festival today.
The weather was perfect
and the price was right (free)
so off we went.

This was a typical small town affair,
not too big and not too small.

There were artisans aplenty.
I've never seen a spinning wheel
you operate with your feet.

I love this fused glass.

We spent quite a while
talking with this lovely lady.
She is the most incredible artist.
She carves fruit and vegetables
in the most intricate patterns,
turning every day food into something sublime.
I wanted to take more pictures,
but since she also sells photographs of her work,
I didn't feel it was appropriate.
She agreed to me taking this shot,
but if you'd like to see her work in detail,
I suggest you go to her website here.
In case you can't tell,
that's a watermelon in front of her
(click to enlarge).
Beautiful work!

This next artist creates
the best polymer clay work I've ever seen.
If you're not familiar with this art form,
you can read about it here.
This kind of control takes years to master.
I may have to go back and get this doggy pin
for my pin wall in Cholula Red.

Here are some of her earrings.
These I would also like!
They remind me of fuchsias,
but she calls them Fairy Wings.

If you paid any attention
to the recent Royal Wedding,
you must be aware of the newest hat craze.
They're called fascinators,
and I think they're the bees knees.
Not on me, you understand,
but look at this lovely young lady
who was nice enough to model this for me.

She was kind enough to model one more.
I think she looks adorable.

Here's another artist
whose work impressed both of us.

He recreates vintage signs.
You can see more of his work here.

He uses local vintage artwork,
transfers it to metal,
ages it,
and look at the results.
I'd love to have him do a logo
for Cholula Red.

In addition to all these fine artists,
there was also food.
The artichoke capitol of the world
is nearby in Castroville.
They're often represented at local events.
If you've never had a deep fried artichoke heart,
you really haven't lived.

The local dog population was also in attendance.
This little guy was willing to challenge
anyone in his path.
Fortunately, there weren't any takers.
This big guy seemed completely flummoxed.

Remember I said there would be circus performers?
There were only these two that I saw,
but they were pretty entertaining.
I LOVE that I got a shot of their pins in the air.
Thank You Canon.

As we left,
I liked the way these balloons
were moving in the breeze.

Just down the street
from the Festival venue
is a Skateboard Park.
I personally think these folks are crazy,

but it makes for good photography.

On the way home, out of the car window,
I took this shot of the local covered bridge.
I keep meaning to get over there for pictures,
but for now this will have to do.

That's it for today.


Merikay said...

I recognize the work of several of the artists. All I can say is I'm glad I no longer do shows. It was such hard work setting up by myself.

Thank goodness for the internet. Now the world is my show place.

But someday I might be creating next to an RV in some park.. Just enough to help with the fuel costs a bit.

Donna K said...

That looks like a lot of fun. Some great artisans there and I loved the way you captured the flavor of the event in your photographs. Great shot of the jugglers.

Judy and Emma said...

I would have been in line to try some of those artichokes, for sure! :)

Jerry and Suzy said...

Wow! That was so much better than our visit to the Carson City Farmer's Market yesterday. Love those little fairs. Looks as if it was spread out with space to move around. That's neat. And your photography was great. Thanks for sharing!

Gypsy Boho said...

Great post. Thanks.

photowannabe said...

Looks like you had a delightful day with perfect weather. Love that doggie pin too. It looks like something you would have.
Artichokes Yummmm!!