West Portal’s 25th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show takes place in the heart of one of San Francisco’s well-known neighborhoods: bustling with activity, quaint retail stores, restaurants, bookshops and coffeehouses. The three-day event runs Friday - Sunday, April 12-14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on West Portal Avenue between 15th and Ulloa.
Local residents and tourists alike flock to admire the works of more than 40 artists displaying everything from photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and much more. The show is free to the public and sponsored by the West Portal Avenue Association.
Among the featured artists at this year’s show:
Laura Blacona & Alberto Toscano
Studio: San Francisco
Medium: Polymer clay
Their Art: Paintings, Light switch plates and salt and pepper shakers
Creative Process: Laura and Alberto have been producing beautiful art pieces since 1994. Laura Blaconá paints with watercolor crayons and inks on paper. She feels a great affinity to natural themes and strives to express the importance of protecting nature. Alberto Toscano paints with polymer clay. Alberto’s creations are based on a process of Venetian Glassmaking called Millefiori, which in Italian means "a thousand flowers." Instead of glass, Alberto uses polymer clay, which allows him to create more intricate and detailed work. Using the Millefiori technique, and creating his very own color palette, he produces unique and innovative works of art.
Studio: San Francisco
Medium: Anodized aluminum, sterling silver, gold, copper and brass
Her Art: Jewelry
Creative Process: “My jewelry is influenced by the multiple layers and the melding of colors evident in the landscape that surrounds us. I recreate this in my work by layering a variety of metallic shapes, colors and textures in my jewelry. Using anodized aluminum, sterling silver, gold, copper, and brass in my San Francisco studio I fasten and solder hand-cut shapes to create sensual, sculptural earrings, pins, and necklaces. Color is everywhere in my world and influences my design esthetic, along with architecture, Art Deco and an understated and clean contemporary look.”
Studio: San Mateo
His Art: Photos of Europe
Creative Process: Locke’s early images focused on the natural wonders of the United States, from the rich fall foliage of New England to the vivid blues and greens of the California coast. In time, he began to concentrate on natural and manmade settings lush with color. Next, he decided to combine his love of European culture with his new approach to color. Today, Locke travels to Europe at least three times a year, always searching for that special image that will give the viewer a sense of place. His decision to begin printing his images on canvas further enhances their Old World charm.
For more information about the West Portal Avenue Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fair contact the West Portal Avenue Association at (415) 566-3500 or Pacific Fine Arts Festivals at (209) 267-4394 or visit http://www.pacificfinearts.com
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