West Portal’s 27th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair 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 10-12 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 is presented by the West Portal Avenue Association. Among the featured artists at this year’s show:
Studio: San Francisco
Medium: Mixed Media
Art: Drawing inspiration from the beautiful San Francisco Bay, Jennifer creates whimsical collage and screen print art.
Creative Process: Jennifer’s collage work incorporates media from variety of paper materials, including wallpaper, old ticket stubs, Muni and BART passes, maps, newsprint, rice paper, and vintage magazines. Vibrant offbeat fabrics are also found in her collages, some of which are repurposed clothes. Her screen print work is created from her photography. She prints on fabric and/or wallpaper and mounts each print to a wood panel. She describes her approach to design as textural, colorful, resourceful, imperfect, and eclectic.
Studio: San Francisco
Creative Process: Since the 1980s, John has made glass jewelry, including cufflinks for men, by creating bright and reflective, almost neon color on fused glass with oxidizing metals, which he kiln fires. John creates all of his work from start to finish. He begins the process by cutting, sanding, drilling and kiln-firing multi-colored pieces of glass and then crafts them into earrings, pendants, rings, necklaces and bracelets. "The method that I use to create my jewelry results in a unique set of work exhibiting a luminescent quality that glistens and glows as you move it," said John.
Studio: San Mateo
Medium: Giclée photographic prints, which are individually produced, high-resolution prints made using a sophisticated wide format inkjet printer technology.
Art: Locke’s photographic images are printed on large canvas, then cut to size and stretched over 1-1/4" stretcher bars. The 1-1/4 inch edges of the photographic canvases have a unique artistic appearance as the image continues to fold around the sides to the back, eliminating the need for frames or glass.
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. The public’s enthusiastic response to the vibrant colors in his work convinced Locke he was on the right path. 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.
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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