The heart of West Portal is a shopping district three blocks long filled with all the ingredients of a small town: restaurants, a movie theater, bookstore, pubs and Mom and Pop shops. The weekend of April 8-10, this charming district will add to its appeal by hosting the West Portal Sidewalk Fine Arts & Crafts Fair.
Now in its 28th year, the three-day boutique event runs Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on West Portal Avenue between 15th and Ulloa featuring the works of more than 30 artists displaying photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and much more. The event presents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of West Portal, to meet artists one-on-one and discover a handcrafted treasure that calls to you. The show is free to the public and is presented by the West Portal Avenue Association.
Cindy Ayala’s clothing and accessories are handcrafted from 90% recycled materials and re-imagined into beautiful contemporary/retro fusion designs. She loves combining textures and colors into glorious pieces of wearable art that are eco-friendly, professionally constructed and combined with a mixture of whimsy and class. Foundations of felted wool or cashmere and recycled materials are deconstructed and redesigned then embellished using handmade appliques, collages of novelty thread, fibers and semiprecious stones. Many of Cindy’s fabric surfaces are created using stippling, freeform embroidery and other fabric manipulation techniques. She creates some of her fabrics from patch-working different pieces of recycled clothing together and then added to her designs.
Jeannine Komush started creating beadwork pieces eight years ago and has slowly transitioned into primarily cold-forged metal-work jewelry. Her pieces are rustic and elegant, imbued with a touch of magic, and perfect for everyday wear. The jewelry’s shapes are bold but simple, with hand wrought textures that lend the pieces an organic feel. Jeannine uses semi-precious stones, vintage and recycled materials such as leather, Lucite, and other ephemera, and natural elements to accent her brass and steel designs. This eclectic use of materials reflects her daily and diverse sources of inspiration. “My hope is that each new design echoes the myriad ways the urban and natural environs intersect just outside my studio door,” she says. “My desire is to continue to create pieces that feel like something you wouldn't see just anywhere, but yet can be worn just as easily with jeans as a fancy dress for a night on the town.”
Kary Stickney became interested in painting as a child while leaning over her parents’ shoulders as they painted. All of her artwork is based on real-life locations but spun with her own interpretation, an expression of her belief that art should explore the possibilities of the visual landscape. She has named her paintings Art Seeds; small masterpieces created on 4- by 4-inch box canvases that can be hung on the wall or stacked. Her slightly larger Art Seeds include 4"x12"x2" box canvases of California regional landscape, 3"x3" chicken paintings as well as gift cards. Kary’s canvas jewelry is created using small, vibrant oil paintings accented with gold and silver leaf foil, framed in beveled glass to enhance their brilliance and texture, then nestled in a silver setting.
For more information about the West Portal Sidewalk Fine Arts & 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/. You can also see more information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.