Bob and Mary Halpin tile art
John Harden woodworking
Eri Sugimoto ceramics
Jonathan Henry photography
Elisabeth Sullivan painting "Jay Walkers"
All original work in jewelry, fine art paintings, sculpture, wood, ceramics, photography, fashions and accessories, glass, leather and mixed media — festivalgoers will find all of this and more at A La Carte & Art, May 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. Enjoy a lovely spring weekend strolling among well-stocked booths and meeting more than 200 world-class artists and craftmakers at Mountain View’s popular springtime festival of the arts.
“All of the artists we’re showcasing will be on-site so that festival-goers can meet and engage with the creative minds behind the original work being offered,” said Dana Hale-Mounier, Director of Pacific Fine Arts Festivals.
Festivalgoers will be able to see the arts and crafts up-close. Unlike an online shopping experience, they will have an opportunity to engage with the artisans and find wonderful art to bring home or give as treasured gifts. In addition to their works being a feast for the eyes and soul, each artist has an interesting background and story to tell. This event is the perfect way to spend a weekend enjoying a variety of entertainment for the whole family, including an opportunity to be inspired by the artisans’ creativity and passion.
Mary and Bob Halpin create vibrant, custom-designed wall tiles. They also sell functional tile trivets, address tiles, memorial tiles and business signs that are enhanced with whimsical designs. “We start with a commercial tile, paint the design on with glaze, fire it in the kiln and finish it with a copper frame,” Mary explained. “Each piece is ready to hang with a copper hook and four felt footies. Woodworker John Harden remembers building boats as a child to float in puddles in the Pacific Northwest. He soon moved on to cutting boards and coatracks. He later became a carpenter who worked on custom homes, building staircases, bookcases and custom mantles. While recovering from an accident a few years ago, John returned to his first love – handcrafted furniture, bowls, trays and clocks. Eri Sugamoto makes beautiful teapots, cups, bowls and vases that are organic and functional. The techniques of asymmetry and dynamic composition in her pottery were inspired by her days as an art history student studying Japanese Middle Ages art on folding screens, illustrated scrolls and ink paintings.
A lonely bike on a sidewalk in Florence. A single red boat floating in Amsterdam. An enigmatic guitarist in Portugal. Photographer Jonathan Henry finds the extraordinary in simple, everyday moments. He travels the world to snap captivating photos of people, objects and beautiful places. Parviz Payghamy has been passionate about painting and poetry since he was very young. “Painting has been my compass over all the changing stages of my life,” he said. “My special love of poetry caused me to be dubbed ‘the poet painter’ by friends, professors and colleagues at Tehran University while studying art there. Art helps me express how I think about the world and my life.” Parviz uses a palette of rich colors to create his contemporary canvases. Elisabeth Sullivan's imaginative, acrylic paintings can best be described as "dreamscapes." She is inspired by the world’s creatures of the sea and land. She especially loves painting birds, butterflies and seals in peaceful, breezy beach settings. Her paintings and murals can be found in private residences and corporate collections, as well as hospitals across the country.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Margaret Dorfman makes colorful serving dishes, bowls, trays, platters and jewelry from more than 40 different fruits and vegetables that are transformed into translucent parchment during a 10- to 14-day process. “I call this vegetable parchment because the texture and translucency calls to mind the velum parchments of medieval Europe,” Margaret explained. “These fruit and vegetable parchments are shaped into bowls, folded into flowers and fused to pure copper to form cuffs, earrings and necklaces that last indefinitely.” Using recycled scraps, Dustin Logan transforms various metals into thought provoking wall art. He recently began placing metal sculptures inside recycled window frames from the 1890s through the 1950s. Every limited piece is handmade with its own distinctive details within the frame. All sculptures are hand-bent and welded, and they can be suspended on chains or mounted on the wall. Linda McInnis creates ethnic figurative sculptures for interior designers and private clients. She uses collaged fiber pieces, natural elements from all over the world and shimmering beads. Linda recently added contemporary abstract and figurative paintings to her gallery. All of her original acrylic and mixed-media pieces demonstrate her love of bright colors, texture and multiple layers of paint.
Luke Fraser believes that sports fans should have choices when it comes to sports team clothing. His custom sports gear business, Bart Bridge, offers an alternative to big-box apparel. Bart Bridge has quietly gathered a cult following among San Francisco Giants, 49ers, San Jose Sharks, Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors fans. After losing almost all his inventory in the Sonoma County fires a few years ago, Luke rebuilt his business and streamlined his line. In addition to sports apparel, Luke’s latest designs pay tribute to the world’s most popular cities. When Kathleen Caid was 17, she visited her first antiques store and her life changed forever. Today, she loves hunting for unusual shapes and materials in antique lampshades and vintage jewelry. Kathleen adds pearls, crystals, beads and gems to make her glamorous necklaces, earrings and bracelets–all with theatrical flair. Zwia Lipkin uses locally-sourced pieces of upcycled, high-end designer upholstery fabrics to sew soft, fabric handbags. She strives for zero waste while attempting to give new life to everything she makes. “I prefer strong colors such as purples, magentas, maroons, mustards and turquoises,” Zwia said. “I like colorful clothes and surrounding myself with colorful objects. I believe that colors can affect your mood, and that vivid colors can lift your spirit. Through my work, I try to create happiness.”