World-Class Artists and Craftmakers Show Their Original Work
Stylish clothing and accessories, one-of-a-kind jewelry, breathtaking photography, unique sculpture and gorgeous glasswork –– festivalgoers will find all of this and more at Mountain View’s A La Carte & Art popular spring art fair, May 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street. Enjoy a sun-splashed weekend strolling the well-stocked booths and chatting with more than 200 world-class artists about their work.
Kathleen Robison painting "A Days Hike"
Gila Sagy fused glass pendant
Peter Dziulak castle building blocks
“Saltwater courses through my veins and brings the two passions of my life together – the ocean and my art,” said oil painter Spencer Reynolds, who uses reclaimed beach woods for his canvases. “The roughness of this natural material lends itself to the raw ocean elements I’m working to capture. Life is a tangle of hard and beautiful moments. It is through the tension of these two realities coexisting that I strive to create something of beauty and depth.” Spencer finishes his paintings with a unique technique he calls “pinstripe Impressionism” – he layers lines of color with pinstripe brushes to add a refined element to the unrefined canvas.
From snow-capped mountains in Lake Tahoe to the balmy terrain of Bali, Dirk Yuricich travels the globe to photograph glorious objects of nature. His gallery includes majestic palm trees swaying in the wind, ornate cathedrals, verdant European vineyards, and the Eiffel Tower at midnight.
Kathleen Robison is an Impressionist painter who paints in the outdoor “plein air” style. She is passionate about landscape painting because there is always something new to paint and the subject matter in nature is unlimited. She also enjoys painting children on the beach, Folklorico dancers and colorful California street scenes. Kathleen is inspired by the loose, quick brushstrokes of Impressionists John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt.
Tim Wistrom often is referred to as “the artist who paints Seattle underwater.” The Surrealist painter uses acrylic paint to create magical cities with a sense of humor. Each canvas is custom stretched, triple primed and coated with a protective clear finish to prevent fading and discoloration. Tim’s artistic career has spanned four decades, and he still enjoys the creative process.
Are you ready for those casual summer barbecues? Update your patio with sturdy cedar dining sets, chairs, planters and benches by Steven Andersen. Imagine yourself relaxing at home with a chilled glass of wine . . . there will be no need to go out!
If you need more serving space on your patio when your guests come over, check out Michael Frazier’s durable folding tables and sideboards. Michael’s furniture has been sent to many countries, including a castle in London and the Royal Palace in Egypt. It also has been featured in several films, including “Kindergarten Cop” and “The Patriot.”
Organize your family photos with colorful, glass photo holders made by Gila Sagy. Her unusual creations come in a wide range of patterns and colors. The artist also makes unusual glass cheese boards. She repurposes real wine bottles by flattening them at a high temperature in a kiln. Some of her customers choose to hang these boards on the wall as works of art.
Let your little one’s imagination soar, the old-fashioned way, with wooden blocks designed by Peter Dziulak. The artist takes building blocks to a whole new level with his storybook castle sets. He says children ages 2-and-a-half and up enjoy transforming the blocks into rocket ships, castles, cathedrals, towns and farms. The blocks are made from reclaimed hardwoods, including alder, sugar, silver maple and cherry.
Judy Brandon necklace
Lisa Adasiewicz upcycled purses
Ben Teeter mixed media "Warriors"
Susie Harper glass art
Don Antram mixed media
Lorna Ritter is a self-taught seamstress who sews whimsical hand-painted jackets, vests, pants, tops, dresses, handbags and pillows. She remembers spending hours at the age of 12 on her mother’s Singer Featherweight sewing machine. More than 35 years later, Lorna still enjoys making hand-painted garments and accessories. Her colorful creations can be machine washed; Lorna suggests a gentle detergent such as Ivory Snow to preserve her vibrant colors.
In 1988, Jane Mohr opened her first clothing stand in Venice Beach after working for Italian Vogue magazine. Her vintage-inspired designs soon sold out at major stores, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks. Today, her edgy designs are sold in exclusive boutiques from Beverly Hills to Boca Raton. Jane’s primary goal is to inspire women to feel confident and stylish. Her breezy spring collection is easy to wear and will add an element of sophistication to any wardrobe.
Judy Brandon designs elegant necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She uses 14K gold fill and sterling silver to offset gorgeous precious and semiprecious gemstones. Accent your summer wardrobe with a sparkling starfish, gold moons and stars, bright blue topaz and glistening freshwater pearls.
A bag with a social conscience . . . Lisa Adasiewicz uses vintage belts as straps for her pretty fabric market bags. She repurposes new upholstery samples that otherwise would go straight to landfill. Lisa’s styles range from Bohemian paisleys to elegant damask prints. Even better, 50 percent of each purchase supports an orphanage in India for children who are hearing impaired.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Geoffrey Nelson’s astonishing goddess sculptures were inspired by the fiery energy of Burning Man. His art incorporates acrylic, LEDs, paint and blow torches to create modern sculptures that celebrate powerful women. “Some might be heroic and some might be tragic, but they all embody feminine power,” the artist said.
From Buster Posey and Tom Brady to Elvis Presley and the Beatles, mixed media artist Ben Teeter’s paintings pack a punch. Acrylic and oil paints are softened with a brightening airbrushing technique. Ben is a former Donruss Diamond Kings baseball card painter and a commissioned artist for the NFL alumni. His work has been shown at the National Art Museum of Sport and the Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco.
Susie Harper’s beautiful glass hearts, critters and spheres shimmer with light and creativity. Working with glass, wire and fire, she enjoys the art of glass bead-making, also known as lampworking. Susie noted that glass can be clear, crisp and frivolous or deep, rich and earthy. Glass reminds her of the ocean, and her art enables her to experience a freedom expression through molten glass art.
Don Antram paints from the heart and finds inspiration by exploring his spirituality, joy and passion. He blends acrylic and metallic paint with fiber pastes and shells to create textures that capture and reflect light. The artist says he finds the process incredibly calming and creative. From stormy oceans and swirling starbursts to themes that reflect faith, contentment and confidence, Don’s paintings will add interest and dimension to any space.