Indulge your fancy for the finest arts and crafts at Mountain View’s A La Carte & Art, where you can wander well-stocked booths of fabulous, hand-made and one-of-a-kind pieces. Dramatic photography, enchanting landscape paintings, wooden toys, hand-painted glassware, garden sculptures and eco-friendly bags are just some of the items offered by more than 200 professional artists and craftsmakers from throughout the West. Mountain View’s popular springtime festival of the arts takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street. Enjoy a sun-splashed weekend strolling, sipping wine and chatting with world-class artists about their work.
From the desert to the ocean to the cosmos, Mountain View photographers Dori Myer and Tim Aston snap breathtaking photographs of our country’s most prized landscapes and natural phenomena. Tim, a science educator, and Dori, a local history preservationist, produce giclée prints using the finest materials. Elisabeth Sullivan's imaginative acrylic paintings can best be described as "dreamscapes.” They have a tropical, surrealist quality that evokes fantasy and imagination. The artist enjoys pairing unconventional subjects in her scenes–giraffes, elephants, sunsets and water. Watercolorist Alain Fastre captures the magic of some of the most breathtaking subjects in the world, including the oldest lighthouse in Ireland, gondolas in Venice, and picturesque windmills in Holland. The Mountain View resident prefers to work with watercolors because of the interesting interaction between the paint, water and paper.
Spring has sprung! Mixed media artist Krupa Paranjape’s beautiful, handmade pillow covers add a dash of interest to simple sofas and chairs. The Mountain View resident’s tranquil bird and floral themes will give any room a quick makeover. Nancy Templeton recycles the classics to make unusual, wooden book boxes to hide passports, jewelry, money and other treasures. She replaces book bindings with brass hinges and rare earth magnets. Do you know a Jane Eyre enthusiast? Nancy does custom orders for special gifts! Add pizazz to your tabletop with glistening glasses and vases hand-blown by Dana Rottler and Peter Stucky. They also make vibrant glass art sculptures, including shimmering starfish, cats, holiday figurines, flowers and pumpkins.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Janet Klein makes elegant Swarovski crystal mobiles that will add dimension and interest to your entry way or patio. She incorporates unusual materials from artisans around the world, including precious gemstones, beads and feathers. Inspired by the fiery energy of Burning Man, Geoffrey Nelson captures the spirits of lost goddesses. He uses acrylic, LEDs, paint and blow torches to bring his exquisite sculptures to life. Geoffrey’s Iron Lady sculpture–adorned with heat-formed Lucite and steel–weeps rusted tears as she symbolizes forgotten sorrows. Mixed-media artist Don Antram uses a multitude of mediums to create textures that capture and reflect light. He uses soothing grays and blues in his contemporary paintings to illustrate sirens of the sea, serene angels and stormy oceans.
Mountain View textile artist Zwia Lipkin enjoys working with colors and textures. Her locally-sourced, upcycled designer upholstery fabrics are repurposed into vibrant fashion totes, jewelry, hair accessories and eyeglass cases. Devin Johnson has taken things apart since he was a child. He uses a variety of recycled, antique and salvaged materials–artillery shells, aircraft artifacts and other industrial surplus–to make one-of-a-kind money clips, bracelets and necklaces. Lorna Ritter is a self-taught seamstress who starting sewing at the age of 12 on her mom’s Singer sewing machine. Her soft, hand-painted jackets, dresses, vests, pants, tops, handbags and pillows are whimsical and fun, illustrating the spirit of a true artist!