Exceptional Artists and Craftmakers Showcase Their Latest Work
Arts & Crafts Show Gets a Makeover With 120 New Artists and New Artist Coordinator
*Please note this information is from the 2013 event although the dates are correct for 2014. Please return 3-4 weeks prior to the event when we post information for the 2014 event.
Dazzling jewelry, unique handbags, beautiful paintings, breathtaking photography, exquisite lithographs, gorgeous jewelry, boutique-quality fashions, shimmering glass vessels, hand-blown ceramic pieces, recycled metal work, whimsical sculptures and hand-carved woodwork—you’ll find all of this and more at the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. Stroll and browse well-stocked booths and meet 275 of America’s finest artists and craftmakers—creators of the beautiful art on display at this nationally renown festival—brought to the festival by the new arts and crafts coordinator, Pacific Fine Arts.
Steven Vigil Painting "Tail Feathers"
Jennifer Utsch recycled metal hanging affirmation
Richard Vest sculpture "Rising Sea Otter"
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Dong Un Shin uses the Korean art form of pictorial calligraphy to turn names and words into works of art. Letters are formed from birds, trees, fish, animals, and flowers, each hand painted in vibrant colors and vivid brushstrokes. The pieces make memorable, personal gifts for a new baby, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, or housewarmings.
Steven Vigil is an artist who is hard to pin down. He works in a variety of media, including acrylics, oil, pastel, watercolors, and inks. His pieces can be technically tight or loose and random, completely abstract or scripted with elements of fantasy. Each piece is about capturing an intimate moment and showing it off in a simple and totally satisfying way.
Animal lovers will adore the stunningly realistic wooden sculptures of Richard Vest. Each piece expresses the feeling and presence of the animal. “You can see into the animal’s soul,” says the artist, “and realize they are complete and deserve our respect.”
Jennifer Utsch’s words and shapes sculpted from recycled metal bring a smile with their uniqueness. Current products include picture boards, hanging affirmation chimes, mobiles, flags, jewelry holders, key holders, and necklaces. These inspiring reminders are handcrafted in Northern California from salvaged and reclaimed materials. The metal is cut and hand painted, then assembled with select beads and bells purchased from sustainable workshops in India and Indonesia.
Nathan Vaughan reclaimed wood entry table
Diane Talley music purses
Paul Steege facetted mug
Izzy Jewel Box
Nathan Vaughn makes unique and functional furniture from reclaimed wood and other materials. A redwood and cedar table topped with reclaimed corrugated roofing with copper accents makes a striking entry piece. A cabinet from salvaged cedar hides mundane office files with a rustic flare. With a little creativity and craftsmanship, one man’s trash is indeed another man’s treasure.
How cool to carry a handbag made from a record cover of your favorite band. Show off your musical style with a music purse by Diane Talley. Her wide selection is sure to include your favorites, from AC/DC to ZZ Top, or even Broadway musicals. Zippers, adjustable straps, and pockets for your water bottle and cell phone make these bags as functional as they are fun.
The simple yet elegant porcelain pottery by Paul Steege will find a welcome place in any home. His pieces include traditional Asian-style glazes, such as a smoky gold shino, a fluid wood-ash glaze, and a rich dark temmoku, and many pieces are distinguished by handles made from manzanita twigs gathered on the artist’s land in the Sierra foothills. His work includes cups, bowls, teapots, soup tureens, storage jars, and various table items, as well as complete dish sets made to order.
Simplify your life with an Izzy Jewel Box. These wall-mounted jewelry displays keep your jewelry well organized, easy to see, dust free, and without annoying tangles, making jewelry selection a pleasure. Featured in Oprah Magazine, this jewelry box makes the ideal gift.
Rodonna Van Pelt’s work is full of lush color, rich detail, and beautiful themes. Though realistic in style, her images evoke a fantastic dream world where anything is possible. An artist, illustrator, and writer, Rodonna's artwork has evolved through various mediums, from acrylic, oil, watercolor paintings, to pencil and ink illustrations.
Pat Toth-Smith has been a wildlife photographer for more than 18 years. She stalks bears, wolves, mountain lions, wild horses, and other elusive wildlife throughout Canada, the United States, and Costa Rica, capturing on film both the intimacy and majesty of the natural world.
At first glance, Shanna Trumbly’s paintings look like something from a dream almost forgotten. The brilliant colors and surprising images tell the beginning of a story and invite the viewer’s creative imagination to complete it. Trumbly creates each piece with acrylic on canvas.
Ron Pratt uses light and color to establish the mood for his watercolor paintings. His beautiful landscapes of the California coast, wine country, San Francisco, Yosemite, and more are drenched with light, bringing the carefully rendered scenery to life.
Spice up your wardrobe with a colorful dress, skirt, or top from Colada Company. This independently owned and operated business has specialized in contemporary women’s clothing since 1997. Their signature designs blur the line between fun and function and are as comfortable for your pocketbook as they are for your body.
Ria Van Ornum creates every day wearable bead art that feels good to the touch, brings happiness and health, and provides that needed connection to the past and present. She uses natural, undyed, unaltered stones, bone, shell, fossilized mammoth, sterling, copper, and brass. Each piece is one of a kind and has presented itself as a "mini meditation.” The neck pieces even come with their own "story" printed on the back of their card.
Wolfgang Vaatz pairs semi-precious stones such as Dominican Larimar from the Caribbean, Pietersite from Namibia, and selected Turquoise from Arizona with delicately wrote sterling silver to create his “wearable sculptures.” His stunning necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are powerful in their simplicity, allowing the beauty of the natural stone to speak for itself.
Toni Seymour fell in love with the fibre arts as a teenager, knitting with her grandmother. She has now turned her love into a living with her signature line of hand-knitted hats, scarves, and purses as well as her woven pillows and rugs. Pick up something cozy, warm, and made just for you.