America’s Top Artists and Craftmakers Take Center Stage
Shannon Adams ornaments made from recycled Christmas trees
Patrick Tutt pottery
Katie Call colored pencil on wood "Pool Party"
Popi Cotrell reverse painting on glass "San Francisco 7UP"
Meadow Rose photography on wood
Kick off the Harvest Season at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Simmering stews, crisp autumn weather, family gatherings... it’s harvest time again! With the upcoming holidays around the corner, it’s a perfect time to spend the weekend at the 47th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on October 14-15. Spend a day on the California coast meeting more than 250 talented artists selling festive holiday decorations, elegant fine art, mixed-media creations, sparkling glassware and astonishing photography. Why not give your wardrobe a fall makeover with a few new boutique-quality pieces, accented by stunning jewelry sure to make you shine! Or, create a harvest tablescape with gorgeous, velvet pumpkins made by Half Moon Bay’s very own Julie Swanton. Enjoy a weekend of autumn splendor browsing and strolling among well-stocked booths and meet America’s top artists and craftmakers showcasing their latest work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art at this nationally renown festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts.
Wrap yourself in warmth on a chilly autumn night with a hand-woven wool blanket by Niko Culevski. Niko’s family has woven blankets for six generations. Each one is woven in the ancient Macedonian tradition. The soft, fluffy blankets come in a variety of colors and patterns, from country to contemporary. Shannon Adams sells rustic, wooden ornaments made from various species of recycled Christmas trees. The trees are donated after the Christmas season. Shannon hand-paints each piece in a variety of themes, including penguins, bees, fruit, flowers, musical instruments and Nativity scenes.Speaking of rustic, Colin Schroeder’s sustainable chairs, tables, benches and bed frames are made from reclaimed wood, repurposed steel and beetle kill pine. “There are few things more enjoyable than walking into my shop and working on these pieces not only for my customers, but also for what I believe to be the betterment of the world around me,” the artist said. “Having seen a multitude of earth’s wonders, I felt I had a calling and a responsibility to do what I could to protect and preserve the beautiful planet we live on.” Patrick Tutt started selling pottery when he was only 15. Today, his functional ceramics are oven proof, lead-free, dishwasher safe and chip resistant. He makes a variety of party sets, platters and napkin holders in solid colors and beautiful patterns–hand-painted grapes, palm trees, olives, irises and sunflowers. One of his most popular collections is an art set in a box, which includes a large platter, a dip chiller/warmer, wine chiller, bacon cooker and hors d’oeuvre plates.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Just in time for Halloween... Diane Cull sews whimsical witches, wizards, Santas and elves. Her popular dolls are constructed from clay, lace, feathers, recycled fur, charms, buttons, vintage jewelry, beads and ribbons. The “Are You Smiling” witches are happy dolls. Check out Diane’s intricate details–lace jackets, bloomers, brooms and crystal balls. “The brighter the better” is artist Katie Call’s motto. She uses vivid colors for her pencil, pen and ink, and charcoal drawings of bold monsters and robots. “There are endless possibilities for my subjects,” she said. “They are goofy and I love to draw them.” Popi Cotrell creates American iconic pop art through reverse painting on window frames, mirrors and other forms of glass. His art has been featured in galleries all over the world, as well as in private collections. Popi’s popular themes include Las Vegas, The Beatles, sun and surf, favorite food and beverages, Marilyn Monroe and much more. The curls of natural wood add interesting texture to Meadow Rose’s interesting photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, motorcycles, hippie vans and surf scenes. Meadow transfers her photos onto wooden canvases, which have natural knots and swirls. Each UV-resistant piece is sealed and comes ready to hang in a handmade frame.
David Salazar blown glass Red Heart Vase
Spencer Reynolds painting "Final Moment"
Ken and Ingrid Hanson blown glass Harvest Chip Pumpkin
Create a harvest theme by dotting glass pumpkins by David Salazar around your favorite table. An expert glassblower for more than 40 years, David enjoys making delicate perfume bottles, vases, marbles, paperweights and holiday accessories. His extraordinary pieces have been featured in Smithsonian Magazine and in museums all over the country, including the Tiffany Exhibit for the Museum of Art in Chicago. Check out Spencer Reynolds’ mesmerizing renditions of swirling waves and stately trees. He is known for his ability to capture intense movement and energy in his oil and acrylic paintings. Spencer grew up in Oregon, in a town filled with loggers and fishermen. “I grew up where the ocean is cold, rough, and the skies are often cloudy,” he noted. “The coast is mysterious and majestic. My hometown was a modest blue-collar area full of loggers and fishermen located at the tail end of Southern Oregon, where the land pushes against the mighty Pacific. I cannot escape the ocean's deep influence on my art. It weaves itself into everything I create.” Steven Vigil’s modern art encompasses a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and ink. He is inspired by nature, feelings and colors. Some of his subjects are free-flowing, while others are decidedly intellectual. Steven's recent watercolor pieces play with movement through the use of color and ink. Ken and Ingrid Hanson have worked together since their early college years. They use a bold color palette to create contemporary glass art. If you’re looking for pumpkins in vivid hues of turquoise, purple and ruby, this is the booth to browse. The Hansons also sell hand-blown glass vessels and vases with bold stripes and delicate designs.
Channel your inner Bohemian! Lisa Adasiewicz and Terry Manly make repurposed, earth-friendly bags in a variety of pretty garden patterns and colors. Their unique creations support a mission for hearing-impaired school children in India. Add a bit of whimsy to the harvest season with a pumpkin or garlic hat by Michael Loeffler. He also makes adjustable velvet berets, sport caps and traditional Sherlock Holmes-style hats to keep you warm this season. According to fashion designer Sawinee Khamhanphol, “Women come in different shapes and sizes. My designs accentuate the shape and curves of a woman while still remaining elegant. I want women to feel confident and comfortable so their inner beauty can shine through.” Sawinee sells sumptuous wrap tops, dresses, jackets and sweaters in soft colors and fabrics. The key to your soul ... Joanne Hunot has been intrigued by keys for as long as she can remember. She scours European antique shops and flea markets to make her exquisite key necklaces, each with a unique story to tell. Come and discover what a key necklace might symbolize for you.
“The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is considered among the premier art shows in the country,” said Dana Hale-Mounier of Pacific Fine Arts, the company that manages the arts and crafts exhibitors. “It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and buy from artists actually doing the work. Everything you see is handcrafted from beginning to end by each artist … we call it ‘art with soul’ and what’s special is festivalgoers get to take a piece of that home and make it part of their life.”