America’s Top Artists And Craftmakers Set Up Shop On Main Street At Half Moon Bay’s World-Famous ART & Pumpkin Festival
Nancy Wilder painted silk wrap vest
Dana Spanierman jewelry
Cindy Ayala custom fashions
Barbara Bussler mosaic pumpkins
Michelle Mackenzie ceramic sculpture
Super cute pumpkin beanies, gorgeous hand-blown glass pumpkins, one-of-a-kind jewelry, leather sandals and belts, handmade quilts, seasonal wreaths, holiday-themed placemats and napkins, panoramic photographs, whimsical sculptures, handpainted clothing, colorful ceramic vessels, contemporary pop art, Halloween-themed garden art, handcarved woodwork and unusual sculptures made from recycled material –– you’ll find all of this incredible variety and lots more at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Main Street. Enjoy an idyllic autumn weekend browsing and strolling among colorful, well-stocked booths and meet 275 of America’s top artists and craftmakers showcasing their latest work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art at this nationally renowned festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts.
Ease into autumn with a comfy felt or silk scarf handmade by Montara artist Nancy Wilder. She layers fine strands of colored wool fiber onto luminous silk to create ethereal creations that are durable yet soft to the touch. Drawing on the popularity of 1970s spoon rings, Pam Amputh established “Forkedelic,” a unique company that specializes in a silver-plated silverware jewelry inspired by the antique silverware patterns of the 1800s and early 1900s. Pam’s stunning creations make perfect gifts. “I was spring cleaning in 2010 when I stumbled upon a set of antique silverware from my late mother-in-law,” Pam recounted. “I decided I wanted to give my daughter a special present that also served as a remembrance or her late grandmother, with whom she had a close bond. I put my jewelry making skills to work and made my first spoon bracelet for the most special girl in my life.” Inspired by the tranquil waters of Thailand, Dana Spanierman designs ocean-inspired jewelry by combining exotic shells with sterling silver. Her breathtaking line is unusual and colorful. Why not pick up some pretty earrings for the fashionista on your holiday list? Speaking of the holidays, if you’re looking for a statement piece for that special party, visit Cindy Ayala for an elegant evening jacket. Her contemporary/retro fusion style features collages of novelty thread, handmade appliqué and semiprecious stones. There’s even an adorable line for babies!
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Right in time for pumpkin season, Barbara Bussler delicately crafts mosaic pumpkins, hearts, ghosts and flowerpots. She uses recycled and new materials including beads, rocks, shards and tiles to create her mesmerizing pieces. Although Barbara also dabbles in paper and felt art, the mosaic process is her favorite. Michelle Mackenzie sculpts imaginative ceramic horses, birds, ravens and wolves. “Through sculpture, I have found my soul’s voice; life is truly a journey,” she said. “We all have our milestones, turning points, joys and sorrows. No one is alone; we are all connected. The animals I sculpt are chosen for their beauty, symbolism and power to inspire.” It has been said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” … and it probably is if it’s a collage by Richard Curtner. Richard blends his artistic talents with his passion for the written word. He scours magazines to create word collages by combining hundreds of cutouts of written text pertaining to music, wine, people and romantic getaways. Looking for a special gift for that hard-to-shop-for someone? Check out fidget spinners, pendants, bookmarks, coasters and wallets by Lora and Greg Price. A few years ago, they attended a steampunk convention called Clockwork Alchemy. They were fascinated by people who “happily live in a fantasy world with elements of Victorian science fiction.”
Pamela Zimmerman stoneware bowl with woven rattan rim
Doug Gold wooden toys
Johnny Glass handblown glass "Fumed Fantasy Pumpkins"
Pamela Zimmerman uses warm, autumnal hues of chocolate brown and copper on her durable pottery. “As a child, I always wanted to be a potter and a weaver,” she remembered. “I have been a clay artist long enough to have had to build my kilns, mix the clay and glazes-formulating my own recipes. My loom has not been used in many years, but I continue work fibers into my ceramic pieces, using basket making and macramé techniques.” Planes, trains and automobiles … and, of course, fire trucks … Doug Gold carves amazing wooden toys that are baby and toddler smooth and safe. Doug also makes wooden clothing racks, blocks and book ends. Why not stock up on old-fashioned favorites for the little ones on your holiday list? Roberta Dallimonti’s pretty hand-thrown pottery collection includes fall pumpkins and leaves, Christmas patterns and fields of flowers. Her custom pieces include casserole dishes, plates, mugs, platters, candlesticks, mixing bowls, teapots and butter dishes that are lead free, microwave safe and oven proof. It must not be a coincidence that Johnny Glass has the perfect name for his career as an artist! Visit his booth for glistening glass pumpkins, vases and ornaments in brilliant shades of fuchsia, green, red, copper, turquoise, cobalt blue, gold and purple. His love of the hand-blown glass process shines through in every creation he sells.
Spencer Reynolds painting "Thunder Rock South"
Chelsea Hiatt Farley photo transfers on wood
Gayla Worrell photograph "Pescadero Sunset"
Are you ready to spruce up your favorite room? Debbie Bakker paints shimmering glass vessels, sheet music, holiday packages and flowers bursting with beauty. Her gorgeous watercolor paintings will transform any space, just in time for your upcoming special occasion. Spencer Reynolds is inspired by the ocean, which weaves itself into everything he creates. The artist said the deep wonder, delight and tragedy of life can be observed in his representational wave paintings. Spencer’s original oil paintings burst with color, and his vivid designs have been reproduced on paper, hats and T-shirts. Pacifica photographer Chelsea Hiatt Farley snaps beautiful photos of the gorgeous coastline and transfers the images onto wood for an unexpected twist. Choose from bright California poppies, beckoning lighthouses, rambling wildflowers and bountiful pumpkin patches. Moving to the California coast sparked Half Moon Bay photographer Gayla Worell’s passion for nature and landscape photography. She searches for unusual angles and uncommon events. “I’m steps away from some of the most beautiful scenery in the world,” Gayla noted. “Autumn is a spectacularly special season on the fertile, scenic coast around Half Moon Bay, where the entire coastside area bursts into a brilliant sea of orange. I’m excited to participate in my hometown event this year.”
“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.”