America’s Top Artists And Craftmakers Set Up Shop On Main Street At Half Moon Bay’s World-Famous Art & Pumpkin Festival
Super cute pumpkin beanies and hats, 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 19-20 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 250 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.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Get ready for the upcoming harvest season with a shimmering glass pumpkin or set of acorns hand blown by Candace and Treg Silkwood. According to the artists, the use of glass as a medium for sculpting is rare. They have mastered their craft by offering gorgeous creations in autumnal shades of orange, taupe, red, purple, persimmon, hot pink and emerald green. Let the sun shine in . . . Hector Perez Velasquez makes steel, copper and bronze sculptures of energetic suns, geckos, fish, birds and turtles. It’s amazing to note that nothing is painted–all colors result from a special heating process. Mixed-media artist Nicholas Vicknair is inspired by everyday objects and the people he meets along the way. His contemporary work utilizes oil and acrylic paint on canvas or wooden board. Epoxy resin is often used to coat surfboards. Nicholas uses a high-gloss resin as his primary medium by infusing it with color to create calming waves, trees and abstract shapes.
Pumpkins everywhere . . . Nick Leonoff’s unique crackle pumpkin series is made by quenching molten glass in water. When the glass cools, it forms a skin that separates and exposes a contrasting interior color. Nick uses a timeless Venetian technique to create realistic designs offered in warm harvest, earth-toned and Halloween color palettes. He also makes pretty, hand-blown glass wildflower vases that resemble Impressionist paintings. Serve up a feast on Thanksgiving Day with beautiful hand-thrown pottery by Roberta Dallimonti. Her lively patterns include harvest pumpkins, autumn leaves and Christmas patterns. Accent your side tables and counters with pretty mixing bowls, butter dishes, candlesticks and teapots. All pieces are dishwasher safe, lead free, microwave and ovenproof. Ken and Ingrid Hanson are inspired by Italian and Swedish glass-blowing techniques. Their contemporary vases, bowls and glassware feature stunning color combinations. “It is the intensity and unpredictability of hot glass that inspires constant change in our work,” the artists noted.
If you’re talking a walk, riding a bike or simply running errands, check The Hipster, designed by Cathy Huntoon. The tiny leather purse clips to your belt and holds a large cell phone, credit cards and a driver’s license. It also has a detachable strap that converts this clever purse to a cross-body bag. The Hipster is available in black, brown, gray, red and navy. After nearly two decades of working as a graphic artist in Silicon Valley, Soni Bergman decided to channel her creativity in a different direction–making gorgeous jewelry. “My designs have an ancient feel that is also contemporary and fresh,” said Soni, who loves organic shapes and earthy shades. Her necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets feature freshwater pearls, semiprecious stones and moonstones. Protect yourself from fall breezes with a silky poncho, wrap or vest designed by Nancy Wilder. She layers fine strands of colored wool fiber onto luminous sheer silk to create ethereal cloth that is strong, warm and soft to the touch.
Gwendolyn McShepard’s vibrant acrylic and oil paintings have been commissioned by Kaiser Hospital, the U.S. Marine Corps, California First Bank and KKSF radio station. Her work also can be spotted at Napa Valley vineyards and hotels. The artist has a keen eye for detail and is known for her colorful street scenes and sultry “Red Hat” portraits. Ready for a vacation but can’t find the time? Frederico Domondon’s photography celebrates the world’s greatest cities–New York, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan and his hometown, San Francisco. For the past 25 years, he has specialized in French café scenes and Tuscan landscapes. Steven Vigil’s soothing watercolor paintings are captivating. Although he often paints sunsets, beach scenes, animals and oceans, he especially enjoys painting delicate portraits of women. “They are the yin; they are the moon,” he explained. “They are the female and I am the male. We are different and complimentary. We are separate and forever bonded.”
“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.”