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Art in the Redwoods Festival
Entertainment (2014)

Live music and dance will be presented on the auditorium stage, in the outdoor amphitheater and throughout the festival - most of it performed by local musicians.

Art in the Redwoods Festival logo

The art exhibit in the Arts Center is always complemented by musical and performance artists who entertain Art in the Redwoods Festival guests every year, and this year sees both old favorites and new faces joining the Festival.

The White Hackle Pipe Band returns to perform for the eleventh straight year. The band has delighted festival goers since 2003 by marching through the festival grounds on their way to the JAMI Amphitheater, where they put on a bagpipe, flute and drum performance that fills the redwoods with traditional Scottish music. The band will start their march through the Festival grounds on Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

White Hackle Pipe Band
White Hackle Pipe Band

Perennial favorite the Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers also return for their customary two shows in the Coleman Auditorium. Performing both Saturday and Sunday at 1:15 p.m., the Bell Ringers will play a wide variety of music, including a community sing-a-long. Other musicians will join the Bell Ringers, including Cyndy Solomon playing the recorder on "Pat-a-Pan," Karl Young playing the shakuhachi on "Joy and Elation," and Eric Kritz playing the clarinet on "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." Singing is an important part of this group. Remi Alexander will sing "My Heart Will Go On." Rachel Kritz will sing "Do-Re-Mi" and be joined by Linda Bostwick on "Dona Nobis." There is something for everyone in this year's program.

Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers, photo by Rick Jackson
Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers

Festival Schedule

Thursday, August 14
  6:00 p.m.  Top Hat Dinner

Friday, August 15
  4:00 p.m.  Champagne Preview
  6:00 p.m.  Judges Critique & Awards

Saturday, August 16
10:00 a.m.  Festival gates open
10:45 a.m.  White Hackle Pipe Band
11:00 a.m.  Open Clay Studio
11:30 a.m.  Larry & Jen, folk music
12:00 p.m.  Storytelling for Children
12:00 p.m.  Point Arena Cheerleaders
  1:15 p.m.  Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers
  1:30 p.m.  Open Mic
  2:15 p.m.  Kashaya Storytelling
  3:00 p.m.  Groove Factor
  5:00 p.m.  Festival gates close

Sunday, August 17
10:00 a.m.  Festival gates open
11:00 a.m.  Open Clay Studio
11:00 a.m.  Micka, classical guitar
11:00 a.m.  Johannes, accordion
11:30 a.m.  Redwood Road
11:45 a.m.  Samurai Dance
12:00 p.m.  Storytelling for Children
12:15 p.m.  Samurai Dance
  1:15 p.m.  Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers
  2:15 p.m.  Abrams, Spanish Guitar
  3:00 p.m.  Quilt Raffle Drawing
  3:00 p.m.  People's Choice Award
  4:00 p.m.  Festival gates close

thru Monday, September 1
                   Fine Art Exhibit
John Micka John Micka, a 32-year resident of our area, is self-taught on the classical guitar. It has been a personal teaching journey of over 20 years and he has even started making guitars. "If I had known how difficult the journey was, I might not have taken it on," John says. "It has been very rewarding, and I hope you enjoy my music as much as I enjoys playing."

John is another veteran of many Art in the Redwoods Festivals past, and will perform in the Mohr Mezzanine on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Four-Eyed Frog Books Adding a different sort of entertainment, Joel Crockett from Four-Eyed Frog Books will share stories with youngsters of all ages in the enchanting Fairy Circle behind the Gualala Arts Center.

Don't miss this opportunity to create a great memory with the young ones in your life, sitting on redwood seats surrounded by a circle of beautiful redwood trees reaching to the sky. Listen to Joel on Saturday and Sunday at noon both days.

Also returning to the Fairy Circle again this year is Eric Wilder, who will enthrall listeners with stories of Kashaya history on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. Eric's magical weaving of words in the middle of the Fairy Circle is a literal example of art in the redwoods!

Eric Wilder telling Kashaya history in the redwood grove
Eric Wilder telling Kashaya history in the redwood grove

The Picnic Band Stand always features great performers, and this year it welcomes two new groups that will entertain Art in the Redwoods Festival guests as they enjoy the delicious food served under the redwoods in the picnic area.

On Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Larry and Jen will perform. Local musicians Laurence White and Jennifer Rodenbach will play traditional & contemporary American & Celtic Folk music as well as music from other countries. Larry is fixture at the Acoustic Musicians' Jam at Jack's Gualala Pharmacy every Saturday, and since he will be at Art in the Redwoods that day he is inviting everyone that plays an instrument to bring it along and participate in an Open Mike jam session at 1:30 p.m.

Larry and Jen
Larry and Jen

On Sunday at 11:30 a.m. the Bluegrass band Redwood Road takes over the Picnic Band Stand and will play until 3 p.m.

Redwood Road
Redwood Road

The Tessa Howard Dance Troupe is another returning favorite, but this year they are bringing along two new members - Jon Handel and Fred Von Almen - who will join Art in the Redwoods veteran dancers Tessa Howard and Ling-Yen Jones in performing a Samurai contemporary dance routine. Two dance performances will be featured in the Coleman Auditorium on Sunday, the first at 11:45 a.m. and the second at 12:15 p.m.

Tessa Howard Dance Troupe
Tessa Howard Dance Troupe

Barbara Johannes
The JAMI Amphitheater stage will welcome a newcomer to Art in the Redwoods, accordion master Barbara Johannes. Barbara will fill the amphitheater with her wide variety of music styles, including French musette, Latin, Italian, German, popular, standards and Cajun.

"I'm accustomed to being background music for an event," says Barbara about her approach to playing the accordion. "I plan to add beautiful music to the ambiance of Art in the Redwoods."

Barbara is fairly new to the Mendonoma coast, but she did play at last year's "Oktoberfest" at the Surf Market to rave reviews. Come listen to Barbara on Sunday starting at 11 a.m.

Another newcomer this year are the Point Arena High School Cheerleaders, who will perform one dance routine in the Coleman Auditorium at noon on Saturday.

Point Arena High School Cheerleaders
Point Arena High School Cheerleaders

Another favorite artistic offering of Art in the Redwoods is the chance for Festival-goers to become artists themselves by visiting the Gualala Arts Clay Studio. This fully featured studio will offer visitors a chance to sit at the potter's wheel, and learn how to make and decorate hand built ceramic items. The clay studio will be open on both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is located downstairs in the Arts Center.

Keith Abrams
Keith Abrams
Guitarist Keith Abrams is a familiar face on the Mendonoma coast, and has been a regular performer at many Sonoma - Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival venues over the past several years. Keith will do double duty at this year's Festival, appearing on Saturday in the JAMI Amphitheater at 3 p.m. with Groove Factor.

Featuring Garrett "Kaleo" Larson on trumpet, Paul Mueller on tenor sax, Tim Mueller on guitar, Gabriel Yanez at the drums and Keith handling both bass and guitar, this band will close out the first day of the Festival in style.

On Sunday, Keith returns to the amphitheater stage at 2:15 p.m. to give a solo performance of Spanish guitar music. Taking a break at 3 p.m. for the PPQG Quilt Raffle drawing and the announcement of the Most Popular award, Keith will then resume his concert and bring the Festival to a close at 4 p.m.

No matter what your taste is in music, dance or other entertainment, there is something for everyone every day of the Festival!

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.