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2005: Festival -  Judges -  Quilt Raffle


Art in the Redwoods Festival (2005)

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Once again the Art in the Redwoods Festival (AIR) returns to Gualala Arts Center for the 44th annual event. What began among the redwoods on Gualala ridge in 1961 has grown to a two-day attraction for thousands. This popular weekend event will repeat the successful formula of past years, with some new twists!

Art in the Redwoods, photo credit: Barbara Pratt, 2004 Art in the Redwoods, photo credit: Barbara Pratt, 2004 The heart of the festival is the magnificent display of fine art throughout the building. Over 400 pieces will be on display - including oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, photographs, sculpture, woodworking, stained and fused glass, jewelry and fiber arts - most of them for sale.

For those unable to attend the festival, these works will remain on display through September 11. The Gualala Arts Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

AIR veterans will see familiar food and drink booths, returning musical groups, and the Art in the Redwoods Dinner. But there will also be some new performers and exhibitors as well. So be sure to save some time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, to attend what VIA Magazine (July-August 2005) calls a "prestigious" event. Admission on Saturday is $6 with kids admitted free, and for the first time this year, Gualala Arts is offering a two-for-one admission on Sunday!

AIR Champagne Reception Visitors to the Champagne Preview and Pre-Sale on Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m. will have an opportunity to purchase artwork before the official start of the festival. Friday evening includes the Judges' Critique of hundreds of pieces of fine artwork in 16 media categories, judged this year by Consuelo Jiminez Underwood, Bob Nugent, and John LeBaron.

Following the Judges Critique is the annual Art in the Redwoods Dinner, where revelers will enjoy a gourmet dinner and a selection of fine wines. The Gualala Arts' Volunteer of the Year will be announced on Friday night as well. The $50 cost includes admission to all of Friday night's festivities: Champagne Reception, Judges' Critique, and the Art in the Redwoods dinner. (Dinner tickets MUST be purchased in advance - there are limited seats.) Those who wish to attend only the Champagne Preview and Judges' Critique may pay a $6 admission fee at the door.

This year's dinner menu features a double entree of blackened salmon and chicken morel as well as salad, vegetables, potatoes, dessert, and an assortment of wines to enhance each course. The dinner sells out quickly, so buy your tickets now by calling 884-1138 or visit the Arts Center or the Dolphin Gallery and Shop.


5 p.m. Champagne Preview and
6:30 p.m. Judges Critique
7:30 p.m. Annual Dinner

10 a.m. Gates open
10-10:45 Coast Recorder Consort
11-11:45 White Hackle Pipe Band
12-12:45 Storytelling for Children
1-1:45 Ernest Bloch Bells
2:15-3 Jenn August
3:30-4:15 White Hackle Pipe Band
5 p.m. Gates close

10 a.m. Gates open
10:30-11:45 Grupo Ilucion
12-12:45 Storytelling for Children
1-1:45 John Micka, guitarist
2-2:45 Coast Recorder Consort
3-3:45 Ernest Bloch Bells
4 p.m. Awards Ceremony and
          Raffle Drawing
5 p.m. Gates close

White Hackle Pipe Band Live performances will take place both on the auditorium stage and at the outdoor amphitheater from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Sunday. The White Hackle Pipe Band of Sacramento with 15 pipers and seven drummers return to AIR to perform on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p. m. in the amphitheater.

The Coast Recorder Consort will share the indoor stage with John Micka, guitarist. The Coast Recorder Group has been in existence for over 15 years. The group has had members join and retire over the years - many recorder players remember playing over 10 years ago at Art in the Redwoods when it was held at Bower Park in Gualala. Selections from Mouret, Corteccia, Zanetti, Bach and his teacher Buxtehude, are on the program. Contemporary music of Pitts and Shaker melodies will also be performed. Members of the Consort performing at this year's festival are Dick and Marilynn Balch, Tina Ballagh, Peter and Beva Farmer, Joan Jordan, and Ellen Soule. Jean Lebbert and her sister Janet Venerella of Lodi will join the group for this special performance.

Ernest Bloch Handbell Ringers The Ernest Bloch Handbell Ringers will perform in the amphitheater at 1 p.m. on Saturday and conclude the performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday. This group, which began with just four ringers, is well-known to coastal residents. Our coast had been without bells for a time when Sita Milchev's mother, Lucienne Dimitroff, suggested to Sita that the family purchase a set of English Handbells using funds from the estate of Sita's grandfather, composer Ernest Bloch. Lois Pine, Walt Ratcliff, and Claire Skilton were early enthusiasts, along with Sita, and kept the bells ringing for many years, to the delight of coast residents.

In its current incarnation, the Ernest Bloch Handbell Ringers began playing in 1998. The group quickly grew and when the bells were heard at one Fourth of July parade in Point Arena, they were honored with the Grand Prize. Since then the bell ringers have performed at Art in the Redwoods, at St. Paul's Methodist Church, and at various concerts and functions. For the past three years the ringers have performed a Christmas concert benefiting the Coast Community Library. Meeting every Monday at the home of Richard and Jeanne Jackson, this group of fourteen ringers delights in playing a wide range of music.

Two new acts for Art in the Redwoods are Grupo Ilucion and Jenn August. Grupo Ilucion Grupo Ilucion, a cumbia/salsa band, consists of Sergio Orozco, Francisco Orozco, Alfredo Orozco, and Frederico Perez from Manchester. Jenn August Their lively Latin beat begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in the amphitheater. Veteran festival performer Jenn August makes her AIR debut in the amphitheater at 2:15 on Saturday. Her folk-rock music presents a message in a style that appeals to a wide audience. "Think Dave Matthews meets Ellen Degeneres," she says.

Children have their own special entertainment at Art in the Redwoods - sponsored by Four-eyed Frog book store is "Storytelling for Kids" in the Fairy Ring behind the main building at noon each day. In addition, Gualala Arts will host a children's arts and crafts booth, where, under adult supervision, kids can use available materials to create their own art to take home.

The grounds will be filled to the brim with vendor booths offering a host of items including jewelry, ceramics, wood, tiles, weavings, specialized apparel, leather goods, photographs, textiles, and artwork. Service clubs and local businesses will set up barbecue, beverage, baked goods, and ice cream booths. A new addition is Mexican cuisine by Laura's Tacqueria of Gualala.

Earl's Quilt This year's beautiful quilt, "Earl's Quilt" is in memory of architect and artist Earl V. Carlson. The quilt is a queen/king size mix of greens, oranges, browns, and other earth-toned colors. Other raffle prizes include six bottles of 2005 44th annual Art in the Redwoods signature series wine (only two cases were produced for us!); "Haiku," an open edition iris giclee print (the first in a series of artwork to be produced by the Megan Rose Foundation from the original works of Megan Rose Mauldin); jewelry by Ling-Yen Jones; a tile by Marji Ingersoll; a painting by Bruce Jones, and more original works by artists to be announced! Raffle tickets are $2 each, seven for $10 or 15 for $20. Proceeds from the annual quilt raffle benefit the Gualala Arts Scholarship Program.

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