Art in the Redwoods Festival (2005)
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!
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
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
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
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.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
5 p.m. Champagne Preview and
6:30 p.m. Judges Critique
7:30 p.m. Annual Dinner
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
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
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
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
5 p.m. Gates close
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
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.
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.
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
Grupo Ilucion, a cumbia/salsa band, consists of
Sergio Orozco, Francisco Orozco, Alfredo Orozco, and
Frederico Perez from Manchester.
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.
This year's beautiful 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
For more information please call (707) 884-1138 or e-mail to