50th Annual Art Fair This Weekend

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Press Release posted 4/30/12 – The 50th annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Art Fair will be held in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 6, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.  Ninety-five artists will be displaying and selling their fine arts in mediums that include oil painting, jewelry, water colors, glass, wood, metal, photography, pottery, ceramics, mixed media, and weaving.   Stop by the booth of our featured artist, Carolyn Grantham Gravatte, a long-time resident and painter of Sierra Madre who has painted a series of canvases featuring ‘site specific’ scenes around and about Sierra Madre.

Live music will be featured throughout the weekend in the band shell and on the south lawn from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday.  Performers will entertain you with several types of jazz, contemporary, bebop, Celtic, folk, and classical music.  And, a strolling guitarist will serenade you as you stroll from booth to booth.

A food court will offer a variety of food and drinks provided by local non-profit groups as well as food vendors.  You’ll be able to choose from Korean and Chinese barbecue, Greek, Mexican, and Mediterranean food as well as good, old-fashioned hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn on the cob.  The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will again be selling their homemade loaves of quick breads and sweet breads.

For the children, the Creative Arts Group has planned a fun and imaginative craft activity on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.  Titled “Fish Windsocks”, the project will allow the children to decorate a fish on rice paper with such things as fins, tails, teeth, gills, eyes, and a mouth and then attach their creation to a stick with a fishing tackle swizzle that will help it to catch and twist in the wind.  Every participant will go home with a lovely souvenir of the art fair.

In honor of our 50th anniversary Art Fair, we are excited to be offering a silent auction.  Forty-seven of the artists who are displaying and selling their creations at this year’s fair have donated lovely, one-of-a-kind pieces for the auction which means that you’ll have a chance to bid on some really beautiful artwork.  We have both large and small pieces so you’ll be sure to find something that suits your taste and your wallet.

So plan to spend a day (or two!) with us strolling through Sierra Madre’s lovely Memorial Park finding those perfect Mother’s Day, graduation, or wedding gifts as well as beautiful items you’ll enjoy wearing or displaying in your own home.   Proceeds from the Art Fair benefit the Sierra Madre Library.  For more information, visit our website at sierramadrelibraryfriends.org or call 626 355-7186.