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Welcome to the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts!
Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Welcomes You to the 38th Palo Alto Festival of the Arts!
Where Tasso Street ends the chalk begins
Let your fingers do the walking
Live music from beginning to end
Every sculpture tells a story
Uncommon beauty: mother board canvases
Transitions and transformations

Casual elegance
Getting wired!

Welcome to the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts!

PALO ALTO - On August 24-25, the celebrated fine art festival known as the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts returns to beautiful downtown Palo Alto on University Avenue from 10am-6pm.

A stunning showcase of art is displayed across all mediums with 300 talented contemporary artists from all over the country and the Bay Area. Many unique and one-of-a-kind art pieces are available for the perfect location in your home, business, and art collection.

Festival attendees will have the opportunity to become immersed in some exceptional artistry while strolling University Avenue and adjacent side streets.

Don't miss the Italian Street Painting Expo where "paintings" made from chalk pastels are created at ground level – on the pavement.

Live musical performances on two stages, street corner concerts, interactive exhibits, Kids' Art Studio – all FREE and will enhance your festival experience. And NEW this year - emerging student glass artists from Palo Alto High School: Paly Fiery Arts.

For the wine connoisseur, sample varietal wines produced by local vintners: Bargetto Winery, DeVincenzi Cellars and Integrity Wines. And for our craft-beer aficionados, a variety of beers will be provided by Gordon Biersch. A perfect pairing to go along with the fine art.

This year's 38th annual multi-faceted arts celebration is hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and Art Lover Patron: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, supporting artists and a community that connects with art.

Experience the difference at one of Northern California's highly respected fine art festivals: a vibrant and creative atmosphere with imaginative and aesthetically beautiful array of art.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

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Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
Welcomes You to the 38th Palo Alto Festival of the Arts!

PALO ALTO - Palo Alto, 125 years old this year and the birthplace of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's most desirable and exciting places to live and work. With its proximity to Stanford University, deep ties to technology firms, highly rated schools, beautiful public parks, libraries, open space and community centers, Palo Alto serves as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, while preserving traditional values of family and neighborhood life.

For nearly 110 years, the Palo Alto Chamber has been the singular connection to this exceptional community for visitors and residents alike. Today our 550+ members span the spectrum of 21st century businesses in the mid-Silicon Valley region, from local-serving retailers to global industries.

Our members take pride in their civic contributions and sponsorship of community-building events, like this festival, to ensure the vitality of the community as a whole.

Special thanks to our Art lover Sponsor, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Enjoy!
Charlie Weidanz, CEO

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

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Where Tasso Street ends the chalk begins

PALO ALTO - Canvases have taken on a new meaning if you're a street painter. In fact, this art form is created on the street's pavement using chalk pastels and will only exist as temporary art throughout the weekend. The paintings on Tasso can be seen where the sidewalk ends and the chalk begins. More than sixty artists look beyond the ordinary to create something extraordinary.

Presented by the Palo Alto Weekly, sponsorship proceeds will benefit local non-profit, Youth Community Service.

Jolene Rose Russell is this year's featured artist from Sacramento. Returning for her 7th year to create another memorable eye-catching image for all to see.

As a multimedia artist, her work can be seen throughout the Bay Area and hopes to have pubic murals in Sacramento and St. Paul, MN. Her many accomplishments involve various mediums, but she specializes mainly in large-scale images. However, when it comes to street painting, portraits are one of her favorite themes.

"I love working with portraits, chalk is an excellent medium because they blend so well, and you can create lovely skin tones. I love making art outside surrounded by so many other artists. I appreciate that spectators not only enjoyed the work when it was finished, but where able to witness the process as it was happening," says Russell.

Visit her website, www.jolenerussell.com to learn more.

Don't miss this temporary art exhibit at "ground level" where a burst of color, design, and awe-inspiring creations are made by chalk.

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

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Let your fingers do the walking

PALO ALTO - Colorful and whimsical chandeliers, made from discarded plastic bottles, add to the fun-filled enjoyment of the interactive Chopin & Chandeliers' PLAY ME piano located on Tasso Plaza.

Presented by Stanford Health Care, festival attendees will be mesmerized by these upcycled plastic bottles re-created into vibrantly colored "Chihuly-like" sculptures.

The colorful assortment of chandeliers surrounding the Play Me Piano, invites festival-goers to let their fingers do the walking across the keyboard, creating their own music. A chance to perform on the tree-shaded outdoor piano will be an unexpected and joyful experience while strolling among eye-catching visual art displays.

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

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Live music from beginning to end

PALO ALTO - Continuous music throughout as you stroll University Avenue enjoying this artful event. Every other block will have entertainment from street corner concerts to a variety of music from high energy to mellow acoustical stylings at the Waverley and Webster Stages. Join the fun at the Webster Stage on Sunday and bring your ukulele to the Annual UKE JAM.

Levi Platero's strength and passion beneath his quiet disposition is unleashed in a style that mixes Texas Blues and vintage rock (Waverley Stage – Saturday).

Bay Station with a unique Americana sound, a true melting pot of folk, rock, blues in the singer-songwriter tradition (Webster Stage – Saturday).

Sang Matiz a blend of fusing energetic World and Afro-Latin and Tropical beats with contemporary rhythms (Waverley Stage – Sunday).

Steve Kritzer mixes folk, singer-songwriter, country, Celtic and blues into something unique all his own (Webster Stage – Sunday).

Street Corner Concerts
Stephen Dreyfuss: saxophone—University @ Emerson
Bob Culbertson: chapman stick—University @ Bryant
The Great Morgani: performance artist, accordion—University @ Cowper

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

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Every sculpture tells a story

PALO ALTO - You've heard the expression, "every picture tells a story," well so does every piece sculpted by artist Ken Newman.

Originally a logger from Northern California, this self-taught artist uses his 40 years of experience to create representational sculptures in wood and bronze.

"Sculpting in new mediums and subjects including the figure, gives me another opportunity to share a vision or story with those who love art. My art is a statement of my journey of life, an effort to understand the world. These sculptures question and interpret the relationships of man and nature and how each influences the other. Creating art that impacts the viewer's thoughts and perceptions of nature is my goal," says Newman.

"Pure Freedom" (poster artwork) expresses the confidence, skill, trust, relationship, enjoyment, and the love of freedom shared by an adolescent and a special bond with his horse.

"The sculpture stands for everything the Native American's fought and struggled not to lose or sacrifice, Simple and Pure Freedom," says Newman.

Newman now resides in Idaho and continues his journey of exploration and wonder transformed into impactful art.

Learn the story behind the art, www.kennewmansculptures.com.

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

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Uncommon beauty: mother board canvases

PALO ALTO - It all started when an engine manufacturer was faced with the possibility of Y2K causing software issues and decided to update its computers. Knowing these computers would be sent to a recycler or end up in a landfill, Joyce Haughey had a different vision.

"Why not use the mother boards as the canvas for floppy drive parts, memory, cabling, hard drive platters, semiconductors, and CPUs as the accents. It could all work together again without a power supply," says Haughey.

Haughey, aka CPU Artworks, of Trafalgar, IN, will display "computer technology – through the eyes of an artist".

"I hope that seeing what I've done with the discarded computers, can be a reminder of just how valuable every individual's contribution was. Just as important, I am preserving the origins of the computers and not all of the outdated technology ended up being destroyed or dumped into a landfill. The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, to me at least, is a way to bring it home," says Haughey.

Learn more at www.cpuartworks.net.

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

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Transitions and transformations

PALO ALTO - LA-based artist, Stephen Schubert's artwork embodies transitions and transformations which reflect in his bright contemporary pieces. His multi-dimensional abstracts evoke a great depth of color as he transforms elevated birch panels into magnificent paintings.

His approach includes dragging a spackle knife, board or other found object over the wood surface then applying a topcoat of resin.

"Dragging, spraying, dripping, smearing and scraping are all parts of the process. Varying amounts of pressure applied with my spackle knife enables me to create some control over the haphazard nature of my approach. I lay down up to 15 layers of paint and frequently finish with a resin topcoat. The end result is a vibrant, colorful painting," says Schubert.

Specializing in custom work, Schubert loves collaborating on ideas. New this year, he'll be introducing his larger-than-life stainless-steel sculptures: Totem Keys.

View his website, www.schubertmodern.com.

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

 

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Casual elegance

PALO ALTO - Originally from Germany and now residing in Salinas, Birgit Kupke-Peyla trained to be a goldsmith before moving to California: a profession then considered a trade with a strong artistic element.

Her designs evolve from modern German influence, deeply rooted in the European goldsmithing tradition - bold, clean with geometric elements.

"In my work inspiration is born out of previous work where ideas build on each other. Since I started, I have been working in precious metals, mainly sterling silver and gold. My work is quiet yet dramatic. To this day the construction of jewelry, the concepts of fabrication and technical challenges keep me interested in the medium.

My work is nonrepresentational, my interest is in more architectural and sculptural forms. I am drawn to minimalistic ideas. Hoping that the pieces I create will stand the test of time, to adorn and be treasured by the wearer," says Kupke-Peyla.

More of Birgit's jewelry can be seen at www.kupkepeyla.com.

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

 

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Getting wired!

PALO ALTO - Michael Gard's figurative sculptures involve intricate wire-weaving techniques he invented as a teenager.

"I was fooling around with steel wire thirty years ago at high school making a tiny sphere, then after ten years of experimentation this led to wire figure mobiles," says Gard.

Each figure begins from a sculpted block of clay and a spool of wire. The sculpture is reproduced in wax and individual lengths of wire are woven and knotted stitch-by-stitch around the wax form. Finally, the wax is melted away and leaves a rigid figure, both light and strong. The silhouette of a human figure emerges showing a free-flowing, graceful shape.

Each piece showcases the artist's approach to sculpting and his mastery of the medium. Some of his work incorporates LED lights and brightly colored enameled wire.

A native of London he now resides in San Francisco. More of his artwork can be seen at www.michaelgard.com.

Visit the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Avenue,
August 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This ADMISSION-FREE event can also be stress-free if you take public transportation or festival shuttles. For those who must drive, free parking will be available.

Also, please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service animals are allowed.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Visit www.mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121 for more details.

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