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Artistic excellence returns to University Avenue
Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to the 36th Palo Alto Festival of the Arts!
Street painting artistry
Street tunes with heart and soul
Musical surround sounds
The journey
Transforming an image
Maintaining tranquility

What's in a name
Art that lends elegance and shine to your decor

Artistic excellence returns to University Avenue

PALO ALTO - This beautifully curated arts celebration will showcase the work of 300 of the most interesting and unique artists from the Bay Area and throughout the United States along University Avenue on August 26-27 from 10am-6pm. The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, its presenting sponsor: the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the support of the City of Palo Alto invite you to join in all the festivities.

The 36th anniversary of the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts brings art to fit your lifestyle; décor in two and three-dimensional art for your home or business, exquisite sculptures, impressive personal and unique accessories, wearable art, and much more! The many expressions of fine original art reflect a vibrancy for latest trends to simple elegance.

Magnificent chalk paintings at the Italian Street Painting Expo will include 60 extraordinary artists showcasing their work as they create chalk paintings on Tasso - some paintings as large as 12ft. by 12ft.  Presented by the Palo Alto Weekly, with sponsorship sales benefiting Youth Community Service, you can view reproductions of the Old Masters, abstracts, 3-dimensional and original designs.  Festival-goers can easily spend all weekend watching this fascinating live-art demonstration.

In addition, the Kids-Chalk-A-Lot area also gives children under the age of 12 the chance to participate in the street-painting event by creating their own 2-by-2-foot artwork for a minimal fee.

Returning by popular demand is Chopin and Chandeliers located on the plaza at University and Tasso. Presented by Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, this free “play-me-piano” welcomes all festival-goers to play their favorite songs while surrounded by a stunning and unique display of chandeliers.

Children will enjoy the beloved Kids' Art Studio, presented by Ladder, at Kipling and University, offering free art activities. Professional instructors will guide the children on their own art experiences - taking home a handmade festival memento.

To compliment the art, don’t miss the continuous live entertainment at two stages and street corner concerts with its diverse sound and musical interests.

We invite you to experience the difference - art at its best, interactive displays, Napa Valley Wine Experience, craft beers, and culinary indulgences.

Convenient public transit, free admission and parking make visiting this fine art festival easy and fun. And, for everyone’s safety, be kind to your pets and leave them at home.

For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to the 36th Palo Alto Festival of the Arts!

PALO ALTO - Palo Alto, the birth place 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 over 115 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 festival’s Presenting Sponsor, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Enjoy!

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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Street painting artistry

PALO ALTO - The Italian Street Painting Expo, presented by the Palo Alto Weekly will celebrate its 16th year featuring more than 60 artists along Tasso between University and Lytton Avenues.  These artists will showcase their chalk paintings on asphalt canvases.

Ever Galvez, resident of Fullerton, CA will be traveling to the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts to create a 13ft. by 13ft. chalk painting for the Italian Street Painting Expo.

Galvez, a recent newlywed, is an award-winning chalk artist and known for his vibrant colors and vivid works both nationally and internationally.  As a fine art artist, he’s been classically trained in painting, drawing, sculpture and traditional animation.

"The true colors of an object is the interpretation of our own experiences in life. My surroundings made me achieve those experiences through the years. Through art, I can capture a moment in time and transform and express it for everyone to see," says Galvez.

Visit www.evergalvez.com to view his work.

Almost eighty percent of this year’s participating artists live in cities two-eight hours away.  Many come from either Northern or Southern California; while some are from Tampa, Florida, Montreal, Canada, Tempe, Arizona, Anchorage, Alaska, as well as San Jose, Santa Clara and Palo Alto. 

Prior preparation for this event takes numerous hours; whether it be to replicate a well-known image or create their own artwork—not to mention the travel time it takes to get to Palo Alto. Then, once they get on site, they will have to kneel or sit on the ground for six to eight hours each day to produce their masterpieces.  A true passion for the arts is realized in each of the forty images being created.

Youth Community Service, beneficiary of this extraordinary exhibition, raises funds through sponsorship sales. Monies raised benefit young people through various programs throughout the Bay Area.

Be sure to stop by and view this temporary performance art exhibition both Saturday and Sunday.

Children under the age of twelve can also participate at the Kids’ Chalk-A-Lot area for a minimal fee.

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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Street tunes with heart and soul

PALO ALTO - Don’t let those piano lessons go to waste.  Stop by Chopin and Chandeliers to play a few tunes at the ever-popular community-friendly street piano where you can show off your talents. Located on the University Avenue plaza at Tasso. Presented by Modern Luxury Silicon Valley.

Festival-goers will enjoy an assortment of colorful chandeliers as they play their favorite melodies and let the music fill the air.  These alluring and unique chandeliers are created from recycled plastic bottles to resemble and pay homage to Dale Chihuly, a renowned glass artist known for his spectacular glass chandeliers.  A dazzling display of color as they shimmer in the sunlight and move in the breeze.

We invite you to celebrate the music and visual arts around you with your own public piano performance at this interactive display. No sheet music is necessary.

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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Musical surround sounds

PALO ALTO - Music throughout the event includes an engaging line-up both days on two stages and street corner concerts.
 
The Waverley Stage, presented by Peninsula Open Space Trust will feature a variety of genres from high energy blues to rock, contemporary folk to Americana.

Among the performances, we kick it up a notch with VitalSign who brings classic and southern rock from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Crows, ZZ Top, and much more on Saturday.

Bruce Guynn & Big Rain, with sweet vocal harmonies and an “uplifting soulful rock country rock blues", keeps up the pace on Sunday.

The Webster Stage presented by California Coast Music Camp showcases acoustical sounds from a variety of performers.

Singer-songwriter Nancy Cassidy’s life experiences are evident in her original songs, capturing the moods of all types of weather: spirted and feisty, reflective and romantic. Her rich and honeyed voice delivers songs to both warm the toes and sooth the soul.

On Sunday, Valerie Rose a well-known vocalist, fiddle player, teacher and interpreter of Celtic music and David Hersh with his concertina bring a taste of traditional Irish music to the Webster Stage.

Street Corner performances in the round staring Stephen Dreyfuss, a saxophonist playing contemporary American music; John Clarke, acoustical instrumental music on a classic Spanish guitar, and the Great Morgani, accordionist extraordinaire with his wildly imaginative handcrafted costumes.

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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The journey

PALO ALTO - Adolfo Girala was born in Havana, Cuba and later moved to the United States.  As a self-taught artist, he enjoyed experimenting with various materials and became a full-time artist in 1994.

“Becoming an artist has been a long, slow and challenging process.  I never read an art book and I never attended art classes.  Instead, it flowed from my great desire to express myself. The blank canvas was simply going to be the avenue of my expression. My inspiration comes from the pure desire to create,” says Girala.

The use of dry pigments, acrylic paint, modeling pastes and gel mediums achieve a texture and finish that give the illusion of being painted on ceramic or wood.

“My art work is a representation of beauty, tranquility, and mystery,” says Girala.

Visit his website at www.artadolfo.com.

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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Transforming an image

PALO ALTO - Candace Mahler’s journey began many years ago. While taking fine art photography classes at the Academy of Art in San Francisco a final project required a larger printer than what she had.  To compensate for this, she cut the paper up to disguise the fact it needed to be printed in sections on a smaller printer. This was the beginning which led to her work today.

Each piece is hand cut and individually crafted with an array of vibrant eye-catching colors displayed in an artistic abstract arrangement.

“At this time, I am printing on copper sheet, cutting up the images and reattaching them to a metal base covered with a plexi frame.  I will expand on the theme I am now working with and take it somewhere else. Either way my path is one of experimentation and change and I always look forward to the next thing”, says Mahler.

Visit www.candacemahler.com to view her work.

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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Maintaining tranquility

PALO ALTO - Yoshi Aoki is a self-taught mixed media artist from Seaside, Oregon who creates sculptural designs incorporating various materials into abstract organic shapes.

“I really like the way you can define three-dimensional spaces with wire lines and the way you can create any form in organic shapes with metal. The main motivation of my art is to capture the essence of nature in abstract ways. Using various types of metal and mixed media objects, I try to incorporate the balance between the movement and stillness, and the simplicity and complexity of the core forms that I find inherent in nature. I try to accentuate the equilibrium between two opposite materials by shaping chaotic hardwood burls into clean round pieces, and at the same time giving metal an organic feel. The overall effect that I wish to achieve is the sense of the calmness of nature that comes from this balance,” says Aoki. 

Visit www.yoshiaoki.com to view Aoki’s unique body of work.

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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What's in a name

PALO ALTO - Cornelia Goldsmith’s fine gold and platinum jewelry are exquisitely designed and handcrafted.  Intricate detail of ancient granulation techniques is seen throughout her work and the hallmark of her signature designs.

“My jewelry reflects an enduring love of natural, organic forms that blend ancient and new world sentiments. I also have a deep appreciation for exacting craftsmanship and fine detail, which are very important to me and, I suppose, express my view of the world,” says Goldsmith.

Originally from Kiel, Germany she moved to the U.S. in 1988 and soon became a leading contemporary jewelry designer. Her studio, located in San Francisco affords her magnificent views and surrounds her with endless inspiration, and a name that appropriately matches her passion.

To view her work, visit www.corneliagoldsmith.com.

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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Art that lends elegance and shine to your decor

PALO ALTO - For Kevin Lubbers, inspiration comes from places he's fallen in love with all over the world. Each piece of glass art is a reflection of where he longs to be in a world and intended to provide the viewer a momentary escape from reality. Lubbers strives to incorporate the rare diamonds he sees in nature, hoping the world will stop and take notice.

“In essence art should rejuvenate the soul. It should uplift the heart and bring peace to the mind. This world is a beautiful place and my goal to bring to light the utopias I find most precious for the enjoyment of others”, says Lubbers.

At his home in Oceana, Illinois, he creates each work of art himself using warm glass in all its forms, from sheet glass to frit. He frames his glass with either metal or exotic wood frames.

Come and enjoy the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, University Ave., August 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public transit and free parking make visiting this fine art festival easy, convenient and worth a day's visit. Free admission. And, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. For public transit information: www.511.org.

Call (650) 324-3121 or visit www.mlaproductions.com for more details.

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