One of my favorite things to do is peruse for craft and art fairs. I think it is extremely important to support local artists so I decided to explore the Irvine Fine Arts Center’s Annual Studio Arts Festival . It showcased many talented local artists exhibiting original works of art including ceramics, mixed media, glass, painting, printmaking, wood, and metal arts. The exhibits started inside with several artists showcasing their photography and jewelry. Friendly faces distracted me from the crowded hallways. As the path led us outside, I was not expecting to see so many white tented displays. It was sunny and beautiful and the scenic view of the lake at Heritage Park made me even happier that I decided to come.
A few artists definitely stood out to me. My favorites among over 100 artists were:
Chuck & Helen Benes Photography– stunning photos including Old Gas Pumps and another of the Cerrillos Museum in New Mexico
Jill Dufau- gorgeous jackets made of vintage textiles
Jared Millar – printmaker of Tasty Americana, a suite of relief prints inspired by vintage fruit crate labels
Carol Tripp Martens– ceramic artist, including beautifully made teapots and other works of art
Laura Catlin – One of a kind stone art, including end and accent tables
Please take the time to visit their websites and support their talent. As I did not even get the chance to meet or speak to most of them, I think the artwork speaks for itself.