America’s Top Artists and Craftmakers Set Up Shop on Main Street
At Half Moon Bay’s World-Famous ART & Pumpkin Festival
It’s that special time of the year again, when harvest moons light up the sky, pumpkin patches glow in their glory and the fabulous fall colors make Half Moon Bay absolutely astonishing. The world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, coming up October 17-18, attracts people from all over the West Coast, and this year’s talented artists will not disappoint.
From gorgeous home décor accents and elegant fine art to cozy fall fashions and holiday gifts, this year’s festival will delight generations of all age. Enjoy an idyllic autumn weekend browsing and strolling among colorful, well-stocked booths and meet 275 of America’s top artists and craftmakers showcasing their latest work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art at this nationally renowned festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts. The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Main Street. Admission is free.
Half Moon Bay artist Julie Swanton makes luxurious velvet pumpkins in array of harvest colors–just in time for the holidays! Transform them into fabulous place card holders, table decorations and doorstops. Looking for the perfect tablescape? According to Treg and Candace Silkwood, “People have an innate love of pumpkins, not just for their beauty. In our culture, pumpkins and gourds symbolize prosperity and abundance. The Silkwoods’ shimmering pumpkins and gourds come in all shapes, sizes and colors ranging from neutral champagne and amber to rich amethyst and emerald green. Changing the look of a room will be a snap if you visit Cheryl Bechtold to purchase some autumnal pillows. Her sumptuous fabric designs have unique trims and backings … details are everything!
Stay warm with chenille, jewel-toned scarves, hats and gloves designed by Erin Cowan. Her super-plush creations are made with colorful yarns in colors including berry cobbler, bubblegum, orange sorbet, caramel, toffee and blueberry. Galit Perez looks to her Spanish roots for inspiration when designing her supple leather bags. “I come from a family of five creative women who found their passion in the design industry,” she noted. “I was first introduced to sewing by my mother when I was 10 years old.” Today, Galit has a following for her durable purses in soft shades of black, tan, red, yellow and purple. Susan Moon Bobbit and John Bobbit have made elegant jewelry together for more than 25 years. Their unique pieces feature gemstones set in 14K gold or sterling silver. Choose from sparking blue topaz, peridot, citrine, garnet, amethyst, smoky quartz, blue sapphires, rubies and more!
Marna Schindler painting "Path Less Taken"
Don Schimmel photography
Iris Wise painting "Back Off"
Michael Rohner drawing/pastel "Milk and Honey"
Inspired by the colorful palettes and bold styles of early 20th century artists, Marna Schindler describes her acrylic paintings of nature as “spontaneous and direct, with unrestrained brushstrokes and a fluid, intuitive approach.” Marna donates a portion of her art proceeds every year to organizations that protect the welfare of animals. Don Schimmel has traveled the world to shoot amazing images of horses, cattle, cowboys, cowgirls, trains, vintage cars, mountains and deserts. He has even photographed his subjects while on horseback! Don often incorporates old-school printing techniques that take him back to happy days in his college dark room. Speaking of horses, Iris Wise grew up on a ranch. Her love of animals is apparent in her rustic oil paintings. Using a natural, earth-toned color palette, Iris captures the spirit of California horses, wolves, ostriches, elephants, cows and bears.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Nicholas Vicknair is a former contractor who uses oils and acrylics on canvas or wooden boards to create colorful, abstract paintings. He glosses his abstract ocean paintings with epoxy resin for durability. A potter, sculptor and bookbinder, Nathan William Murrell’s mixed-media work is interesting and often surprising. He incorporates vintage photographs, clocks, newspapers, apothecary jars and distressed wood into his unusual creations. Animal lovers will enjoy Michael Rohner’s mixed-media paintings of cheetahs, elephants, owls, bears and lions. His pen-and-ink illustrations on watercolor paper are colored with a variety of mixed media materials. “I aim to express ideas and notions that are difficult to convey with words,” the artist said. “I hope to uplift, inspire and comfort you with my imagery. If I can accomplish even a portion of that, then I am at peace with my passion.”
“The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is considered among the premier art shows in the country,” said Dana Hale-Mounier of Pacific Fine Arts, the company that manages the arts and crafts exhibitors. “It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and buy from artists actually doing the work. Everything you see is handcrafted from beginning to end by each artist … we call it ‘art with soul’ and what’s special is festivalgoers get to take a piece of that home and make it part of their life.”