Fine Arts and Crafts Festival set for July 22-24 on Tahoe’s West Shore | SierraSun.com

Fine Arts and Crafts Festival set for July 22-24 on Tahoe’s West Shore

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Ava Austin's copper "Fa Cuffs" or "Fine Art Cuffs" are lightweight adjustable and waterproof. They will be on displat this weekend at Lake Tahoe.
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HOMEWOOD, Calif. — Homewood Mountain Resort boasts some of the best views in California’s entire Lake Tahoe region.

Easily accessible from Interstate 80 and California Highway 89, the resort rises 1,650 vertical feet from the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe to its 7,880-foot summit elevation.

This scenic location is the setting the Homewood Fine Arts and Crafts Festivals, the second of the season, taking place Friday through Sunday July 22-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

This free event brings together an exciting group of more than 50 artists showcasing an assortment of collectable arts and crafts in a variety of media including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, photography and much more.

Enjoy this art gallery in the outdoors, meeting and chatting with the artisans, and finding a treasure to take home. Among the featured artists:

Jewelry

A chemist turned painter and now jewelry designer, Ava Austin has developed her own enameling technique she’s trademarked as “Fa Paint.”

Individually handcrafted in Sonoma County, California, her unique, intricately designed copper core “Fa Cuffs” or “Fine Art Cuffs” are lightweight adjustable and waterproof. The creations are great for layering and adding a pop of color to your wrist.

Mixed Media Art

Jack Durnford excels in creating unique textures and stunning emotion in his larger pieces. His use of recovered wood and recycled materials gives his work mass appeal, especially when it comes to his smaller driftwood pieces.

“My sustainable art is created by using up to 80% recycled materials,” says Jack. “I have been using recycled material for the past 15 years and while I use different materials, I’m bound by a burning desire to test my own creative limits — changing, refining and shifting.”

Glass

Dennis Johnson’s hand sculptured glass figurines are extremely different and unusual.

He shapes each piece using clear Pyrex rods and while they are still molten he vaporizes 24K gold into the glass. The temperature determines the colors that the gold will release assuring that no two are alike.

Dennis can get up to 6 colors from the gold — the finished item can be blue, aqua, purple, lavender, pink, red or a combination thereof. Since the color actually is the gold they all have a golden sheen and will appear gold in the dark, but when light passes through the piece the colors appear.

Basketry

Over the past 15 years, Hannie Goldgewicht has experimented with many different mediums from metal to clay, paper to stone, but it was her childhood in Costa Rica that had a tremendous influence for her love of natural materials and organic design.

A passion for color, design and nature come together in Hannie’s line of simple clean forms that have the rustic feel of the earth, from the clay and the pine needles.

“It is the coming together of two techniques to create distinctive pieces that blend with harmony,” she says. “Each piece is hand thrown on a potter’s wheel. After trimming and firing, the pieces are finished with different painting techniques and patinas. The pine needles are gathered, selected and cleaned. They are then woven with waxed thread, using the coiling method. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.”

Homewood Mountain Resort is located off Highway 89, just 6 miles southwest of Tahoe City.

This article was provided by Pacific Fine Arts Festivals. Visit pacificfinearts.com or call 209-276-4394 to learn more.