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Art & Wind Festival Arts & Crafts

Artists Get Creative for San Ramon Art & Wind Festival

Enjoy browsing and shopping among the many arts and crafts booths at the San Ramon Art & Wind Festival. This free, family-friendly event highlights nearly 175 talented artists in California and beyond exhibiting and selling their work over Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of beautifully hand-crafted items including paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, pottery, toys and more on display Sunday and Monday, May 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at San Ramon Central Park, located at 12501 Boulevard in San Ramon. 

Art and wind festival featured artist
gregg visintainer of Viz Art Ink

2014 Art & Wind Festival Artwork

About the Artist
Gregg “Viz” Visintainer is an extreme doodle artist whose unique artwork contains hidden pictures, words and messages. He is a self-taught artist and is the youngest of three boys. He was born on February 29, 1984 in San Jose, CA. He always loved to draw as kid, but never thought he could pursue art as a career until recently. His unique style of drawing began when he was 15 years old, in high school. During class instead of listening and taking notes he was doodling.

Viz Art Ink is hand drawn, using pen and ink. From afar, there is a main image but up-close you will find hidden pictures, words, messages and a lot of meaning that relates to each theme. It takes Viz on average about 60-80 hours to complete an art piece. His style has gained recognition throughout Southern California and in the action sports industry. In the last three years he has worked with Element Skateboards, Volcom, DC Shoes, Dregs Skateboards, Skinit, Grateful Dead, Falken Tires, Disney and others. >>Visit his website to read his complete bio!

 

Meet some of the artists showcasing their wares at this year’s show:

Randall Beetle
Studio: Danville
Medium: Photography
His Art: Landscape photography with a passion for both land and sea
Creative Process: “I print all of my images using only high quality equipment and materials.  Every print is made using an Epson inkjet printer and dedicated Epson inks, with high quality glossy or semi-gloss papers. Through my photography I attempt to create images during those brief moments when all of the elements come together in a magical way.” Randall’s matted prints are formatted to fit standard frame sizes: 8x10, 11x14, 16x20 and 18x24. 

Deb Cassidy
Studio: Pleasant Hill
Medium: Lavender and linen
Her Art: Beautiful, charming French fabrics in tablecloths, kitchen linens and more, as well as soothing California lavender products including neck wraps, eye pillows and sachets.
Creative Process: Deb’s French tablecloths and kitchen linens show vibrant colors and lively patterns indicative of France's beautiful Provence region. Her tablecloths are available in different fabrics, all machine-washable and colorfast. Deb’s dried lavender products are created with family-grown organic lavender in northern California. Her line of creations includes eye pillows, neck wraps, and sachets for closets, drawers and laundry use.

Steven Albaranes
Studio: San Mateo
Medium: Real, exotic Butterflies
His Art: Butterflies mounted in acrylic displays

Creative Process: When Steven first became fascinated by the beauty of exotic butterflies, he was only interested in the ones with the most spectacular colors and the alluring looks. Though he had no desire to collect them, he did think that they could be arranged creatively and displayed as works of art – in the form of wall and table decorations. All the exotic butterflies in Steven’s art come from commercial butterfly breeding farms from around the world -- none of them are captured or killed for his art nor are any endangered species. With their life spans being approximately three weeks, they flourish in natural surroundings in enclosed plantations then die naturally. Once the butterflies are mounted in the airtight crystal clear acrylic displays, they are timelessly preserved for a lifetime of enjoyment.

For more information about the San Ramon Art and Wind Festival, call 925-973-3200.

Arts & Crafts booths are juried by Pacific Fine Arts, www.pacificfinearts.com, (209) 267-4394.