Fiesta de Artes: Exploring Los Gatos’ Finest Arts, Food & Wine

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    Potato heads at the Los Gatos art & wine festival.

    Last weekend, Clint and I were fortunate enough to catch the Los Gatos’ Fiesta de Artes organized by the Kiwanis Club. The annual event is similar to the many art & wine festivals that hit the Bay Area during the warm season. The event took place August 16-17 from 10 am – 6 pm and admission is free.

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    Entrance of the Fiesta de Artes. Admission is free!

    There was great food from a selection of Los Gatos restaurants with proceeds going to support The Teen Center, live music, wine and of course unique art work and crafts.

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    Clint & Loni, self portrait. This mirror has elaborate wood inlays.

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    Oil paintings of various fruits and vegetables. I liked these vibrant pieces but Clint was not crazy about them.

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    There was a booth promoting El Dorado Ranch, a development near San Felipe on the Baja Peninsula. One gets there by flying into LAX or San Diego and driving down (~2 hours). We got some additional information and were invited to an informational dinner late August. We may check it out and report on the details of this development.

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    Locaton of El Dorado Ranch, along the Sea of Cortez, north of Loreto Bay development.

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    The radio station Mix 106.5 was there. I listen to them every morning driving to the Adobe office.

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    Interesting sculptures, not our style but did get Clint and I thinking about getting some 3-Dimensional artwork for our home.

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    Metal artwork. We have seen similar styles in the little stores in Loreto.

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    Beautiful glass artwork made into jewelry. We ended going back to this place and getting a birthday gift.

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    Some breathtaking photography.

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    Still shopping for gifts – examining some pretty toe rings.

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    Unique paperweights and necklaces made by immersing bugs into clear lucite.

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    Recycling vintage silver spoons and using them to make jewlery – what whimsy!

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    Trendy reuseable bags – these types of bags are really becoming fashion statements.

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    This booth was one of the most curious at the festival, I just had to get a little closer to see how the priorietor of this booth made these wine bottle creations.

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    Empty bottles of wine are processed by taking off the label (carefully) and melting the bottle flat using a high temperature oven. Once this is done, the lable is then put back on.

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    Clint wanted to take this picture because he thought the sign right above me was quite funny.

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    These bells are made from empty compressed air cannisters. A unique idea and the sounds from these bells are surprising soothing.

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    Fancy soaps, reminded me of the store Lush.

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    What’s nice about purchasing something at the festival is that the staff in the booths are usually also the owners/artists.

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    Glass pendants.

    The season for art & wine festivals is not over. There are several coming up in September and October including:

    Sept 6-7: Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, Castro Street, Mt. View
    Sept 6-7: Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Capitola Village By the Sea
    Sept 13-14: Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival, Central Park, Santa Clara
    Sept 21: Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival, Camden Ave, San Jose
    Oct 18-19: Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Oct 18-19: Danville Fall Crafts Festival, Hartz Avenue, Downtown, Danville

    Well, back to watching the Olympic basketball finals with Clint. Time 1:15 am PST, score is USA 111, ESP 104.

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