As a sampling of some of the 51 new artists joining the show this year
Shawn Harris from San Francisco creates a world through photography that is too strange to exist but too real not to – a world that reminds us of our place in the animal kingdom. For more examples of his work, click here.
Sally Linville and Susan Ebright, of The City Girl Farm, will be bringing their ‘Chicken Footstools’ to Los Altos from Kansas City, MO for the first time. They create these life-like companions with bronze, wood, and fiber giving each one a unique name and making them available for adoption. Click here to see more adoptable ‘Chicken Footstools’
Sculpturist James Hill from Los Angeles joins the show this year. Hill takes stiff rigid, durable materials and turns them into fluid sensual art pieces. Ideal for contemporary spaces, they are a metaphor for life and the tough aspects of it as well as the soft, loving, expressive parts of life. Check out his website.
“Art show patrons would like to see some new, fresh art,” says Carol Dabb. Carol has been an Art Broker for over 30 years and this year’s show is definitely benefiting from her talents and her discerning eye. “They want a bigger variety, higher quality, so that’s what we are providing. This year we had the opportunity to recruit artists who usually show in the Beverly Hills Rotary Art Show. Normally Los Altos and Beverly Hills have their art shows on the same weekend, but not this year. Los Altos’s 41st Fine Art in the Park is going to be a reeeaallly great show!”
In addition to the 51 new artists there will be a ‘Like It to Win It’ contest where two attendees can win $100 toward their most prized art at the show. New to the food and beverages offered, Gordon Biersch will be serving hard cider in the beer booth, and there will be a wine glass give-away at the Edith end of the park. Added to the already exceptional entertainment there will be and new band this year, Seascape Sounds, a fresh jazz infused musical group.
100% of Rotary proceeds from Fine Art in the Park are used to fund a variety of socially significant projects around our local Bay Area, and around the world.
Locally, these 17 non-profit organizations were given grants during this current Rotary year: AAUW Teck Trek, ALearn, Bay Area Cancer Connections, Child Advocates, CSMA, East Palo Alto Kids (EPAK), Festival of Lights, Friends of Deer Hollow, Hope’s Corner, JustREAD, Kara, Los Altos Stage Company, Music for Minors, Next Door Solutions, STK Program, Vida Verde, and Ye Olde Towne Band.
Internationally, Rotary is active in more than 200 nations around the world. The Los Altos Rotary Club uses this network of colleagues to reach areas of need around the world. LARC’s international projects include:
- Empowering the people of Nepal with aid in earthquake recovery and practical solar technologies
- Working to prevent Mother-to-child AIDS transmission in Africa
- Providing solar lighting and water purification for school in Tanzania, Africa
- Promoting reading in remote villages in the Yucatan
- Teaching sustainable farming practices in Peru
Fine Art in the Park will open immediately following the Los Altos Pet Parade on Saturday morning and will be held from 10:00am-5:30pm on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Lincoln Park, Los Altos. Free parking is available at Los Altos High School and other locations with shuttle service to and from the park. For more information visit www.rotaryartshow.com.