Decorative and functional ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, boutique-quality wearables, shimmering glass vessels, recycled metal work, whimsical sculptures, hand-carved woodwork, handwoven quilts, dramatic photography, stunning fine art paintings — you’ll find all of this and more at the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, August 31-September 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Broadway. It’s an art lovers delight with 250 of the west coast’s finest artists and craftsmakers setting up shop every Labor Day weekend for a fabulous al fresco show. Enjoy a lovely sun-splashed weekend browsing and strolling among colorful, well-stocked booths and meet the extraordinary artists who do the work.
From the crisp, snow-capped mountains of Yosemite to purple blankets of tulips, Anna Popa captures nature’s most magnificent masterpieces. She travels to magnificent destinations to photograph picturesque scenes and gorgeous flowers. Melinda Lu is a former dancer who channels her passion for dance into her extraordinary paintings of delicate ballerinas. “I like to quietly appreciate the dancers, who use their bodies to interpret their hearts and to interpret the beauty of the world,” explained the artist, who works with bold acrylic paint. “I find inspiration from their bodies and let my brush fly on the canvas. Every ballerina painting shares their success and hard work.” Chuba Oyolu is inspired by musical legends including Ray Charles, Tina Turner John Lennon. His lively, contemporary acrylic paintings capture the energetic personalities of these celebrities who, in their unique ways, changed the world. Talk about a conversation piece!
According to jeweler Kathy Kamei, "If I can create jewelry that inspires people to break from the pack and celebrate their own uniqueness, that’s the most exciting thing I can ever hope to do in my work.” Kathy started her company after an amazing trip to Bali, and her gorgeous silver and 18K gold vermeil pieces are actually created by hand in Bali. Snuggle into a soft, flowy cardigan by Monica Wright. Her lightweight, wrinkle-free fashions come in all sorts of fall colors and are perfect for travel. From mermaids to alpacas, birches to butterflies, Sierra Amelia and Connor Fox Bow make earrings, pendants and bracelets from mini watercolor paintings. Their magical pieces are coated in resin to protect them.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Stephanie Sullivan creates incredibly realistic butterflies from recycled plastic bottles. Her hand-drawn and hand-painted works of art accent magnets, mobiles, headbands, lapel pins, scientific displays, pens and pencils. Utilizing various metals—stainless steel, steel, copper, aluminum, bronze and brass—Hector Perez finishes his tropical sculptures using heat, patina and abrasives. “Our passion is to shape metal, and we view each work that we create as an individual with a personality of its own,” he explained. From clever phrases and clocks to service signs and wildlife art, Pat Lafferty’s sturdy metal cut-outs will bring a bit of whimsy to any space. He uses a faux copper finish to accent each piece.
Thanksgiving reimagined: Set a stunning table with beautiful placemats, napkins and table-runners designed by Melissa Huntsman. Choose from an array of fall themes bursting with floral patterns and wine country themes. Melissa also sews spectacular quilts. Keep your winter coats and school backpacks organized with a wooden coat rack by Martha Rogers. Her wooden racks come in all sorts of colors and are decorated with imaginative scenes. It’s not too early to shop for holiday ornaments! Orinda Sears makes personalized Christmas ornaments with all sorts of themes for the entire family, even pets. “Every year I’m excited to design new styles and add to our collection,” she said. “I feel so lucky to be able to share these ornaments. I love the challenge of coming up with the perfect ornament for customers and seeing how happy it makes them.”