The 51st annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s art fair will be held in Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in the city of Sierra Madre on Saturday, May 4, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 5, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM. More than 95 artists will be displaying and selling their fine art during the weekend, including our featured artist, David Van Noppen, whose glass creations have been represented in galleries around the world. His glassblowing skills have been highlighted in prestigious art magazines and his works are indeed pleasing to both sight and touch. Make sure to stop by his booth to admire his lovely creations and to purchase a unique piece of art.
At this time, forty of the artists have donated lovely one-of-a-kind pieces to be auctioned off in a Silent Auction which means that you’ll have a chance to bid on some really beautiful artwork. The auction will begin on Saturday and end at 4:30 Sunday when the winners will be announced.
For the children, the Creative Arts Group has planned an imaginative craft activity from 10:00am-4:00pm both days. Participants will have an opportunity to make Chinese dragon kites that they can take home as a souvenir of the fair.
Live music will be featured throughout the weekend. Our line up so far includes Steve Trovato playing country jazz guitar and Nick Ariondo playing continental classical accordion in the band shell on Saturday while Ann Luke and her Wayward Boys will be playing Celtic music on the back lawn. Sunday’s lineup in the band shell will include Jean Sudbury and Reuben Ramos playing world music with a Latin flavor on the violin, mandolin, and guitar and Jessica Pierce and Almer Imamovic playing classical flute and guitar with on old style European flair. On the back lawn Sunday the acoustic band Banna Baeg Mall will be playing Celtic-influenced music.
A food court will offer a variety of food and drinks provided by local non-profit groups as well as food vendors. You’ll be able to purchase everything from hot dogs and pizza to nachos and tamales to potstickers and egg rolls. And of course, the Friends will be selling their famous homemade quick or sweet breads.
So plan to spend a day with us, strolling through the park admiring and purchasing unique artwork done in a wide variety of mediums, listening to lovely music, and feasting on scrumptious lunches or snacks. Proceeds from the Art Fair benefit the resources and programs of the Sierra Madre Library. For more information, call 626 355-7186 or visit our website at sierramadrelibraryfriends.org.