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Fabulous Festival Draws a Crowd

Beautiful artwork, satisfying food, sunny weather -- the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts was perfect on all accounts.


There was something for everyone at the 31st Annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts over the weekend.

College students could afford handmade jewelry and hand-turned ceramic pieces for less than $50, while homeowners seeking statement pieces could plunk down thousands of dollars and haul off a sculpture.

Colleen Hudgens of Santa Clara was buying brightly colored ceramic dishes. She’s a huge fan of the festival. “I love seeing the artists because we can talk with them. This festival is well organized and has high quality stuff.”

The artists were equally appreciative of the festival-goers. Rachel Shultz came up from Los Angeles to sell her paintings. “Bay Area people have an amazing appreciation of art. Festivals are well-supported by the local community—some coming from 40 minutes away. It’s a really engaged audience.”

Down the street at one of the two entertainment stages, a trio had the audience smiling and tapping their feet while singing “Midlife Crisis,” an original song by Steve Hohstadt.

The biggest crowd was at the Children’s Art Area, where tiny tots inspired by the professional artists could express themselves with paintbrushes and more.

Free festival programs were distributed which included an Artist Directory organized by categories, along with the booth number where they could be found.  The art booths were along University Avenue, with the Children’s Art Area, a chalk art competition, and other special activities on the side streets.

There were plenty of food booths, along with beer and wine booths. Restaurants and shops that line University were also doing a brisk business.

The two-day festival was sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.


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Chris Parkinson August 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
What no prizes? Stay tuned for something tremendous!
Diana Darcy August 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I always look forward to this festival, and it was indeed as good as usual. However, please bring back the bike parking!!!

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