The 2019 Redlands Festival or Arts brought together painters, sculptors, woodworkers and more to Redlands on Memorial Day Weekend.
An unusually large crowd visited the more than 100 booths on Saturday, many trying to avoid the rain forecast for Sunday.
The prospect of rain and gloom caused show managers to cancel the event on Sunday, the first cancellation in its 7-year history.
Nicholas P. Foschi, a Palm Springs-based artist who uses a mid-century modern color palette, displayed his art at the festival.
“With my technique, there's 14 layers of acrylic paint mixed with pastels. And what I do is I keep on spraying things so what you're actually seeing is the bottom color and it's been blended with all the other colors that I've put on top of it. So you wait until it's almost dry and then you start to scrape, and you get the colors. And a lot of these are architectural - buildings, bridges, things like that in there,” Foschi said.
Jason Mernick makes fine metal art. Instead of using paint to convey color, Mernick uses heat on metal.
“What makes it special is that it's done with a torch,” Mernick said. “I'm one of the guys that thinks that art begins when thought stops. So it's very spontaneous.”
Mernick said that his art is paradoxical - he uses an abrasive process to make delicate objects like flowers. According to Mernick, that makes it both masculine and feminine at the same time.
“I also describe myself as a shop artist. So it's guy art. I'm using an industrial, abrasive process to make flowers. A lot of my art is flowery also. So I'm using torches and equipment that you could use to build on an oil rig. So it's kind of rough and I like that part of it,” Mernick said.
Leeann Peterson is a fine artist based out of Sacramento who just recently graduated from art school. Her graduation ceremony was the Thursday before the Artfest. Then she made the 11-hour drive to Redlands to display her art.
“Now I'm kind of experimenting with finding my style. So I'm going back and forth between realism and abstract and I'm kind of playing around with color and depth. And I'm trying to evoke a mood with each painting. Each one I start with a color in mind, and then build off of that. Or a subject, like palm trees, if I'm doing something more representational,” Peterson said.
According to Peterson, the Redlands festival is a place to gain more experience in displaying and selling her art.
“This is my third show and I enjoy doing them,” Peterson said.
Jackie Charles makes metal art. One of her pieces was a 2,000-pound horse made out of various types of found metal such as scrap metal and old tools.
“Eighty percent of our material is found material, and I wouldn't say 'find' because we do pay for it. We're going to gear shops and Caterpillar repair facilities looking for old tractor equipment. So we are purchasing it, we do negotiate on prices to try to keep our costs down. We're trying to keep it out of the landfills and keep it from being melted down. Plus, we like the history. So you get to see a little bit of history along with the new creation, the new life,” Charles said.
Artist AmyLynn Dimaano displayed “hope boxes,” which are small decorated boxes intended to hold mementos and words of affirmation.
“My art is about bringing hope to people. So as you can see, everything has the word hope on it in some way, shape or form.
“These are hope boxes, and they're a tool for creating conscious positivity in your life so you can either put pieces of things you've written down in there that you want to create hope about, or things that you want to remember. It's just a little tool.”
But art isn't the only thing Dimaano does. She also practices music therapy in Redlands.
“When I'm not doing art I have a business, called H.O.P.E., which is a music therapy business here in Redlands.’