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11th Annual Fine Arts Fair at the Gualala Arts Center

  • Gualala Arts Old Stage Road Gualala, CA, 95445 United States (map)

     Gualala Arts will host the 11th Annual Fine Arts Fair at the Gualala Arts Center on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 from 10:00am to 4:00pm both days. Admission is free.
     More than a dozen vendors will fill the Arts Center grounds during this Memorial Day Weekend fair that also features delicious food, live music, face painting and clay projects for kids.

     Enjoy fish tacos, chicken and tofu satay, fresh stacked sandwiches, and homemade ice cream sandwiches for dessert while listening to local musical artists in and around the Redwood Grove events area.

     Participating vendors include Walt Rush, Walt Rush Studios, jewelry; Jeffrey Nelson, Hudson River Inlay, wood furniture; Ling-Yen Jones, Ling-Yen Designs, jewelry; Stuart Ratcliff, Ratcliff Drawings, cards & prints; Charles Ross, Benzvi Woodwork, wood designs; Jan Maria Chiappa, Which Craft Workshop, ceramics and fiber arts; Harald Nordvold, Viking Pottery, ceramics; Shizuko and Toshi Shichishima, Cisco Collection; Florence Hori, Masami, jewelry; Cathy Sue Riehm, glassworks; Hillary Schneider, Pearls of Wisdom Design, jewelry; Felicity Waterman, Kimara Fiber Arts; and others.

     “Last year’s festival was a great success and we are looking forward to enjoying a fun weekend as we head into our busiest time of the year,” said Executive Director David “Sus” Susalla.

     Also on this three-day weekend, the Gualala Arts Local Eyes series presents the Artists at Albatross Reach in what is becoming their annual Memorial Day concert.

     Each year, curators and founders of Artists at Albatross Reach Jennifer Beattie, a mezzo-soprano from Philadelphia and Adam Marks, a pianist from New York City, invite artists from varying fields and communities to collaborate and create new works at a retreat space on The Sea Ranch.

     Tickets to the concert in Coleman Hall at 1:00pm on Monday, May 28, are $15 in advance, $5 for youth age 7 to 17. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-838-3006 or in person at Gualala Arts Center and the Dolphin Gallery.

     This year’s guest artists, along with Beattie and Marks, are composer and sound artist Jason Charney of Baltimore, Md., sound artist Ryan McMasters from Pittsburgh, Pa., film artist Jenny Perlin of New York, and violist (viola) Diana Wade from Los Angeles.

     Artists at Albatross Reach is an arts residency/incubator located on The Sea Ranch created and co-directed by Beattie, a mezzo-soprano vocalist, and Marks, a pianist.  The pair have developed a unique collaborative process meant to champion the development of new multidisciplinary works, as well as provide a rich environment for curious community members and local artists to explore and participate in the art-making.

     Past pieces premiered during the annual Memorial Day concert have gone on to have national and international performances. Juraj Kojs’ concept, The Black Queen, will have it’s full premiere with Jennifer and Adam in Miami this September. Jon Irabagon has developed the pieces premiered on this concert in 2017 into an evening length work featuring all of the 2016-2017 Artists at Albatross Reach team that will premiere in Brooklyn in June. We hope the new works presented on this concert will also continue their growth beyond Gualala, but you have the opportunity to see them first.