Cultural Festival at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

baskets-1001439_640On Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th, people gathered at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to enjoy a cultural festival. The festival included food, basketry and cultural traditions of Native people from the Americas.

The program included cooking demonstrations and tastings by Native chefs from across the US including Lois Ellen Frank, a James Beard Award winner. People learned Hopi Piki making and Yurok Alder roasted salmon making. People also learned about basking weaving with top weavers from across the US and Mexico including acclaimed weaver Terrol Dew Johnson.

Partners of the program included: American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), Native American Culinary Association (NACA), Tohono O’odham Cultural Center & Museum and the Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA).

Learn more about the festival and get the entire schedule here.


The Grove Holiday Arts and Craft Faire in Chicago

soap-601239_640The Grove Holiday Arts and Craft Faire, co-sponsored by The Grove Heritage Association and the Glenview Park District, is marking its 30th anniversary with an eight day event. The event will support the Grove, a 143 acre nature and historic landmark site and outdoor history musuem.

As Grove Program Supervisor Kris Van Voorhis said, “Coming to The Grove Arts and Craft Faire is an experience, just being here, the grounds decorated so beautifully – at night it’s like walking through a holiday wonderland. We have customers that come from out of town to visit friends or family, who center their visit around our show, and in 2014 we averaged 4,000 shoppers over the eight-day event.”

The preview night will take place on November 4th from 5-9pm and the fair will then continue from November 5-8 and 12-15. The fair will be on Thursdays and Fridays from 10-8 and then Saturdays and Sundays from 10-5pm.

Van Voorhis continued, “This year in the Holiday House, the room will reflect stepping into a warm and cozy Christmas set in someone’s home. Some of our exhibitors have been with us for years, and by changing some of the themes each year, it keeps them thinking of new merchandise to create. Exhibitors are chosen based on handmade quality and uniqueness.”

55 exhibitors will be present at the fair showing everything from ornaments and wearable garments to jewelry, handbags and soaps. Many arts and crafts tends will be represented, like burlap and lace.

Van Voorhis said “Our customers are drawn to natural products, to hand-crafted and rustic items that will help them create a homey traditional holiday, giving warmth and a comforting feeling of home. Many begin their holiday shopping season at The Grove fair, where we try to re-create a setting that rekindles memories of childhood and Christmases past.”

PAD London Exhibits a Treasure Trove of Fine and Decorative Art

Cycladic Marble Plate from Phoenix Ancient Art

Cycladic Marble Plate from Phoenix Ancient Art

The Pavilion of Art and Design, more often referred to as PAD, has been thrilling art collectors and interior designers with its eclectic mix of fine art and decorative art since its founding in 2007. This popular art fair takes place each year in the month of October in Berkeley Square, in the heart of London’s Mayfair district.

This year PAD will feature 62 prestigious galleries exhibiting their wares in such specialty niches as contemporary ceramics, modern art, photography and much more. The Magen H Gallery will display its fine selection of 20th century concepts in design; rare jewelry and gemstones will be offered by Siegelson; eye-catching objets d’art of the 1930s, 40s and 50s will be on display courtesy of Gordon Watson.

Speaking of objets d’art from the past, Phoenix Ancient Art, which participated in PAD for the first time last year, will show off select pieces of quite old artifacts from their extensive collection. Explaining why PAD is the perfect place for Phoenix Ancient Art to exhibit, Director Ali Aboutaam says it is because PAD “is the most ‘object-oriented’ show, with several dealers in antiquities, tribal art and Pre-Columbian art, balanced with other fine and decorative arts.”

This year’s PAD London will run from October 14-18, 2015.

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival


If you’ve never been to Stowe, Vermont, this just might be the time to go. Right now, as the leaves change and the air grows crisp it’s a glorious time to be in the State. And the 31st Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival will be taking place from October 9-11 at the Stowe Events Field. Over 190 exhibitors will be on hand selling their handcrafted work. Work includes everything from home decor and kitchen ware to fine art and heirlooms. The Specialty Food Tent will have Vermont wine and spirit makers, jams, salsas, maple syrup and more.

Entertainment at the fair will include: Spencer Lewis, Storm Cats and Brent McCoy and the Contois School of Music and Brent McCoy. Come and see what it’s all about.

Fall Family Festival at Sea Isle

If you’re in New Jersey this weekend you’ll want to enjoy the Fall Family Festival at Sea Isle. This is a two day family-friendly affair on September 19th and 20th with a Seaside Vendor Craft market on the oceanfront Promenade. There will also be live music by the A-List Band and many free family activities.

The annual Sand Sculpting Demonstration will take place on the JFK Boulevard at 9am.

On Sunday, the 20th, the fun will continue with the Gerard A. Desiderio Antique Auto Show. There will also be Free Guided Historical Trolley Tours every half hour in front of the Excursion Park.

Enjoy the weekend and get more details here.

David Bershad: Supporting Culture and Film

film-596519_1280David Bershad is among the supporters of the 2015 Montclair Film Festival (MFF). This festival has been running since 2012 and takes place in Montclair, New Jersey. It is a community-based festival. Bershad supports other community activities like this. This festival is behind a variety of events including: Kidz Shortz Filmmaking Competition and Workshops for youth ages 9–18, Free African American Heritage Month screenings and Free Summer Series Under the Stars. All of these are in line with a lot of the philanthropy that David Bershad has participated in over the years.
There is quite a lot of excitement and anticipation in preparation for this year’s MFF. For example, the co-joining of JJ Abrams and Stephen Colbert on November 21 in “Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams: Celebrity Nerd-Off!” This will be a discussion of their works and creative influences. Some have even termed the event a “nerd off,” but irrespective of what it is called, the audience is sure to go home laughing.
And that’s what it’s all about…culture, fun, laughter and supporting community causes. It’s a great cause for philanthropist Bershad to support.

Upper Arlington Art Festival Worth the Visit

If you’re near Upper Arlington, Ohio over labor day, you will be in for a treat. More than 150 artists and 25,000 visitors will enjoy the 49th annual Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts festival. The festival will include one rather unique painter, Duane C. Palmo. Palmo, a 40-year Upper Arlington resident, died at the age of 72 recently and his work will be posthumously included in the festival. After his death, his wife found hundreds of completed but unframed paintings which will be on display.

All proceeds from the sale of his works at the festival will benefit the Duane C. Palmo Saturday Morning Scholarship Fund at the Columbus College of Art & Design. The scholarship is intended to develop future generations of artists through CCAD’s Saturday Morning Art Classes program.

Last year, the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival was named one of Sunshine Artist magazine’s “14 Contenders for 2014.” The event will take place from 10-5 on Monday, September 7th at Northam Park in Upper Arlington.

Summer Festivals in Vermont

covered-bridge-380719_640Vermont has some of the best art festivals in the entire country, and the 54th Annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festivals are certainly part of this list. On August 8-9, and then again on October 10-11, people can enjoy the scene with food, music, craft demonstrations, kids activities and so much more.

The Art in the Park festival has been named one of the “Sunshine Artist 200 Best” and voted Rutland Herald’s Best of the Best in the category of Best Arts Festival.

This is one festival you won’t want to miss.

Art at the Sanctuary

This is a beautiful idea. Enjoy the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary while having a great time at an art fair. You can be part of this fun on June 27-28 where the Sanctuary will host a weekend art fair. The fair includes fine arts, crafts, live music, nature programs and more.

The event takes place at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, 92676 and costs only $5 per person. More than 40 artists will be part of the two-day fair. Wine tasting and barbecue will also be available for those in attendance for a fee and people can enjoy presentations from Wolf Totem Ambassadors and Reptile Rescue Orange County.

As Karon Cornell, director of Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, said “This annual summertime event is a way to introduce the community to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and also helps to support all the programs we have to offer children and adults throughout the year.”

Maple Valley Days Festival in Seattle

If you happen to be in Seattle next month, you’ll want to enjoy the Maple Valley Days festival from June 12-14. This festival draws between 10-15,000 visitors each year and has 120 food and vendor booths. There are 75 parade entrants, carnival rides and more.

It all started in 1050 when a group got together at the Gaffney’s Lake Wilderness Lodge to celebrate and raise funds to buy the area’s first fire engine. Firemen sold tickets for one dollar each with the hope of raising $1000. They managed to raise the funds and the yearly event was born. The festival moved to Lake Wilderness Park in 1998, which became the property of The City of Maple Valley in 2003.

Learn more about the event and have a blast!

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