I was trying to sell my copper and brass jewelry. And what could be more doggy than copper and brass jewelry straight out of community college? Of course I think it's beautiful. It's all original. As one lady said, "You can't go wrong with copper earrings."
The music was good. The bands were vvery danceable. People brought their kids who ran and scootered around the back door of the fire station, which makes a unsurpassed area for scootering, as long as the fire trucks aren't coming in or going out. If that fire station door opens, I would get out of that lot ASAP. Amazingly those little guys still had energy left to run around the back planter behind the community center at 8 p.m. after running and climbing on it since 5 pm. I wonder what they feed those kids. Maybe I should have some too.
at 4:30 p.m., people were still setting up. Malik, (r) was
getting stuff out of his car for his African painting booth.
Sylvia Ledezma (l) putting the finishing touches
on her jewelry display. Diane Lake (r) was back
with jewelry and cards.
Here's Malik with Richard Melvin who ran the
Arts of Point Richmond booth.
Mr. and Mrs. Fanta, who sell African art.
Big dogs, little dogs and inbetween-size dogs.
David Moore walking the dog. It was not his dog.
It was someone else's dog.
Jon and Trish Bledsoe.
He's a photographer
and Airforce veteran.
The crowd was starting to gather. Note
the lady with her back turned, wearing six
inch heels. Most of us cannot do that
anymore, if we ever could. You have to admire
anyone who can actually walk in those.
Handsome dog watching his owners back.
This Westie is getting a lot of attention from me.
You'll see what I mean in a minute.
These dogs were all very calm.
This is a purebred cocker spaniel. They have
long, floppy ears which pick up burrs and
bristles everywhere. But they sure are pretty.
This is typical Westie stance, leading with
A lap dog knows his place in life.
Planning commissioner Jeff Lee, an always
The long distance lens caught festival organizer
Sydney Mettrick and city councilman Corky Booze.
Sydney has a PhD in art therapy. Corky is
retired Airforce. It would never occur to them
to worry about someone taking their photo talking to
someone they weren't married to. It's called
freedom of association. How could anyone
conduct business if they can only talk to
their spouse and other people of the same gender?
They can't. It's impossible. Even a
grocery store clerk has more freedom than that.
They say the people with the biggest toys
usually win. I don't even pretend to compete with
equipment this large.
Jon Bledsoe seems to enjoy being part of the
Arts of Point Richmond group. How did we get
so lucky to have him in our group?
Another handsome dog.
Pam DeWitt running the official
music festival booth.
They had a couple of good bands. This is their
10-year anniversary or birthday whatever you call it,
of giving these outdoor concerts. Where did the
time go? I thought it was going to last forever,
and then I got old.
This is typical of Westies. They like being picked
up so much, that it's hard to refuse them
that pleasure even though they
weigh about 20 pounds--not really lap dog size.
Jay says hello (or maybe it's goodbye?)
This is Amanda Elliot who runs Mainstreet, which
has its own summer music festival on
Wednesday afternoons at Harbor way and
12th Streets, Richmond, CA.
Nice pose, huh? If you back off a little,
and squint, it looks like the dog is standing
on a slanted board.
Our legs must look like a moving forest to them.
This is a kid's dog.
This little Italian Grehound (on the left) is favoring
it's left front foot.
Sylvia Ledezma is checking
her original T-shirts which have
a Mexican-American cultural symbol of a skull,
because of her Mexican heritage, and
some which have an original Rosie the Riveter
design, because of her own experience
working in the building trades.
I enjoyed hearing about her art degrees
from California College of Arts and Crafts and
Cal Berkeley. Mine are all from San Francisco State.
She also has hats, caps and jewelry for sale.
Diane Lake (l) showing her jewelry to Judy
Rattner (r). In addition to selling cards and
jewelry, Diane Lake is an accomplished
botanist who has edited field guides to
local wildflowers. Judy runs Park Day Summer
Arts Camp, where I volunteered all summer
one summer a few years ago. I think it's
a wonderful place for a child to enjoy being creative
for a week or two in the summer.
At the end of the day sometimes things are
just too much to bear and it's important to
get a hug from someone bigger
and stronger than you