Lonely wig wag has lost its other wig wag on the
other side of the tracks.
Sunday, August 21, was a beautiful day for the annual Art in the Park Festival sponsored by Arts of Point Richmond. It's a kind of party in the park by this great group of compatible artists and writers, most of whom live in Point Richmond, although they were all selling original art work or SOMETHING. They don't just get along: they actually seem to enjoy parking their canopies next to each other. This year the bank let us stay on the grass instead of forcing us out into the street because they had watered the grass the night before and it was too wet to walk in. So thanks very much to Mr. Connolley of the Mechanics Bank, which you can see in this photo right behind the famous only remaining wig wag.
Jean Brady, purveyor of Barefoot Books, wore
her butterfly mask because we were encouraged
to wear a costume, even though it was not
Halloween. I do not question this policy. I just belong
to the group. Somebody wanted to do this and there is no law against it.
I kept my face painting that I got yesterday in Oakland, so that
was my costume, plus my Obama inauguration sweatshirt.
When he's not making clocks (which
are on display in the Post Office window)
or promoting music festivals, Steve Hurst
likes to take photos, also.
Richard Melvin is the official helper and here he
is helping Warren Harris. He was giving Warren
directions on how to find a hotel room
at the Larkspur Courtyard by Marriott, since
the Mac only has one or two rooms that
I know about, though there is another
Days Inn motel right up the street. But Warren
wanted to stay in Marin which is not
very far away and is a very picturesque drive across
the bridge to Larkspur.
The name of the band is "Basic Beat."
There were only two entries in the
poster contest this year. This is
Jean Brady's entry, which came
in second. I am going to enter this
next year. Sorry about the reflection
on the glass.
This is Betty Tarr's entry. She won the contest. Sorry
again about the reflection on the glass.
These kids are getting trained early about how
to grab a friend and get a group photo. They are
Altha Humphrey deserves all the respect and thanks
she gets for organizing this group a few
years ago. Thanks for staying with it, Altha.
This is the work of Wende Heath, ceramicist.
Many of her ceramic pieces contain scrolls with
writing on them.
Here is Wende Heath with her art works.
Point Richmonder Richard Katz with his greyhound
whom he rescued. I like to write WHOM he rescued, instead of THAT he rescued, because I feel as though dogs are almost people. A chair or a table is a THAT, but a dog or a person is a WHOM.
Paula Carpenter and her incredibly cute son.
Sylvia Ledesma, who makes jewelry and
very dramatic T-shirts that show her
Hispanic culture which most people envy and respect.
These are Donny Carroll, Debby Conrad and
Mark Conrad in Mark's metal work art booth.
Notice the bells hanging from the sides
of the tent.
Ilza makes cards and handmade jewelry.
Ilza's bead work with a variety of beautiful colored
pearls, fit for royalty.
A subtle arrangement of beads.
My guess is that this rose is made
from precious metal clay.
This is one of many metal sculptures by
Joe Brooks that were on display.
It's called "gong" and someone
rang it while I was there. It produces
a very nice sound. I am sorry I do
not know who this person is.
This is Karen Seneferu, who was there
with her husband, Malik. Karen is an English
teacher who was grading papers in the sunshin.
Malik Seneferu helps at-risk youth
among his many talents, not the
least of which is painting.
This was not posed, honest! This is Linda Drake, the
powerhouse of energy behind this event and her
husband, who is a tall firefighter.
I do not know who these people are but they
have a really beautiful dog.
Everyone was glad to see John and Jean Knox.
John Knox is a former state Assemblyman and
speaker of the California State Assembly.
It's tough to be confined to a scooter but it's
better than staying home all the time!
Here is Betty Tarr, pleased as punch
about winning the poster contest. And well-
deserved, I must say.
Here Linda Drake is looking through
her prints of her beautiful colored pencil
Here I am am, yours truly intrepid reporter
wearing my own handmade copper food diary that I just finished silver-plating.
And also I am wearing my Obama inauguration sweatshirt
that I have only worn once before--my costume.
Of course people ask me, did you go to the inauguration? And my answer is, are you kidding? Do you think I could have stood there in the cold of January in Washington, DC, all day to see the inauguration? My toes would have frozen and fallen off. No I bought it a few months later when it was warm enough
for me to go visit my son in his nice DC apartment and go walk around and see the sights AFTER the president got into his office. I used to be a little bit vain about my appearance but I had to give that up too, after I gained 75 pounds in the last ten or 15 years. Now I'm on my way back down, but it seems
to be taking longer to lose it than it did to gain it.