Nick Gonzalez grinned as the crowd gathered around his purple and green portrait of Albert Einstein. “Take as many pictures as you want because with the first rainstorm it’s gone!”
Gonzalez is one of eight street painters using the three block stretch of San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia and Olive as his canvas for the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival this weekend. Each artist will create a 10-foot by 10-foot street mural while 25,000 anticipated visitors watch and browse 90 other displays by exhibitors who travelled as far as 3,000 miles to participate in this biannual event.
Now in its tenth year, the festival attracts the finest painters, sculptors and photographers, as one would expect, as well as craftsmen who work in less traditional media. Displays this weekend include handmade soaps, jewelry, kaleidoscopes, and etched glassware, among other works of art. Alongside vibrant paintings and breathtaking photographs you’ll find one-of-a-kind displays for John Lennon and Pink Floyd vinyl albums, clothing and handbags with custom leatherwork, hand-carved onyx lamps, and wooden cutting boards that are so beautifully crafted you won’t want to take a knife to them!
Whether you’re looking to experience live art that will fade away with the first rainfall or you’re in search of an heirloom that can be enjoyed for generations, the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival has something for everyone. Don’t miss your chance to experience these amazing artists, including:
- Ed Coffman, who travelled all the way from the Hudson Valley of New York to exhibit his tables, mirror frames and wall art, which he creates using the technique of marquetry. Marquetry involves inlaying materials like wood and mother-of-pearl, piece by piece, to create pictures and designs.
- Kim Heath, a former key rigging grip for the motion picture industry who channeled his professional experience into an art form. Heath’s medium is metal, which he sculpts into works inspired by nature and the cosmos, colored only by the heat of his acetylene torch.
- Peter Daskaloff, an accomplished painter exhibiting his new style of acrylic paintings that incorporate vintage jewelry and other metal adornments, which creates a unique tactile as well as visual experience.
- Terry Hansen, whose style of crafting tables, chests, wall art, boxes, and more using hundreds of wood inlays in their natural colors to create abstract and geometric patterns has won him awards and accolades across the nation.
The Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival continues on Sunday, April 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. If you miss this weekend’s event, don’t worry: the festival is held twice a year, in spring and fall. The 2012 fall festival will take place on November 3 and 4, and will feature new artists and returning favorites.
For more information, go to www.downtown-burbank.org, or check back here for future updates.