The Martinez Arts Association brought SWAN Day to Martinez once again! For those of you who aren’t familiar with SWAN Day: Support Women Artists Now Day, it’s an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of Women’s creativity. (More information is available on the International Site at http://www.womenarts.org/swan/ .)
It was a free event featuring a diverse array of art and artists. The best part for the artists is the entry fee: FREE! Fees are often a deterrent for beginning artists, so this allows far more artists to display their creations. Perfect!
Some artists return annually while others test the waters and find their flow in another venue. This year I found beautiful handmade books, ceramics, wire-wrapped jewelry and ink on glass paintings. There were purses and photographs, singers and dancers, flamingos, paintings and metal sculpture.
The event was held at the Old Train Depot. In previous years many patrons skipped the depot and headed trough the booths in the parking lot beside it, so I started inside the depot and I was certainly not disappointed.
Of course, I had some personal favorites, like the books by Kathy Chin. They are incredible! She spends hours making each one: no two are alike. These have to be the perfect gift for the writer or sketch artist in your life. Her work can be found online on Facebook for now. Look for her to expand in the future.
Outside, a husband and wife sat in booths across from one another: he’s a photographer with amazing views of local sites and a few not so local places as well. She specializes in beautiful jewelry and fabric purses that can be used for all manner of occasions.
I saw so many beautiful items. Cyndy Wight of Metaling Maiden can make anything you can design and has created fabulous painted and rustic designs available on her website: www.Metalingmaiden.com. Her mermaids and flowers are lots of fun, but let your imagination run wild for her and think up the perfect design!
On my way out, I stopped back at Teresa Arnold’s booth. Her Ink on Glass is so unique that one found its way into my home. If you know me – you know it was blue! More of her beautiful work is available at http://www.teresaarnoldartist.com/ so drop by when you get the urge for more beauty.