Paint a water color. Try your hand at origami. Learn to quilt. Watch a woodworker inlay intricate designs in beautifully crafted wooden boxes. All this and more await you at the Redbud Arts and Crafts Festival, coming up on Mother’s Day weekend and sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers.
Visitors of all ages are invited to stop by the “Inspiration Stations” where they can learn to watercolor or create whimsical origami greeting cards. Kids have their own “Inspiration Station” where they can decorate a flower pot and fill it with a small plant, just in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday. Woodworking artist Ron Zanini will be demonstrating his distinctive wood inlay techniques.
Over 40 artists and crafters from the San Joaquin Valley and beyond will be on-site, and over a third of them are new to the Redbud Festival this year. Paul Owens of Springville offers innovative forged horseshoe art. Taylor Baskin of Fresno is showing impressive fine art photographic California landscape and metal prints. Gale Caldwell of Tehachapi Candle Company joins in with beautifully made candles and scented gifts.
Our returning artists are also looking forward to the Redbud Festival. Jana Botkin has a new coloring book with local and Sierra landscapes. Three Rivers weaver Nikki Crain is bringing her loom and brilliantly colored handwoven wearables and items for the home.
Ruth Wardwell returns with her “Top of the Hill” delicious preserves, and Elizabeth Mitchell’s “Cabochon Dreams” entices with distinctive original jewelry designs.
Scott Vaughn, Reedley Clay Works, has brought his unique pottery creations to the Redbud Festival for over 40 years and returns with beautiful new ones for 2016.
“The Inspired Stitch” is the theme for our second art quilt show. Some exquisite fabric art pieces are entered.
The Dancing Threads Quilt Group of Porterville is showing a special exhibition piece. Ten members of the group created individual art quilt panels that when hung together tell a story and at the same time depict each quilter’s inspired take on the theme of “Water.”
The Comfort for Kids folks will also be there to show how quilts are made and to display some of their wonderful creations sewn for kids at Valley Children’s Hospital.
Mother’s Day weekend is a perfect time for a relaxing meal on the patio. Friends and families can dine al fresco, listen to some talented local musicians, and recharge for more Redbud Festival fun. Popular vocalists Mankin Creek and guitarist Jeff Jay are among the diverse musical lineup.
Rounding out the event is the art exhibit by Three Rivers School students and a fantastic raffle supporting the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers scholarship fund for aspiring artists. There are five wonderful prize packages that include such treasures as a night at Wuksachi Lodge, gift certificates for meals, an hour massage, garden art, and a one-of-a-kind mosaic birdhouse created by Three Rivers artist Jerry Jonnum. Raffle tickets are on sale now from any Arts Alliance member and will also be available at the Redbud Festival.
In conjunction with the local monthly event known as 1st Saturday Three Rivers, the Redbud Festival is the perfect spot for a fun and inspired Mother’s Day celebration. The 42nd Redbud Arts and Crafts Festival runs Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For information about the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers and its annual Redbud Festival, visit artsalliancethreerivers.org.