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Fine Art Festival at the Village - Art for Life’s Sake


Fine Art Festival at Montgomery Village

Art for Life’s Sake

By Kathleen McCallum

Montgomery Village invites you to Indulge in art at the Fine Art Festival at the Village and celebrate Art For Life’s Sake. Montgomery Village remains committed to community engagement through the arts and emphasizes the benefits the arts play on the human spirit and it’s universal betterment for all of us.

Jacques Saint Dizier of Saint Dizier Design in Healdsburg is the juror of this year’s art show. Architectural Digest magazine has voted him as one of the top hundred interior designers in the world twice. Community artists are excited to have him participating and are curious to see his artistic taste as a designer.

As the coordinator of the festival and artist representative, I applaud the wonderful array of talented artists in the area and encourage the community to buy ART locally as gifts and to surround themselves with fine things. I I’m amazed at how art builds and enriches a community. Living here in art and wine country makes it easy to see why Sonoma County is such a desired travel destination! Let’s Go Local and support our talented Artists and keep them a vital part of our community!

Clark Mitchell, Some welcomed additions to the artist line-up this year include Clark Mitchell, one of the most revered artists in California. Clark has been designated a master pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and distinguished pastelist by the Pastel Society of the West Coast. He has received numerous awards in local as well as national competitions and has works included in collections internationally.

Michael Palace is an amazing designer who specializes in taking recycled and otherwise discarded woods and bringing it to life in the sculptural furniture creations.

Wood enthusiast Mary Jarvis focuses on preserving the memory of tree ring designs by documenting as many of their portraits as she can. Pleasurable incongruities present themselves when canvases are placed in contiguous alignment.

Linda Schroeter has been painting since her teens. She owns Russian River Atelier where she immerses herself in traditional painting and teaches her students with hands on guidance.

James Reynolds, Master Painter James Reynolds see’s his art as transformative, saying “My job as an artist is to paint with passion and sensitivity, to bring all the experience and skill that I can muster to try to create works of lasting quality. I hope the viewer will resonate with the work, perhaps even finding solace and healing.”

Other highlights include live music by The Gypsy Trio followed by The J Silverheels Band. Additionally there will be two jazz funk performances from the Katherine Wheeler Dancers. And for kids of all ages, there will be an art activities table from Sam Sirdofsky’s Creative Foundations and Balloon Art. Proceeds from all wine, beer and ,beverage sales benefit Rancho Cotate Music Booster Program. This is a FREE event. For more information: