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Go Green: Celebrating Our Precious Earth

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Go Green: Celebrating Our Precious Earth

Painting by book author and illustrator Teri Sloat

By Kathleen McCallum

Sonoma County is known for both scenery and greenery and Montgomery Village will go green celebrating the importance of taking care of our precious earth at it’s annual Day on the Green at the Village, Saturday April 30 from 11a.m -4p.m.  We are committed to the concept that we all have a roll to play in promoting active stewardship of our planet so come down and celebrate Earth Day the Artists way! 

Join in this community tradition to learn about sustainable products and services, meet area non-profits that share Earth Day values, catch renowned musical acts and performance art, participate in a number of hands-on art activities. Award winning Artisans will have an Art Show and Sale Juried by Sandy Erickson and Danielle Elins of the Erickson Fine Arts Gallery in Healdsburg,  The 2016-Day on the Green Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Ruth Cardin.

Live Music

Sarah Baker and Mona Gnader kick off the festival with music from the Wa Girls followed by Sarah Baker and the Cake, bringing you some of the most talented and experienced musicians in the Bay Area Scene that features Sarah Baker, Levi Lloyd, Gary Silva, and Tim Haggerty. These seasoned players have rocked houses all over the world in genres of blues, rock, soul and funk, creating a feast for the ears!

Spring Lake Sunday by Robert BensonLive Art Workshops and Demonstrations

Some exciting additions to the festival this year are live art workshops and demonstrations. We are offering a step-by-step watercolor painting workshop by Master Painter Robert Benson at the festival. Robert came to Northern California in 2001 from Colorado where he was a successful art director and graphic designer for 25 years.  You can learn how to create realistic landscapes from a master! His class will take place from 12-2 in Village Court. Space is limited so contact Kathleen McCallum to sign up at artrep@sonic.net. The workshop price is $40. 

Well known book illustrator and author Teri Sloat will be doing a pastel painting demonstration, plein air painter Sterling Hoffmann will be painting from a live model and Dom Chi will be doing an airbrush demonstration. Dom’s art speaks of organic change, powerful Mother Nature, death and rebirth, to name only a few themes that illuminate his creations. While most of Don Chi’s year is spent on commissions and design work, painting large murals has been his latest endeavor like this one he painted at the Cooperage Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. 

Kid FUN & Good Cause Benefit

In our Kids Area, you’ll find, free henna painting and hands on activities for children of all ages intended to educate, entertain and inspire in the spirit of the Earth Day. Beverage Proceeds benefit Food for Thought who will be collecting peanut butter and jelly to help those in need.

 Admission is FREE.  Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Farmers Lane at Sonoma Ave in Santa Rosa. INFO: Kathleen McCallum: artrep@sonic.net.