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Altadena, Sierra Madre plan a May filled with art

Beautiful art, beautiful setting for Arts on Palm in May
Beautiful art, beautiful setting for Arts on Palm in May
Courtesy Art on Palm

Whether a festival that supports local artists and craftsmen, a fundraising fair for a community library, or cutting-edge art by older women, May in the northwest San Gabriel Valley is packed with art.

First up is the 52nd annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s art fair on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. More than 95 artists will be on hand, and many have donated unique pieces to be auctioned off to benefit the library. The silent auction will end at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be activities for children, food trucks, and live music as well. The featured artist is Beverly Jones, whose designs and craftsmanship made her the first jeweler to be given this honor. Proceeds from the art fair benefit the resources and programs of the Sierra Madre Library. For more information, call (626) 355-7186 or visit sierramadrelibraryfriends.org.

The Altadena Library is mounting an exhibit named “Edgy Women over 40,” challenging the idea that cutting-edge art is created only by young artists. The exhibit is sponsored by The Haggus Society, a local arts collection, in partnership with Altadena Library. It will be held in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room at the library throughout the month, May 3-30 with an opening reception on May 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibit features Ellen Freyer, Jeannie Frias, Karen Joy, Karina Bania, Melissa Lambert, Lodiza Lepore, Susie Stockholm, Véronique Gambier and Tina Ybarra. Contact Tina Wallin at (626) 798-4033 for more information.

Art on Palm, a uniquely Altadena art and crafts festival, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the first of its semi-annual events on Saturday, May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1421 E. Palm Street, Altadena at the end of road called Wild Wood Park. More than 40 artists, craftsmen and musicians will participate.

Funds go to support the Creative Arts Group of Sierra Madre. Past events have raised a total of more than $15,000 for the Greater L.A. Fisher House. Art on Palm is a free, dog- and kid-friendly event in a beautiful natural setting under ancient oaks.

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