Many local artisans gather several times a month at Arts and Crafts fairs throughout Southern California. They are committed to their art and want to share their vision with the visitors at these delightful events. As the spring weather approaches, numerous events have commenced and will continue through late fall in a number of communities. All of these areas offer the visitor additional activities including restaurants, historic sites, unique shops and in some, views of the ocean. It is a wonderful way to spend a day browsing the booths of local artists and exploring the surroundings.
The Second Saturday Art Fair in San Juan Capistrano started this month on March 13. Throughout the town are enclaves of white tents, flags, music shows, adopt-a-pet programs and much more. Every month through December, arts and crafts vendors set up spaces with their unique items to purchase. It is worth attending often as favorite vendors will return each month and new ones will appear. Most prominent were the distinctive arrays of jewelry; where no two pieces appear the same, displaying the stamp of individuality and uniqueness of each artist. Other booths included soy candles, distinctive woven scarves, oil paintings, sculptures, pottery, and photographs. There is something for all! The vendors and artists are wonderful to speak with about their enthusiasm for their work, to learn how they began their craft, and where they have travelled.
Remaining 2010 show dates for Second Saturday Art Fair in SJC are:
• April 10 •May 8 • June 12 • July 10 • August 14 • September 11 • October 9 • November 13 • December 11
Not to be missed while in town, is the beautiful Mission at San Juan Capistrano. Also planned for the second Saturday of each month, is Living History Day at the Mission, which brings alive the many individuals throughout history that lived or worked there. Dressed in period style, are Native Americans, the founding Spanish padres, soldiers, weavers and gold miners. Open 11am to 3pm, the demonstrations are included with the entrance fee to the Mission.
Within walking distance of the Art Fair is the Los Rios Historic District, considered the oldest neighborhood in California. Although many residences are private ones, a walk along the small roads under shady willows is reminiscent of a long ago era. There are several examples of early adobe homes built for workers when the Mission was founded in the late 1700’s. Many of the other homes in the district were built by town residents at the turn of the last century. Zoomars Petting Zoo is an enjoyable stop for young children.
There are many such events happening each month in Southern California; below are listed a few…hopefully one in your backyard! Enjoy a sunny day outing to view the wonderful and creative work done by your neighbor artists; take home a photo or painting to display or buy a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift to a favorite person!
San Clemente: Village Art Fair held on the first Sunday of every month
Huntington Beach: Huntington Beach Farmer's Market and Art Fair held every Friday from 12 to 5 p.m.
Silver Lake/Los Angeles: The last weekend of every month
Laguna Beach: Varying dates Feb-Jun and Sep-Nov