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Festival Overview

Editor

Bruce Barton

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Magazine Editor

Pete Borello

Designer

Mary Watanabe

Writers

Nancy Dunaway

Pete Borello

Festival Tips

Copy Editors

Joan Garvin

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Colleen Schick

Sales Staff

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KathyLera

Dawn Pankonen

Food Court

Janice Torrecampo

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Ad Services Director

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Ad Services

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Janine O’Neill

Mary Watanabe

Marilyn Winans

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Associate Publisher

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Wineries Page 15

Family Fun Zone Page 23

Upcoming magazines Home & Garden Publishes: Aug. 29

Living in Los Altos

Entertainment

Publishes: Sept. 26

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Home for the Holidays Publishes: Nov. 14

Artist Profiles Pages 41 & 49

Also Inside: • Festival History, Page 54 • City History, Page 57 • Bicycle Parking, Page 60

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festival overview

Festival marks 33rd year of crafts, wine, food & entertainment

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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is in its 33rd year. The annual event raises awareness of downtown businesses and generates funds for schools and charitable organizations.

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n 1979, the Los Altos Village Association, a not-forprofit organization, held its inaugural Arts & Wine Festival to raise funds for events and programs that promoted the downtown business district. The inaugural event was a small crafts fair staged in a parking plaza. More than three decades later, the festival features more than 375 arts and crafts booths, two food courts and three stages of free live music and entertainment. The festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a dance concert slated 6-8 p.m. Saturday. The Family Fun Zone returns as well, offering games, crafts and entertainment aimed at children. Local organizations and businesses are crucial to the success of the festival, according to LAVA Executive Director Nancy Dunaway. She added that LAVA is particularly grateful for the ongoing support of Main Stage sponsor and local retailer Walgreens. This marks the 10th year Walgreens has been on board as a sponsor. First Tech Federal Credit Union sponsors the Community Plaza Stage this year, while downtown partner Page 6 | Arts & Wine Festival Magazine | July 11, 2012

Passerelle Investment Co. sponsors the Family Fun Zone and the Family Fun Zone Stage for the second consecutive year. Passerelle’s staff hosts a booth near the Family Fun Zone offering tips on bicycle safety and safe routes, along with maps of downtown Los Altos listing shops, businesses and other useful information. Dunaway said festival organizers appreciate the support and involvement of other community groups and organizations, including the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. GreenTown Los Altos is set to staff the free Bike and Stroller Valet Parking Corral, located across from the Family Fun Zone on Third Street. For the sixth year, Pacific Fine Arts of Pine Grove brings nearly 400 artisans and craftspeople to the festival, offering a wide variety of artwork, jewelry and crafts. Pacific Fine Arts co-owners Dana and Troy Hale-Mounier are dedicated to showcasing the best and brightest of the festival world to Los Altos every year, according to Dunaway. So many artisans apply to participate in the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival that organizers have added a new section – located on Plaza Central between Third and


festival overview State streets – to accommodate them. Six boutique wineries are scheduled to pour their offerings at the festival, and a wide selection of beers are available as well. To sample the selections, first stop by one of four booths selling wine glasses and beer mugs and obtain a “proof of drinking age” wristband. Attendees who leave the festival but plan to return are asked to leave their wristbands on and bring their beer mug or wine glass back with them. As it does every year, LAVA hosts a special concert by Sage 6 p.m. Saturday on the Walgreens Main Stage. Dance to the band’s lively music or just sit at a table under an umbrella and enjoy the tunes, perhaps while eating offerings from the Food Court or downtown restaurants. Proceeds from the festival support programs, events and other efforts LAVA undertakes to promote downtown Los Altos as a shopping and dining destination. LAVA donates a portion of the proceeds to local schools and organizations. The festival is family friendly, and organizers encourage parents to bring their children but leave their pets at home. For more information on the Los Altos Village Association and the 33rd Annual Arts & Wine Festival, call 949-5282 or visit www.downtownlosaltos.org. ✸

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Activities at the festival include wine tasting. Offerings from six wineries are available this year.

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Festival tips

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ollowing are some quick tips to make the 33rd annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival more enjoyable.

Shuttle bus and parking

Parking in and around downtown Los Altos fills up quickly during the festival, so many attendees opt to skip the hassle and park their cars at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., less than a mile away. A pair of free shuttles ferry festival attendees continually between Los Altos High and the corner of Main Street and San Antonio Road, the entrance to the festival. Both waiting areas are well shaded and offer benches for festivalgoers. Continued on Page 10

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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is a familyfriendly event, with amusements for all ages.


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Festival tips Continued from Page 8

Bicycles

Every year, hundreds of attendees leave their cars at home and ride their bikes to the festival. Volunteers with GreenTown Los Altos are on hand at a guarded bike corral to ensure that bicycles remain safe. The corral is located in the South Plaza area, just off Third Street. Parents may also park strollers at the corral.

Restrooms Festival organizers this year have provided 44 portable restrooms for the weekend, located on the numbered streets (First, Second, etc.) near the entrances to the parking plazas in downtown Los Altos. Hand-washing and sanitizing stations – seven in all – are located near the portable restrooms. Please refrain from asking to use downtown merchants’ bathrooms.

Pets Heat, small children, strollers and pets are not a good mix. Festival organizers request that attendees leave their pets at home.

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f you’re a foodie, the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival should hit the spot this weekend. Featuring more than two dozen food vendors and restaurant fare from throughout the Bay Area, the festival Food Court offers an array of choices, including Thai, Indian, Chinese and Mexican dishes. Vegan and vegetarian foods are available as well. The Los Altos Rotary Club again hosts a booth featuring Chef Chu’s Chinese Chicken Salad. other favorites returning this year include the popular Thai Kebob and Indian Gourmet, offering vegan and vegetarian choices in addition to lamb wraps and rice bowls. B Foods International is set

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food court to prepare gyros, falafel and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, while The Tamale Factory serves up traditional tamales, tacos, rice and beans. The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival wouldn’t be a traditional summer event without barbecue favorites. Los Altos Grill is scheduled to serve its grilled artichokes, barbecued beef ribs, roasted chicken and corn bread, while Lockeford Meat and Sausage grills its famous foot-long sausages on a roll. Good Ear Corn Roast offers roasted corn on the cob, baked potatoes, sweet-potato fries and baked yams. Town Crier file photo Willow Street WoodMost of the booths offering food and drink at the festival are positioned along Fired Pizza returns to the Second and Third streets between Main and State streets. Food is available for Continued on Page 14 purchase 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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festival with its barbecued oysters, crab cakes, smoked turkey legs, hot dogs and barbecued sausages, calamari, garlic fries and deep-fried zucchini and artichokes. Attendees can cool off with hand-shaken lemonade, frozen yogurt, Dippin’ Dots, soft-serve ice cream and fruit smoothies from returning vendors such as Barrett’s Lemonade, Kurlander Soft Serve and Fruit Frizz. What is a festival without Olde Tyme Kettle Korn? Yes, the kettle-corn man returns to provide the sweet treat all weekend. Located on Second and Third streets between Main and State streets, Food Court hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of tables, chairs and shade umbrellas in Central Plaza adjacent to each food area and at the Walgreens Main Stage. Several local restaurants plan to serve food at the festival, including newcomer The Menu. The Mountain View restaurant is scheduled to debut its Organic Quinoa Biryani this weekend and offer an array of other Indian dishes. For more information, call the Los Altos Village Association at 949-5282 or visit www.downtownlosaltos. org. ✸


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The six wineries featured at this year’s festival are based in the Bay Area.

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he 33rd annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is scheduled to feature six wineries, selected by the organizing committee. Known for hosting boutique wineries, the festival draws wine aficionados of all kinds. Each of the wineries has local roots, and most grow grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a region renowned for its long, sunny days and cool nights. A rundown of each of the wineries and what they plan to pour this year follows.

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local wines

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Wine tasting has been a big part of the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival since its early days, drawing an array of wine aficionados from throughout the Bay Area. Continued from Page 15 Festival is partnering with Kings Mountain Vineyards, returning after a one-year hiatus. Located in Woodside, Kings Mountain handcrafts French-style wines from estate-grown fruit. The vineyard at Kings Mountain was planted in 1992 on a private estate that has existed in Woodside since the late 1800s. The vineyard comprises 520 vines that are dry-farmed, hand-maintained and harvested to create quality fruit. Each wine is produced in small lots and is unfined and unfiltered. The wines are then aged in new French oak barrels. Kings Mountain Vineyard representatives plan to pour a 2008 Chardonnay and a 2008 Pinot Noir. For more information, visit www.kingsmountainvineyards.com.

Fernwood Cellars Fernwood Cellars returns to the festival for the fifth year. The Gilroy-based winery makes a variety of estate wines, including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah. Fernwood is dedicated to producing wines that reflect the vineyard’s unusual microclimate, while showcasing the inherent characteristics of each variety. Second-generation winemaker Matt Oetinger founded Fernwood Cellars in 1999. The vineyard has been in his family for six generations, since his great-grandfather Charles Oetinger built the family’s first home on the property in 1863. Page 16 | Arts & Wine Festival Magazine | July 11, 2012

His father, Lew, owner of Hummingbird Hill Vineyards, introduced Matt to winemaking at a young age. Matt graduated from UC Davis in 1995 with a degree in biology. After college, he worked at several vineyards, learning each vintner’s style. He managed the vineyard at Clos LaChance Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains before founding Fernwood. At this year’s festival, Fernwood Cellars representatives plan to pour a 2009 Dry Riesling, a 2009 Zinfandel, a 2009 Mirepoix and a 2008 Petite Sirah. For more information, visit www.fernwoodcellars. com.

Naumann Vineyards Naumann Vineyards pours at the festival for the seventh year. Vintner Don Naumann grows his grapes at the winery located atop Montebello Road in Cupertino, 2,000 feet above the Silicon Valley floor. Naumann said the quality of his wine begins with the fruit. His Estate Merlot is grown on the mountain on an eastern-facing slope. All work in the vineyard is performed by hand, with the goal of producing low-yield, high-quality fruit. This year, Naumann Vineyards representatives plan to pour a 2007 Merlot, a 2011 Rosé, a 2008 Chardonnay and his award-winning 2009 Tre Rosso Cali, which won a Double Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It is 100 percent Continued on Page 21


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local wines Continued from Page 16 estate-grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains, according to Naumann, and aged two years in French oak prior to blending and bottling. For more information, visit www. naumannvineyards.com.

PageMillWinery Local couple Dick and ome Stark founded Page Mill Winery in 1976 when the family excavated a large cellar under their home in Los Altos Hills. The Stark family has steadily grown Page Mill Winery in the years since but remains ToWN CRIER FILE PHoTo committed to producing a small quantity Winery representatives and local volunteers pour wine at the Los of high-quality wine. Page Mill Winery Altos Arts & Wine Festival. has participated in the Los Altos Arts & available extensively on the Peninsula, at restaurants in Wine Festival since its inception. Dane Stark, son of the winery’s founder, runs the fam- downtown Los Altos, in grocery stores and online. This year, Page Mill Winery representatives plan to ily business. He studied the craft in France and California. pour a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and a 2009 Petite Sirah. For 28 years, the winery was located on Page Mill For more information, visit www.pagemillwinery. Road in Los Altos Hills, just a short drive from downcom. town Los Altos. It has since moved to a larger location in Livermore. Page Mill Winery’s Tasting Room is located Continued on Page 22 in the heart of the wine trail in Livermore. Its wines are

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local wines Continued from Page 21

Martin Ranch Winery

For Dan and Thérèse Martin, the dream of owning a winery began with a shared passion for great wine, a wonderful growing environment and the joy of sharing the experience with friends and family. In 1993, after years of enjoying tasting and buying wine, the Martins decided to experience the winemaking process for themselves and launched Martin Ranch Winery. Their 17 acres in the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains provides the ideal microclimate for growing Cabernet Sauvignon – warm days and cool nights. In 2003, they built a small winery building and increased production to 2,000 cases. Today they produce many award-winning red and white varieties. “Our love of life, sharing great wines and food with family and friends, are what make the Martin Ranch Winery so special,” the Martins posted on their website. Martin Ranch Winery representatives plan to pour a J.D. Hurley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, a J.D. Hurley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, a Thérèse Vineyards 2009 Carignane and a Thérèse Vineyards 2008 Syrah. For more information, visit www.MartinRanchWinery.com.

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Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards

Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards began as a hobby and became a Peninsula powerhouse in the world of wine. By now, the story of Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards is well known. In the early 1970s, Dr. Thomas Fogarty was working as a cardiovascular surgeon and noted inventor when he first tried at-home winemaking in a cabin high above Palo Alto on Skyline Boulevard. He planted his first grapes in 1978 and established a commercial winegrowing operation in 1981. That property is now home to the 325-acre Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards. The vineyards themselves are located 2,000 feet above the Silicon Valley floor, providing an ideal, cool climate for growing grapes. Fogarty’s vision is to produce highquality wine that takes advantage of his property’s favorable soil and climate. Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards representatives plan to pour a 2007 Skyline Red, a 2010 Skyline Riesling and a 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay. For more information, visit www.fogartywinery.com. For more information on the wineries and the festival, call the Los Altos Village Association at 949-5282 or visit www.downtownlosaltos.org. ✸


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he Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival wouldn’t be complete without a fun place for children to play. This year the Family Fun Zone, sponsored by Passerelle Investment Co., is bigger than in past years and conveniently located directly off San Antonio Road and Third Street. The Family Fun Zone aims to be a great place for families, offering amusements for children of all ages. Classic Amusements again provides the rides, including the Berry-Go-Round, Frog Hopper, Dizzy Dragons and Jungle Slide. But like last year, the Continued on Page 24

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fun zone Continued from Page 23 main attraction in the Family Fun Zone is the Mega Slide, suitable for children and adults alike. Mobile Rock Inc. runs an interactive climbing wall for children. Nearby booths offer face painting, balloon art, crazy hair and more. For the third consecutive year, the energetic duo Lori and RJ of Cotton Candy Express are scheduled to host the Family Fun Zone Stage. Saturday’s entertainment is set to begin with Studio Kicks of Palo Alto demonstrating martial arts at 11:15 a.m. At noon, the Flying Calamari Brothers are scheduled to entertain with magic and comedy. At 1 p.m., Lori and RJ are scheduled to perform their award-winning songs and routines. The Puppet Company is slated for 2 p.m. At 2:45 p.m., Flying Calamari Brothers bring their funny magic back again, and Andy Z at 3:30 p.m. rounds out Saturday’s schedule. Sunday, Studio Kicks opens the day at 11:15 a.m. with another high-energy martial-arts demonstration. At noon, Jimbo the Clown is scheduled to bring his silly self and his accordion on stage, performing dances, pantomime, juggling tricks and more. At 1 p.m., Jump for Joy Musicman Wiley Rankin enlivens the stage with his laughing, singing, clapping and dancing. The Pete G Magic Show is set to perform at 2 p.m., and Jimbo the Clown returns at 2:45 p.m. before Lori and RJ close out the weekend with

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The Mega Slide, a popular attraction at last year’s festival, is scheduled to return to this year’s event.


fun zone

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The Family Fun Zone offers several rides at this weekend's festival. a 3:30 show billed as a fun and interactive musical experience “with a groove.” Throughout each day of the festival, visitors to the Family Fun Zone can win unlimited ride tickets to the

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. For more information on the Family Fun Zone, call the Los Altos Village Association at 949-5282 or visit www.downtownlosaltos.org. ✸

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Entertainment

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he 33rd annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival features an array of musical entertainment on its two stages. Six acts are scheduled to perform on the Walgreens Main Stage and another six on the Community Plaza Stage, sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union. Admission is free. Here’s a rundown of who’s playing where and when.

Walgreens Main Stage Saturday

MamaLuke! 12:30-2:30 p.m. Covering classic rock from the 1960s to the present, MamaLuke! boasts five seasoned musicians: Ken Byars (singer), Ron

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Musical entertainment is scheduled on two stages at this weekend’s 33rd annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.

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Entertainment Cataldo (guitar), Chris Rossi (guitar), David Kanel (bass) and Reuben Lujan (drums). The Bay Area band prides itself on performing high-energy shows that get crowds on their feet. The Megatones, 3-5 p.m. For approximately 20 years, the Megatones have delivered dance medleys of contemporary rock classics from the likes of Chris Isaak, Green Day, INXS and the Doors. The Bay Area band is known for its vocal harmonies, solos and contagious beats. The Megatones include Harry (lead vocals and guitar), Dick Sillman (Hammond organ, piano, synthesizers), Ken Stollman (bass), Mike Sult (guitar) and Mike Wills (drums). Sage, 6-8 p.m. Together since 1969, Sage is an eight-piece band that plays popular rhythm and blues, funk and soul songs. Based in San Jose, Sage has played nightclubs, concerts, dances, weddings and other events, covering top-40 hits by the likes of Chicago, Huey Lewis and The News, Kenny Loggins, Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, Tower of Power, Paul Simon and Phil Collins.

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entertainment Continued from Page 27 rock band has shared billing with renowned acts such as Starship, Edgar Winter, The Guess Who, Blue oyster Cult and Eddie Money. The Cruzers comprises Harold Martin (bass and vocals), Andy Thrall (drums and vocals), Rick Spitaleri (keyboards and vocals) and Randy Sauro (guitar). The band covers songs from artists such as Santana, Rick James, Van Morrison and Rod Stewart. Divas of the Decades, 2-4 p.m. Mary Ellen Duell and Amanda Dieck are the Divas of the Decades, paying tribute to popular and innovative female pop and rock vocalists. Together for more than two decades, they not only sing hits by Madonna, Linda Ronstadt, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Gwen Stefani and Heart, but they also dress like them. The Garage Band backs them up. The Houserockers, 4:30-6 p.m. The rock ’n’ roll and soul cover band specializes in songs considered among the greatest ever recorded. The Los Gatos-based group includes Al Gonzalez (trumpet), Jon Hassan

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The Divas of the Decades – Amanda Dieck, left, and Mary Ellen Duell – perform songs from Blondie, Madonna and Heart.


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icky Ruxton of Mountain View is among five local artists featured at this year’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival. Ruxton, interviewed below, exhibited her jewelry at the spring Los Altos Rotary Art Show – Fine Art in the Park.

Q: How would you describe your art? A: I design mixed-media, industrialchic jewelry for women with unconventional spirits. I’m crafting statement accessories for those who appreciate handmade, unique items that start conversations from across the room. My work is for anyone who thrills at good design, clever use of Continued on Page 42

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artist profile: local Continued from Page 41 ordinary materials and is fine with garnering attention. By “Ruxtaposing” fiber to metal, soft to hard, feminine to masculine, I offer awareness for engaging in both sides of our nature. My jewelry is an experience, not a product; each piece holds my essence, and I am delighted to see it moving out into the world. Q: How long have you been creating art? A: I’ve been making art my whole life, but this jewelry collection started in late 2010. A friend took me to a scrap metal recycler, and the muse instantly grabbed me. I bought handfuls of washers and springs and things I couldn’t identify by name. I spread it out in my studio and immediately sensed the direction that has become my branded look. It took approximately six months to refine the style, and then I applied to local shows. I have more ideas than time to execute: different accessory lines, repurposed clothing, a men’s line, you name it. I’d love to create a Ruxton Designs home-style brand (and) bring my aesthetic to everyday objects. Continued on Page 44

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artist profile: Local Continued from Page 42 Q: What inspires you? A: Inspiration can come from anywhere: nature, music, poetry, architecture, sculpture but mostly finding some interesting object – say, at a flea market – that really stirs my imagination. I just got this fabulous mesh bead a few days ago and I’ve already constructed a necklace that looks like poetry. I’d like to learn how to crochet metal wire and make my own sculptured jewelry (inspired by that flea-market bead). Inspiration is in the air – keep breathing. Unlike other artist friends, I don’t like to look at fashion magazines or other artists’ work in stores or online. I don’t know what’s trendy or in vogue, literally or figuratively. I just like to rely on my own vision and sensibilities. I have a strongly defined color palette and a background in graphic design. I have been gifted with ease in balancing positive and negative space. I love my work – it’s play. In my heart of hearts, I would be dragging a stick on the beach making sand drawings or mandalas or Rangoli, as I love the state of artistic impermanence/meditation. Continued on Page 46

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artist profile: Local Continued from Page 44 Q: How long have you been exhibiting at shows? A: I started doing local shows in July 2011, so I’m new to the local fair circuit. I must say the reception is warming up. Most people remark that they’ve never seen anything like my work before. I like that – they’re seeing 100 percent Ruxton, if you will. After the July 2011 show in Redwood City, I did Artistry in Fashion at Cañada College and the Celebration of Craftswomen and the Contemporary Crafts Market, both in Fort Mason. Q: Are you new to the Los Altos Courtesy of Nicky Ruxton Arts & Wine Festival? This Tapestry Cuff is one of artist Nicky Ruxton’s many creations. She A: I did not participate in 2011. I began exhibiting at festivals last year. was so new that I missed the application deadline. I think it’s a perfect venue for my wearable art. I know the economy is still a bit als or gems. sluggish and sales are down for everyone; perhaps it’s a My fellow crafters say regular customers seek them slight advantage being new, creating visual/tactile excite- out at Los Altos and that’s so inspiring. I hope come (this ment around never-before-seen products. Also, I have a Continued on Page 48 great price point because I don’t work with precious met-

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our sixth-grade boys from Springer School took their places for the start of the 4x100-yard relay at last year’s Los Altos School District Junior Olympics. They had prepared for this moment since fourth grade, and they knew they were poised to win. One of the boys dropped the baton during the race, but his teammates picked him up. They joined him to leave the track together, as a team. The four returned to the Springer area to cheers. These are the kind of moments the Junior Olympics are all about: teamwork, school pride and sportsmanship. “It was one of those moments where we were all so proud,” said Julie Grosvenor, co-chairwoman of the Springer parent volunteers for the 2010 Junior Olympics. “The Junior Olympics teaches them to be good winners and good losers.” The athletic competition for fourth- through sixth-graders is the one time every year students

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Altos High students selected by a panel of five teachers and supported by the local group CHASE (Community Hope and Sober Events), launched a guerrilla marketing campaign in late March to create a buzz among the student body as a buildup to their presentation. The Talon published an article outing The Collective’s intentions prior to an April 9 assembly, when it was scheduled to be revealed. The campaign involved cryptic messages strewn about campus, including temporary graffiti displaying the group’s name and fliers sporting its logo. The students, called a Street Team, also

gave away Collective T-shirts and even iPods. The Collective unveiled its mission “to promote the respect and unity of others on the Los Altos High School campus” at an April 9 Diversity Assembly. CHASE, founded in 2007 after Los Altos resident Chase Rogers’ drug-related death at 18, is funding The Collective’s implementation of an “ACTUALITY” program. The program, designed to correct social norms, is run through TEAM Fort Collins, a Colorado-based non-profit dedicated to fighting teen See EXPOSÉ, Page 5

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Other Mountain View artists exhibiting this weekend: • Micki and Jerry Sislow. The duo specializes in jewel boxes. The Sislow’s Izzy Jewel Box made o, The oprah Magazine’s “o List” in March 2011. • Beth Karpas. She creates hundreds of huggable, one-of-a-kind cloth dolls, stuffed animals and puppets based on traditional folk and fairy-tale characters from around the globe. Karpas also repairs and rejuvenates favorite dolls, teddy bears and other stuffed animals so they can be played with again. • Jodi Cincinatus-Timm. She designs and creates Lazy Susans, platters, hanging racks and clocks, each one handcrafted. Cincinatus-Timm begins each piece with a wood base, and then follows a nine-step hand-painting and design process, with a final coat of resin that seals and protects the piece.


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asha Samuels exhibited her fine-art jewelry at a museum outside of Salerno, Italy, April through June. This weekend, her work will be on display at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival. Samuels, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, has won more than 20 regional awards for her work – including two national honors. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Samuels has a background in fine art and jewelry design. A part-time resident of Italy, her connection with Italian art history is evident in her work. She works primarily in colored gold and gemstones, incorporating unusual materials such as antique coins, cameos, coral and Italian porcupine quills. Continued on Page 50 Arts & Wine Festival Magazine | July 11, 2012 | Page

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artist profile: regional Continued from Page 49 A testament to her work’s popularity, Samuels was a top-10 seller for Pacific Fine Arts events last year. Pacific Fine Arts selects artists for several arts and wine festivals in the Bay Area, including Los Altos’ annual event. Last year marked Samuels’ first time exhibiting at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, “and it was a successful show for me,” she said. This year Samuels plans to exhibit highkarat gold designer jewelry in exotic colors like lemon, apricot, gray and rose gold, along with hand-carved cameos, 22-karat granulation pieces and colored gems. Courtesy of Sasha Samuels Samuels’ time in Italy includes five A museum near Salerno, Italy, recently exhibited jewelry created by years in a Tuscan studio, formerly a Sasha Samuels, smiling above. Samuels is from the Pacific Northwest. 14th-century Romanesque church. “When I first leased the place, there was no electricity, no running water,” she said. “It was Several years ago during a trip to Southern Italy, more of a grotto than a house.” Samuels met a master cameo carver who took her on as a She carefully restored the building while allowing the Continued on Page 52 local atmosphere and art to permeate her work.

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artist profile: Regional Continued from Page 50 student. She has been carving shell cameos with him ever since. Last spring, while visiting the cameo maestro in Naples, Samuels met Antonio Francese, director of Culture and Tourism outside of Salerno, in Pontecagnano, Italy. He invited Samuels to show her jewelry last spring in the curated exhibition “The Contemporary Etruscan Jewel” at the National Archaeological Museum in Pontecagnano. The exhibition showcases contemporary jewelry inspired by the ancient Etruscans who lived in the area as early as the sixth century B.C. Celebrating the town’s Etruscan heritage, the jewelry on display at the Courtesy of Sasha Samuels museum is eclectic and dynamic, expressing Etruscan Sasha Samuels created the above pieces for display at an style through modern interpretation. Italian museum – a pair of rings titled “Gemelli.” Samuels was the only American invited to participate in the exhibition. She created two pieces for dis- Samuels commissioned Palo Alto native Chayo Wilson play: a pair of rings titled “Gemelli,” the Italian word to create a black ware box to hold the rings. The box is for “twins.” Nearly identical, the white-gold ring shanks inspired by the pottery at the museum, from its form to cradle 22-karat yellow-gold mountings constructed with its wood-fired blackened finish, burnished smooth as the Etruscan granulation. Granulation is the art of fusing Etruscans often did. The finial at the top is an 18-karat nearly microscopic spheres of gold onto metal sheet with- gold flame created by Samuels, symbolizing the artistic out the aid of solder. At the center of each mounting is torch of inspiration passed from the Etruscans to her. a diamond crystal slice with a natural geometric pattern, For more information on Samuels and her art, visit each cut and polished from the same gem. sashasamuels.com. ✸

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ver the 33 years of its existence, the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival has grown from a small summer festival to one of the largest on the Peninsula. It began in 1979 when a group of merchants and business owners in downtown Los Altos decided the city needed a popular summer festival to introduce people to the downtown area. The first festival was held in the city’s South Parking Plaza July 19 and 20, 1980. There were 150 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees. By 1983, Main and State streets were closed to accommodate the event. By 1985, the number of exhibitors doubled. In 1993, festival attendance topped 100,000, and since 1997, it has attracted more than 150,000 to downtown Los Altos each summer. Today, the festival encompasses all of downtown Los Altos. Of the more than 1,000 artists and craftspeople who apply each year, fewer than 400 meet the exacting criteria for selection and the opportunity to showcase their work. The festival has ranked among the top 75 summer Page 54 | Arts & Wine Festival Magazine | July 11, 2012


festival history festivals in the nation for its quality of exhibitors. Bay Area Parent Magazine has rated the festival “Best of the Best.” The more than 400 volunteers who keep the event running in an efficient and orderly manner heavily influence the festival’s character. Volunteers range from Fortune 500 executives to local students and grandmas and grandpas, giving the festival a friendly, community-oriented flavor. Organizers strive to personalize the festival and make it a celebration where friends and family can bond. The Linden Tree Books Kids Stage, launched in the early 1990s, has expanded into the popular Family Town Crier file photo Fun Zone, a separate venue featuring The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival showcases works by nearly 400 entertainment geared exclusively to artists and craftspeople each year. children. For the past 19 years, the festival has included an array of international foods and a full The Los Altos Village Association (LAVA), known as two-day program of free music and entertainment. Fes- the only downtown association to stage an art and wine tival organizers have added a free bike valet and shuttles festival without a professional production staff, organizes between the parking lot at Los Altos High School and the Continued on Page 56 entrance to the festival.

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City History

Los Altos: From Ohlones to Winchesters to high-tech Town Crier Staff Report

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he city of Los Altos boasts a long and rich history. The native Indians, Ohlones, or “people of the West,” settled here for thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. In the late 1700s, Father Junipero Serra began the colonization of California for Spain by building a chain of missions from San Diego to Sonoma. In the attempt to “civilize” the Ohlones, the European intrusion resulted in the near eradication of the natives. In the 1800s, most of the acreage that is now Los Altos and Los Altos Hills was included in two Mexican land grants: Rancho Continued on Page 58

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The railroad first passed through Los Altos in the early 1900s, long before the city was incorporated.

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City History Continued from Page 57 La Purisima Concepción and Rancho San Antonio. The grazing lands of the large ranchos gradually were divided into smaller holdings of predominantly 40- to 100-acre parcels, planted in wheat and vineyards. During that period, Sarah Winchester, widow of the inventor of the Winchester rifle, owned the 100 acres that later became the town site of Los Altos. The Peninsula Interurban Railway purchased her land in 1906. One year later the Southern Pacific Railroad bought the land for a right-of-way for its commuter trains to operate from San Francisco through the west valley and connect with a branch line from San Jose to Santa Cruz. Paul Shoup, who later became Southern Pacific president and is known as the “Father of Los Altos,” helped define the future town when he joined others to form the Altos Land Company. In 1908, the company hosted a free barbecue to entice San Franciscans to ride the train down to the country and purchase lots (starting at $250) in the downtown triangle. The Shoup family built several summer homes along University Avenue that still stand today. In 2000, the Los Altos Town Crier named Paul Shoup “Los Altan of the Century.” The town developed rather slowly, with hitching posts down Main Street, the first school class held above the

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grocery store and the post office located in the hardware store. The wheat fields and vineyards gave way to orchards of apricot, cherry, walnut, prune and plum trees. With the mild climate, the train for transportation and the number of businesses increasing, families began locating in Los Altos in larger numbers. Shoup Residents voted to incorporate in 1952 due to fear of intense development and the possible annexation of some lands by surrounding communities. Shortly thereafter, in 1956, voters in Los Altos Hills approved their incorporation to protect their 1-acre zoning. Today, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills serve as hometowns to many of the high-tech executives working in Silicon Valley. The elements that blend together to make the cities so desirable are their award-winning schools, small-town atmosphere, climate, volunteerism, community spirit and safety, cultural happenings and family-oriented annual events such as the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, the Kiwanis Pet Parade and the Festival of Lights Parade. ✸


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Bicycle Parking

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hose traveling to the 33rd annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival by bicycle – or with a stroller – should not have to worry about parking them this weekend. Members of GreenTown Los Altos have volunteered to watch over those two- and four-wheelers Saturday and Sunday – at no charge. The Bike and Stroller Valet Parking Corral is located in the South Plaza area, just off Third Street, conveniently close to the Family Fun Zone. GreenTown Los Altos is a grassroots group led by residents and businesses in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Its mission is to educate and inspire local residents to take action to make their communities more environmentally healthy and vibrant

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