by Laura Monteros
It started four years ago as an ambitious way to raise funds to support our local libraries, and has grown into an annual event with the atmosphere of a community street fair. Art on Millionaire’s Row at the Altadena Library on Saturday combined a juried fine art show with booths filled with local arts, crafts, and food.
The ladies of the Friends of the Altadena Library were there, with a table full of used books (only $1 each!), the Altadena Town Council set up a voting booth at the entrance, and The Altadena Arts Council had photos and information about its programs. There were about 45 booths with fine artists and craftsmen in wood, ceramics, jewelry, and textiles. And food, from authentic New Orleans Pralines and Louisiana sausages to Mexican fare and Asian tea.
Music filled the air in the salon and the outdoor area. The slideshow captures the flavor of the day. Enjoy!
More after the jump.
1 Ceramics and sculpture on display for the juried art show in the salon.
2 Camille Dudley signs in to vote in the Altadena Town Council election. Staffing the booth are Evangelina Quintanar and Reggie Wilkins.
3 Welcome to Art on Millionaire’s Row at the Altadena Library!
4 Vivian Spruell tries out a metal drum made from a propane canister by instrument maker David Abernethy.
5 Anne Louise Bannon and husband Michael Holland sell homemade soap under the name Robin Goodfellow SoapWorks.
6 Brenda Pace of Soapy Sales makes one-of-a-kind dolls.
7 Pralines and cookies by Marguerite Duncan of Memory Lane Cuisine and Anita’s Famous Louisiana Sausages frame a grassy seating area.
8 Mota’s Mexican Restaurant and Catering served burritos and tacos.
9 Potter and illustrator Rowan D. Harrison forms his ceramics by hand using the coiling method rather than a potter’s wheel. His hand painted designs reflect his Native American heritage.
10 Karen Hovanitz of Florecita Farm Designs makes pots from tiny to large and plants them with succulents which she grows in her backyard. She is an avid reader of Altadenablog.
11 Artist Kathleen Swaydan displayed her gentle watercolors and handcrafted cards.
12 The ladies of the Friends of the Altadena Library were on hand to chat with patrons and sell books and T-shirts.
13 A skirt of diaphanous scarves was created by Paula Gallemore.
14 Cool Jazz with Ahmed was one of the performers at the outdoor fair.