Danville Express

Newsfront - June 22, 2007

Fine Arts Faire this weekend

Culinary Arts Corner will add a tasty treat to festival

The Danville Fine Arts Faire this weekend is taking art to a new dimension with its Culinary Arts Corner at School and Hartz presented by Diablo Magazine.

The Culinary Arts Corner will feature the creative talents of chefs from the Basil Leaf Cafe, Edible Arrangements, Dream Cakes, Cake Lair and the Walnut Creek Baking Co. Also on hand will be imaginative cooks from Viking Home Chef culinary school in Walnut Creek.

The cooking experts will create sculptures using yeast breads, make a mosaic of grains and legumes, form a sugar arts sculpture, whip up vegetable carvings, and use natural food dyes for painting.

The festival is in its 16th year and attracts approximately 50,000 people every year. A key ingredient to the success of the festival is the high quality of art and crafts being displayed by more than 200 artisans, with about 60 percent fine art and 40 percent contemporary and traditional crafts.

Returning are the popular Italian Street Painters, who will create their 9-by-12-foot chalk masterpieces on Hartz Avenue's asphalt canvas. Fairgoers can watch the artists-in-action beginning early Saturday morning, then come back to see the end result late Sunday afternoon.

A variety of up-and-coming musicians will be performing live on the Prospect Stage, plus entertainment will be ongoing throughout the weekend as well as along Hartz Avenue.

A shuttle service will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday from the Park and Ride at I-680 and Sycamore Valley Road exit, provided by Diablo Lodge.

-Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Artsy weekend

Event: Danville Fine Arts Faire

What: More than 200 artists, plus music, food and drink

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24

Where: Hartz Avenue, Danville

Who: Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, Town of Danville

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