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Let Them Have Art

Help support art programs in local schools at Danville park festival.

Artist: Tony Vecchio

More than 60 artists join creative forces this weekend October 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Danville’s 13th annual Art in the Park. Backed by the Town of Danville and the Alamo Danville Artists’ Society, this fundraising festival showcases art of all mediums from sculptures and photography to fine jewelry and ceramics. All participating ADAS artists contribute 10% of their sales to art programs in the San Ramon Valley School District.

In addition to the art, wine and lunch for sale, attendees can enjoy live music from the Diablo Dixie Devils and the Monte Vista High Jazz combo on Saturday, followed by the San Ramon Valley High School Jazz Combo and Gary Chulla Trio on Sunday. Art in the Park is family friendly too, with free children’s activities such as train rides and mask-making. Stop by the community center for the Inside Art Show, where acclaimed Bay Area artist and juror Leslie Wilson will judge art pieces for cash and prizes. Festivities take place on the Town Green, in front of the Danville Library at 400 Front Street.

Admission to Art in the Park is free. ADAS has raised $100,000 to foster art in the San Ramon Valley School District; this year’s proceeds will benefit the 2011 grants.

Some participating artists weigh in on the importance of visual arts in the classroom:

Artist: Anindita BasuLongtime teacher Anindita “Dita” Basu has seen the impact of the budget crisis on school art programs. Basu says she has seen how children communicate, express emotions, learn and connect through art. Don’t miss her handmade beaded jewelry (below right).

Tony Vecchio from Pleasant Hill has a background in art direction and works with vintage prints (above) to create collage pieces. Vecchio, an ADAS member, says he enjoys interacting with the community at events like Art in the Park. “Art sparks creativity in all parts of our lives.”

Cheryl WolffCeramic craftswoman and ADAS member Cheryl Wolff (left) likes the idea of supporting the local art society. Wolff has taught after-school art programs for children and seen the difference it makes to give kids a creative outlet.

For more information on Art in the Park, CLICK HERE. For more info on ADAS, go to adas4art.org.