Art in the Redwoods Festival 2017

Gualala Arts

Festival weekend

Hats Off Dinner, Thursday August 10, 6 pm; Champagne Preview, Friday, August 11, 4 pm - 7 pm; Festival, Saturday August 12, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, August 13, 10 am - 4 pm

Arts Center

Admission to the festival is $6; youth 17 and under are free.


Registered Artists Art in the Redwoods entries here.

Sponsor this event by reviewing Sponsorship Opportunities here.

Artists: How to Enter

The Art in the Redwoods Festival, the most popular and largest north coast art show in California, will take place on the 2nd weekend in August; the Fine Art exhibit runs through Labor Day weekend. Artists and artisans are invited to show and sell their works and to compete for generous awards, which include cash prizes and ribbons.

Entries must be postmarked by the 2nd Monday in July. The first 420 entries will be accepted; entries received after that will be put on a waiting list. You must be a member of Gualala Arts (you may join when turning in your form), and there is $10 fee for each piece with a maximum of 3 pieces per artist. The artwork must be dropped off in person on the first Sunday in August.

We do not accept mailed artwork.

The outdoor artist vendor booth spaces are handled directly by Gualala Arts. The non-refundable jury fee is $10, the space fee is $150, and Gualala Arts will receive a 10% commission on sales. The application must be postmarked by March 15.



Vendor Information

A fifteen-minute booth sitting service will be available to artists who are alone. Additionally, artists with booths will receive complimentary food tickets. Vendor publicity materials (Festival postcard front)  (Festival postcard back)  (Festival postcard back 2) (poster)

Vendor questions, please contact Scott Chieffo at (707)884-1138 ext. 13.

For more information please call (707) 884-1138 or email






Important Dates

Art Exhibit entry deadline

Monday, July 10

Delivered or postmarked Entry Form deadline. Only 350 entries accepted.

Drop off artwork

Sunday, August 6 from 12 pm – 4 pm

Deliver artwork to Gualala Arts Center (no work will be accepted after 4 pm)

Saturday, August 12 10 am – 5 pm

Fine Art Exhibition open, Outdoor Artists Vendor Booths, food & drink,

live music and family entertainment. Admission: $6, 17 and under free

Sunday, August 13 10 am – 4 pm

Fine Art Exhibition open, Outdoor Artists Vendor Booths, food & drink,

live music and family entertainment.

3 p.m. Raffle drawing and Most Popular artwork announced.

Admission: $6. Children 17 and under free

** Art in the Redwoods Festival **

August 11-13

Pick up artwork

Monday & Tuesday, September 4 & September 5

 Artworks released to artists and buyers Monday from 12 noon – 4 pm and

Tuesday, 10 am- 4 pm thereafter, $5 per day storage fee per piece of art.


Vendors offer variety of artwork, jewelry, and clothing

More than 25 artists will showcase their wares at the Art in the Redwoods Festival starting Friday, August 11 for the Champagne Preview at 4 p.m. and again from 10am to 5 pm,  Saturday, August 12, and Sunday, August 13, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The vendor area will again feature a Community Lane, returning for the third year. Intended to support the Go Local movement, this special area expects to showcase local service organizations and clubs such as Action Network, the Redwood Coast Humane Society, Go Local Mendocino Coast, North Coast Artists’ Guild, Gualala Arts Basket Guild, Life Drawings Group, Pacific Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Voter Registration and others.


Festival Map

Art in the Redwoods Festival Map

 Fine Arts Exhibit Judges

Art in the Redwoods 2017 Judges:

Connie Nartonis Thompson, movie producer

Connie Nartonis Thompson is a movie producer from Los Angeles.  Connie began her 25-year career working in the entertainment industry on Beavis & Butthead (1992) and The Ren & Stimpy Show (1993). In 1997 she started at the Walt Disney Studios where she worked on animated feature films including Fantastia 2000 (1999), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Chicken Little (2005), The Princess and the Frog (2009), and Tangled (2010) as well as the award-winning shorts The Little Matchgirl (2006), Lorenzo (2004), and Destino (2003). In 2007, she joined veteran producer Don Hahn at Disney’s live-action studio to associate produce the Disneynature documentaries Earth (2009), Oceans (2010), African Cats (2011), and Chimpanzee (2012). Hahn and Thompson also produced three documentaries – Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010), Hand Held (2010), and High Ground (2012). Connie then went on to associate produce the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Frankenweenie (2012) directed by Tim Burton.  Connie left Disney for Illumination Entertainment to work on Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Minions (2015), two of the top-grossing animated films of all time.  Connie has a BFA in Studio Art and Art History from Principia College and has had a life-long love of art and design.  In her free time, she paints landscapes in Los Angeles and New Mexico.  She lives in Hollywood with her husband of 28 years.

Margot H. Knight, Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program

In November of 2011, Margot H. Knight became Executive Director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, her seventh job in the arts and humanities in 39 years. Each position has incorporated the things she loves–history, challenges, artists, scholars, education, and access. She has the privilege to guide one of the foremost artist communities on the planet AND is encouraged to pursue her own literary pursuits. Her play, Funnel of Love was published in Characters Magazine

Previous positions include the presidencies of United Arts of Central Florida and United Arts of Raleigh & Wake County, executive director of the Idaho Commission of the Arts and Washington State University’s Oral History Office and staff positions with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Washington Commission for the Humanities. She served two terms on the Private Sector Council for Americans for the Arts and is a proud recipient of the Michael Newton Award. A frequent consultant, speaker, and grants panelist, she has also served on over 25 chamber of commerce, tourism, regional planning and cultural boards, including the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Visit Orlando, and Florida Cultural Alliance. Margot lives on-site at the Djerassi Program with her husband, Nick, and two cats. She can be reached at or via Facebook (MargotHalidayKnight) or Twitter @artsmargot.


Hats Off Dinner

St. Orres chef Rosemary Campiformio looks over her Hats Off Dinner entree just before serving.

This special evening of fine food, wine and art was originally held on Friday night for many years but since its 2007 moved to Thursday and has become the opening event of the annual Festival. After being closed since August 1st to prepare the building, take in and hang the art, the Arts Center will open its doors to the public for the first time to the Hats Off Dinner guests, who will be the first people to view the fine art exhibit and purchase the art before it is judged on Friday.

Guests enjoyed special Robert Holmes sculpture centerpieces and an amazing meal created by local food artisans and led by St. Orres owner and chef Rosemary Campiformio at the 2016 Hats Off Dinner.

Hats Off Dinner celebrants will get a sneak peek preview of the Fine Art Exhibit and have the opportunity to purchase art before it is judged, and receive VIP Festival Passes that will admit them to the Friday Champagne Preview and the Festival itself.

Tickets to the Hats Off Dinner are by reservation only, and are $150 per person which includes a $100 donation and VIP Festival passes to the Champagne Preview on Friday, August 10 from 4 pm to 7 pm and the Festival itself on Saturday or Sunday.

Hats Off Dinner guests get a preview of the fine arts competition entries.


Reservations can be made by visiting the Gualala Arts Center or calling (707) 884-1138 and are recommended as it usually sells out.





Champagne Preview

Champagne Preview

The Champagne Preview is on Friday evening August 11, from 4 pm to 7 pm (admission $10). Champagne will be served until 6 pm when the judges’ award presentation and critique begins.

Outdoor artist booths will be open for a sneak preview from 4 – 6 p.m. The Fine Art exhibit sneak preview is from 4:30 – 7 pm. Award presentations and judge’s critique will take place Friday at 6 pm in the outdoor amphitheater. Artists should be present to receive awards but are not required.

Festival weekend Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13


Good food, great music, and fine art! AND the annual Pacific Piecemakers Quilt Guild quilt raffle AND, new this year, the Seedling Art Grove, where donated silent auction items are planted to grow the Arts Center! So much to do, so little time… it’s a FULL two days of activities and festivities! Come out and enjoy the FUN!


The annual quilt raffle happens at 3 pm the last day of the festival, Sunday, August 13.  Raffle tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10, or 7 for $20 at the Arts Center. Winner needs not be present to win.

This year’s quilt “Labyrinth” is made from a design by Christopher Florence and is based on two mosaic floor tiles in Italy. It was constructed by PPQG members Barbara Dunsmoor, Sylvia Edwards, Cheryl Faconti, Carole Garcia, Dee Goodrich, and Kaylynn Oleson and expertly quilted by Sharon Malachowski.


The Seedling Art Grove


Bill Vellutini has generously donated his late wife Peggy Zink Vellutini’s pastels and art supplies as well as a 16-foot wooden kayak and 14-foot wooden stand up paddleboard he built himself. “It is the right thing to do,” Bill said, about the donations. “Peggy would have like this… her three sisters will appreciate seeing the plaque at Gualala Arts (in the Donor Grove).”

The 1953 original Phil Paradise watercolor painting was generously donated by artist Bruce Jones. The piece is matted and framed and certificated by Starry Sheets, Irvine Calif., and is estimated to be worth more than $1,500.

The Seedling Art Grove will be located along Community Row at the festival. Items will be called along with the PPQG Quilt Raffle at 3 pm on Sunday, August 13.



Tourists and families alike flock to Art in the Redwoods every year at Gualala Arts Center.

Visitors enjoy lunch in the Redwood Grove during Art in the Redwoods.

A tiny dancer enjoys the Redwood Grove venue during Art in the Redwoods.

Visitors to Art in the Redwoods enjoy music in the Redwood Grove, in the outdoor amphitheater and in Coleman Hall.


Ling-Yen Jones and Jon Handel in a Tessa Howard Dance Troupe performance in Coleman Hall during Art in the Redwoods.


The White Hackle Bagpipe Band performs most years at Art in the Redwoods.


More than 25 vendors will share their work at the two-day festival.

The Festival is open to the public on Saturday, August 12, from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday, August 13, from 10 am to 4 pm for the indoor fine art exhibition and outdoor festival activities. Admission is $6.00 for adults, and youth 17 and under are free.

More details on this event are coming soon,

in the meantime here is a link to past Art in the Redwoods festivals