What began among the redwoods on Gualala ridge in 1961 has grown to a weekend attraction for thousands. This popular weekend event features art from near and far along with free entertainment and artists booths. This Festival would not be possible without the the generosity of our Art in the Redwoods sponsors and donors, to whom we give a HUGE Thank You!
Fine Art Exhibit
The heart of the festival is the Exhibit of Fine Art throughout the building, including oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, photographs, sculpture, woodworking, stained and fused glass, jewelry and fiber arts – most of them for sale. Award-winning artwork is selected by the Fine Art Exhibit judges.
Hats Off Dinner
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. Hats Off Dinner guests, will be the first people to view the fine art exhibit and purchase the art before it is judged on Friday. The Hats Off Dinner, a gala evening to kick off Art in the Redwoods will be held on Thursday,This will be a special evening of fine food, wine and art.Each year Gualala Arts has presented the Hats Off Dinner, it has been fortunate to have an amazing executive chef prepare the outstanding appetizers, salads, main courses, side dishes and desserts.
Tickets to the Hats Off Dinner are by reservation only, and are $150 per person which includes a $100 donation letter and VIP Festival passes to the Champagne Preview on Friday, from 4 to 7 pm and the Festival itself on Saturday or Sunday. Reservations can be made in person at the Gualala Arts Center or calling 707-884-1138.
The Champagne Preview is on Friday evening from 4 pm to 7 pm (admission $10). Champagne will be served until 6 p.m. when the judges’ award presentation and critique begins.
The Festival is open to the public on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday 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.
Complementing the visual arts and entertaining Art in the Redwoods patrons each year are music and performance artists. The entertainment begins with music during the Hats Off Dinner from 6 to 8 pm while guests enjoy fine food, wine and art.
Another favorite artistic offering of Art in the Redwoods is the chance for Festival goers to become artists themselves by visiting the Gualala Arts Clay Studio. This fully featured studio offers visitors a chance to sit at the potter’s wheel and learn how to make and decorate hand-built ceramic items. The clay studio will be open on both Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm, and is located downstairs in the Arts Center.
No matter what your taste is in music, dance or other entertainment, there is something for everyone every day of the Art in the Redwoods festival!
Vendors offer variety of artwork, jewelry, clothing
Over 35 artists will showcase their wares at the Art in the Redwoods Festival starting Friday, for the Champagne Preview at 4 pm and again from 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“Jewelry always tops the list with the largest number of artists,” says Walt Rush, Art in the Redwoods vendor coordinator.
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.
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 2 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.
A fifteen minute booth sitting service will be available to artists who are alone. Additionally, artists with booths will receive complimentary food tickets.
For more information please call (707) 884-1138 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.