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Art in the Redwoods Festival
Entertainment (2010)

Live music will be presented on the auditorium stage, in the outdoor amphitheater and throughout the festival - most of it performed by local musicians.

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Festival Schedule

Thursday, August 19
  6:00 p.m.  Top Hat Dinner

Friday, August 20
  4:00 p.m.  Champagne Preview
  6:00 p.m.  Judges Critique & Awards

Saturday, August 21
10:00 a.m.  Festival gates open
11:00 a.m.  White Hackle Pipe Band
11:00 a.m.  Tonewoods / Texas Jon
12:00 p.m.  Storytelling for Children
  1:00 p.m.  Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers
  3:00 p.m.  White Hackle Pipe Band
  5:00 p.m.  Festival gates close

Sunday, August 22
10:00 a.m.  Festival gates open
11:30 a.m.  Tonewoods / Texas Jon
11:45 a.m.  The Incredibles
12:00 p.m.  John Micka
12:00 p.m.  Storytelling for Children
12:15 p.m.  The Incredibles
  1:00 p.m.  Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers
  2:00 p.m.  Ba Da Boom
  3:00 p.m.  People's Choice Award
  3:00 p.m.  Quilt Raffle Drawing
  4:00 p.m.  Festival gates close

thru Sunday, September 5
                   Fine Art Exhibit

Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers

Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
   Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

The Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers will fill the air with the sounds of beautiful music each day at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Joining them will be Eric Kritz on clarinet and Karl Young on shakuhachi.

Named after the composer grandfather of Sita Milchev, the Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers delight in playing a variety of music. They are a community bell ringing group who meet every Monday at 5:00 p.m. at the home of Rick and Jeanne Jackson.

Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers
Left to right: Jim Iversen, Bill Halderman, Jeanne Jackson, Linda Bostwick, Davina Allen, Lucienne Allen, Tina Ballagh, Gail Thompson, Claire Skilton, Elise Allen, Liz Elstun, Remi Alexander, Sita Milchev.
Not pictured: Irene Leidner and Sue Hansen.

White Hackle Pipe Band

Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at   3:00 p.m.

2008 Art in the Redwoods Festival The White Hackle Pipe Band was formed in October of 1997 and is now in its eleventh year of existence.

At its formation the band consisted of six pipers, three drummers. Most of these pipers had played together in various bands. Since adding a beginning and intermediate class to the organization in 2007, membership has grown steadily and currently have 36 members on the roster. The members of the band wear kilts in the Modern California Tartan.

The band has performed at Scottish games throughout Northern California including Fresno, Modesto, Pleasanton, Monterey, Campbell, Woodland and Dixon. Additionally, it performed for various functions in the Sacramento area and throughout Northern California, including the Gualala Arts Festival in Gualala, CA and the KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley, CA. Furthermore, small units of the band as well as individuals of the band play for events in many areas throughout Northern California.

For more information, visit the White Hackle Pipe Band website.

Four-Eyed Frog Books

Storytelling for Children

Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 12:00 noon
   Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 12:00 noon

Once again, Joel & Linda Crockett from Four-Eyed Frog Books will share stories with youngsters of all ages in the enchanting Fairy Circle at the Gualala Arts Center. Don't miss this opportunity to create a great memory with the young ones in your life.

For more information, visit the Four-Eyed Frog Books website.

Tonewoods / Texas Jon

Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
   Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tonewoods The Tonewoods is a delightful Sonoma County-based trio with Steve Gomes - vocal, guitar and mandolin , Jenny Norse - vocal, mandolin, accordion, percussion (including the infamous "Woody") and Patrick Mullin - vocal, guitar and Irish bouzouki.

The Tonewoods perform contemporary acoustic Americana music. Their unique arrangements feature strong vocal harmonies rendering tunes from some of the best songwriters of our time.

Texas Jon Texas Jon comes to us from the rich folk music tradition of his home state.

As a member of the Houston Folklore Society, 'Texas' found himself immersed in the rich folksong tradition of the South. He became friends with Alan and John Lomax Jr., who made the first recordings of Muddy Waters and Leadbelly in the Mississippi Delta, and, with Pete Seeger & The Weavers, recorded songs from the prison farm at Sugarland, Texas - recordings that gave us songs like "No More Cane on the Brazos" and "Midnight Special."

In the early sixties 'Texas' became resident folksinger at The Jester, the center of Houston's music scene, singing in a trio with KT Oslin and Guy Clark. Over the years 'Texas' has produced such greats as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark, Mickey Newberry, Townes Van Zandt and KT Oslin.

Of his music he says: "Folk music is a genre that sustains me and grows with my life experience. I like to think of a good folk song that has been passed down from person to person to be like clear water that has been filtered through generations of sand."

The Incredibles

Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 11:45 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

Tessa Howard and Ying-Yen Jones Local dancers Tessa Howard and Ling-Yen Jones, known as The Incredibles because their non-stop energy and creative choreography must be seen to be believed, will return to perform at this year's Art in the Redwoods on Sunday, August 22 at 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in Coleman Auditorium.

For this year's Art in the Redwoods, the pair have created an original performance entitled Dehins Purwede. It draws on the Bollywood dance motif seen in many Indian films. It combines traditional Indian dance movements with elements of hip-hop and funk. Howard and Jones chose their musical score, Moby's version of the music from Mission Impossible, because its intense sound and evocative exuberance generate the type of energy they seek to incorporate in their performances.

Each performer has a dance background. Howard was a member of the Irma B. Aguado Dance Company, the Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar Dance Company and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. As a child Jones studied at the San Francisco Ballet where she appeared in the annual Nutcracker show. At Humboldt State she studied modern dance and was featured in the Dance Repertory Theater for three years.

Ba Da Boom

Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Ba Da Boom Drum Band was put together for the Point Arena Fourth of July parade some six years ago and has played the parade since. The format came from Oingo Boingo's use of drums in street shows, parades and opening theater shows.

Oingo Boingo was an American new wave band. They are best known for their influence on other musicians, their soundtrack contributions and their high energy Halloween concerts. The band was founded in 1972 as a performance art group called The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo (MKOB), and from 1976 it was led by songwriter / vocalist Danny Elfman, who has since achieved substantial renown as a composer for film and television.

Leon Schneiderman, a former member of MKOB, wanted to bring this fun drum sound to the Point Arena parade and by was able to interest other local musicians toward the same goal. In 2009 Ba Da Boom also played the July Fourth Parade, Great Day in Elk, Art in the Redwoods and the Point Arena Harbor Fest.

Ba Da Boom
Ba Da Boom, performing at the 2009 Fourth of July parade in Point Arena.
Members left to right are: Andrew Purcell, Brian Thurmand, Jeremy Ruley,
Mark Pearce, Leon Schneiderman, Ian Stinson, Matt Calahan and James Hayes.

John Micka

John Micka

Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 12:00 noon

John Micka, a 30-year resident of our area, is self taught on the classical guitar. It has been a personal teaching journey of 20 years, and he has even started making guitars. He says that if he had known how difficult the journey was, he might not have taken it on. It has been rewarding.

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Entertainment 2009

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email