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Art in the Redwoods Festival
Entertainment (2011)

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 18
  6:00 p.m.  Top Hat Dinner

Friday, August 19
  4:00 p.m.  Champagne Preview
  6:00 p.m.  Judges Critique & Awards

Saturday, August 20
10:00 a.m.  Festival gates open
10:45 a.m.  White Hackle Pipe Band
11:00 a.m.  Open Clay Studio
11:00 a.m.  Farallons
12:00 p.m.  Cantiamo Sonoma
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 21
10:00 a.m.  Festival gates open
11:00 a.m.  Open Clay Studio
11:30 a.m.  Farallons
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
12:15 p.m.  Mendonoma Madrigals
  1:00 p.m.  Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers
  2:15 p.m.  Marcia Lotter
  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 4
                   Fine Art Exhibit

Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers

Saturday, August 20 at 1:00 p.m.
   Sunday, August 21 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.

Named after the composer grandfather of Sita Milchev, the Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers delight in playing a variety of music. Joining them with be Eric Kritz on clarinet and Karl Young on shakuhachi.

Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers

White Hackle Pipe Band

Saturday, August 20 at 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, August 20 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 fourteenth 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 20 at 12:00 noon
   Sunday, August 21 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.

The Incredibles

Sunday, August 21 at 11:45 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

The Incredibles: Tessa Howard and Ying-Yen Jones Local dancers Tessa Howard and Ling-Yen Jones, whose 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.

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.

The Farallons

Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m.
   Sunday, August 21 at 11:30 a.m.

The Farallons The Farallons come from Western rootstock. That is, the dust in their bones comes from the western third of the North American continent.

The dust in their musical soul comes from folk, rock, classical, jazz, country, latin . . . you name it. It all appears in the music, some in more of a cameo role than others.

"We are really excited to be playing there again.
It is such a wonderful festival.
Thanks again for having us back."

- Linda Weber, Tom Richardson & Terry Mills

Cantiamo Sonoma

Saturday, August 20 at 12:00 noon

Cantiamo Sonoma vocal ensemble Cantiamo Sonoma vocal ensemble's repertoire ranges from Medieval and Renaissance polyphony to recent work by contemporary composers. Cantiamo has performed throughout Northern California and is particularly well known for its Evensong services at local churches.

Cantiamo Sonoma appeared at the 2006 Art in the Redwoods, and was a smashing success in their return 2007 performance. They also performed at the Gualala Arts Center in April, 2008. We are looking forward to their 2011 performance.

John Micka

John Micka

Sunday, August 21 at 12:00 noon

John Micka, a 32-year resident of our area, is self taught on the classical guitar. It has been a personal teaching journey of 22 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.

Mendonoma Madrigals

Sunday, August 21 at 12:15 p.m.

Mendonoma Madrigals

The Mendonoma Madrigals will be led by Michael Bierbaum, singing Renaissance-style music including bawdy ballads, sad madrigals, lovely love songs and something about a chicken. Come and enjoy the fun.

The group includes Rosemary Bierbaum, Paddy Batchelder, Saundra Brewer, Marjie Van Gunten, Jane Shuler-Repp, Dan Chang and Roland Stoughton.


Marcia Lotter & Students

Sunday, August 21 at 2:15 p.m.

Marcia Lotter

Violinist Marcia Lotter and two of her students, Willa Cordrey and Paulina Power, will be accompanied by pianist Savannah Power playing folk tunes along with familiar classical pieces.

Open Clay Studio

Saturday, August 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
   Sunday, August 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Clay Studio Clay Studio Clay Studio

The clay studio offers a drop-in Open Studio facility for local artists and visitors, where they can learn how to make and decorate hand-built pottery items.

Try the potter's wheel for free!

Information on past festivals:

Entertainment 2010
Entertainment 2009

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