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2013: Festival - Entertainment - Top Hat Dinner - Quilt Raffle - Judge - Awards - Sponsors - Map - How to Enter


Art in the Redwoods Festival
Entertainment (2013)

Live music and dance 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 15
  6:00 p.m.  Top Hat Dinner

Friday, August 16
  4:00 p.m.  Champagne Preview
  6:00 p.m.  Judges Critique & Awards

Saturday, August 17
10:00 a.m.  Festival gates open
10:45 a.m.  White Hackle Pipe Band
11:00 a.m.  Open Clay Studio
11:30 a.m.  Tonewoods
12:00 p.m.  Storytelling for Children
  1:15 p.m.  Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers
  2:00 p.m.  Kashaya Storytelling
  3:00 p.m.  White Hackle Pipe Band
  4:00 p.m.  Haiku Path Inauguration
  5:00 p.m.  Festival gates close

Sunday, August 18
10:00 a.m.  Festival gates open
11:00 a.m.  Open Clay Studio
11:00 a.m.  John Micka, guitar
11:30 a.m.  Tonewoods
11:45 a.m.  Dance Performance
12:00 p.m.  Storytelling for Children
12:15 p.m.  Dance Performance
  1:15 p.m.  Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers
  2:15 p.m.  BAKU
  3:00 p.m.  Quilt Raffle Drawing
  3:00 p.m.  People's Choice Award
  4:00 p.m.  Festival gates close

thru Sunday, September 1
                   Fine Art Exhibit

White Hackle Pipe Band

Saturday, August 17 at 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, August 17 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 sixteenth 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.


Saturday, August 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
   Sunday, August 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 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.

Four-Eyed Frog Books

Storytelling for Children

Saturday, August 17 at 12:00 noon
   Sunday, August 18 at 12:00 noon

Once again, Joel 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.

Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers

Saturday, August 17 at 1:15 p.m.
   Sunday, August 18 at 1:15 p.m.

Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers: Eric Kritz, Rachel Kritz, Linda Bostwick, Sue Hansen, Jim Iversen, Bill Halderman, Claire Skilton, Michael Alexander, Sita Milchev, Suzanne Kritz, Irene Leidner, Lucienne Allen, Gail Thompson, Jeanne Jackson

The Ernest Bloch Bell Ringers will fill the air with the sounds of beautiful music each day at 1:15 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.

Eric Wilder telling Kashaya history in the redwood grove

Kashaya Storytelling

Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Kashaya history story-telling by Eric Wilder, located at the Fairy Ring.

Haiku Stone Path

Haiku Path Inauguration

Saturday, August 17 at 4:00 p.m.

The Haiku Stone Path, the newest project on the Gualala Arts Center grounds, will be inaugurated on Saturday, August 17 at 4 p.m. as a part of 52nd Annual Art in the Redwoods Festival, with haiku readings, sushi and sake from Laura Leigh, shakuhachi music by Karl Young and local harvested miso soup by Donna Bishop.

John Micka

John Micka

Sunday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m.

John Micka, a 34-year resident of our area, is self taught on the classical guitar. It has been a personal teaching journey of 24 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.

Tessa Howard

Howard & Jones Dance Performance

Sunday, August 18 at 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, August 18 at 12:15 p.m.

Tessa Howard and Ling-Yen Jones will perform two dances. The first will be performed to an Enya song titled "Water Shows the Hidden Heart." There are four parts of this song, which portrays a relationship between two individuals. Tessa and Ling-Yen will perform an interpretative dance of the four phases that comprise the song. The first phase, enjoying each other's togetherness. The second phase, realizing differences ... running away. The third phase, separation ..... bitterness. The fourth phase, finding each other back together again.

Their second performance will be to Que Rico Mambo, a fun dance that expresses enjoying happy life.

Grand Finale: Where East Meets West
BAKU, Jafro Fusion Music

Sunday, August 18 at 2:15 p.m.


The theme of the Sunday afternoon Grand Finale is "Where East Meets West." Local musicians performing as BAKU will be playing their unique and totally improvised Jafro-Fusion music, which is a synthesis of jazz, Afro beat, Middle Eastern and other influences and rhythms.

BAKU was selected as the name of the ensemble to honor the capital of Azerbaijan, which marks the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe and its diverse cultural and musical influences. BAKU features Harrison Goldberg, reeds and percussion, Nancy Feehan, cajon and percussion, David French, acoustic bass, Tim Mueller, guitar and Christian 'Chris' Doering, guitar. Join in this celebration of musical discovery as BAKU takes you on a surprising and unpredictable journey.

Open Clay Studio

Saturday, August 17 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
   Sunday, August 18 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!

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

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.