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Festival of Trees 2011
A fundraising event for Gualala Arts

    Friday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Fantasy Forest Tree Contest

Festival of Trees Beautifully decorated trees have always been a highlight of the Festival, but this year there will be a new challenge! The Festival of Trees Committee is looking for trees that might not be so traditional. How about using some kelp or driftwood instead? Or ceramics? Or make a quilt? There will PRIZES offered for first ($150), second ($75) and third place (goodies package from Gualala Arts).

Everyone is invited to participate in this contest. There is no entry fee and all media are welcome. To be included, fill out the Fantasy Forest Tree Contest Entry Form and submit it by November 15. The contest trees will be considered donations to the Arts Center, which will in turn be sold to the public during the Festival of Trees weekend. The judging will occur on November 25.

Gualala Arts' Eighth Annual Festival of Trees will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., kicking off the Holiday Season on the Mendonoma Coast. Admission is free.

The entire Arts Center will be transformed into mid-19th Century Gualala. Highlights include festively decorated booths displaying handcrafted wares and demonstrations in both the Coleman Auditorium and the Burnett Gallery.

Festival of Trees: Toys The Gualala Arts Interest Groups will again fill the Burnett Gallery with a wonderful display of crafts handmade by our own Pacific Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Fiber Arts Group, Woodcarvers and Woodworkers groups, Basket Makers and Beads n' Beyond.

In the Coleman Auditorium, visitors will discover several familiar artists offering their beautiful crafts and several new faces: Joan Rhine Designs jewelry, Jennie Henderson's Fancy Fibers, Jan Maria Chiappa's Which Craft Workshop pottery and scarves, Bill and Sue Halderman's Birdhouses, Walt Rush Studio's jewelry, Cinnabar Ceramics by Geoff Graham, Simply Seablime jewelry by Marianne Baxter, Debles Pebbles & Jenna's Jottings by Ellen Soule and family, Greetings from Nature by Rozann Grunig, and De Tie Dye Lady by De Williams. And back again this year in the Elaine Jacob Foyer is Kirby Leary with her beautiful cards and jewelry designs, and Charlie Lorenz will be outside the entrance to Gualala Arts Center with his fresh wreaths.

Festival of Trees: Santa The Gualala Arts Country Store will be coming back to the Festival in 2011, located on the stage in the Coleman Auditorium. Again these local merchants will have a variety of tempting organic foods and homemade goods for sale, many of which we enjoy during the summer Farmer's Market. Participants include Mustard Mistress (Amie Heath), Red Dog Ranch (Rich & Victoria Fesler), Gualala Seaweed Products (Donna Bishop), Flying Noir Art & Chocolate (Karen Urbanek), Lisa's Luscious Jams & Jellies (Lisa Joakimides), Felt Hats (Tess McGuire), Annapolis Winery, Heron Fox Farms (Heron Fox), and Green Gorge Family Farm (Anna Dobbins).

Upstairs, the Magical Gingerbread House will again offer activities and crafts for the children. For the delight of children of all ages there will be daily visits from Santa Claus.

Festival of Trees: Sweet Shoppe Holiday cookies, breads, puddings, fruitcake and an assortment of confections will be available for sale at Mrs. Claus' Bake Shoppe & Confectionery. Local bakers and candy makers donate goods from their favorite holiday recipes (many handed down through the generations) to this appetizing shop.

Festival-goers will be greeted in the foyer by the Old Gualala Mill Cookhouse serving fresh baked goods in the morning, and hearty homemade vittles for lunch, as well as fresh coffee, hot chocolate, chilled apple juice, and hot-spiced apple cider. For the adults, there will be the yummy winter beverage available, called "Scrumpy." Relax and enjoy the piano entertainment provided by Renata Yardumian and Don Krieger.

Refreshed, you may continue shopping for that perfect gift and take a closer look at the beautifully decorated Fantasy Forest Christmas trees decorated with exquisite ornaments for sale by silent auction.

Come enjoy the Festival of Trees!

Artists: Download the
Vendor booth registration form
and / or
Fantasy Tree Contest entry form

Festival of Trees Gallery Exhibit And this year, holiday shoppers who miss the Festival of Trees Thanksgiving weekend need not miss out on the opportunity to buy handcrafted one-of-a-kind items that support local artists and businesses. Throughout December until January 1 the Burnett Gallery will offer the Festival of Trees Gallery Exhibit.

Helen Klembeck, the Dolphin Gallery director, and her team will review all of the items on display during the Festival of Trees and select the most appropriate for inclusion at Gualala Arts Center. The month-long sale is an opportunity for those who were unable to participate in the Thanksgiving weekend festivities to be included in the effort to showcase the wares of local residents. It will be an encore experience for others who did attend to shop, this time in an uncrowded, relaxed environment.

Past Events
Festival of Trees 2010
Festival of Trees 2009
Festival of Trees 2008
Festival of Trees 2007

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