Free ArtFest 2018 is April 7 and April 8

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This year’s 21 ArtFest artists:

Loomis: Marianne Harris (pastel) and Unni Stevens (oil)

Penryn: Laura Bracken (jewelry) and Jennifer Duncan (fused glass jewelry, beads and plates)

Newcastle: Ann Ranlett (scratchboard)

Lincoln: Janette Jones (oil)

Rocklin: Karsten Mouras (hand-dyed fabrics and wearable art)

Roseville: Wayne Hopkins (photography), Jeannie O’Brien (photography) and Kathleen Stelzer (wire figures/assemblage)

Granite Bay: Susan Hog (oil)

Auburn: Robin King (acrylic wood signs/paintings), Chris Magisano (jewelry and High Hand Gallery artist) and Emilie Righetti (ceramics and kiln formed glass)

Colfax/Meadow Vista: Sarah Acrich (fiber art) and Barbara Ann Chestnutt (ceramics)

Grass Valley: Pamela Montalbano (ceramics)

North Highlands: Suzanne Goodwin (acrylic and oil on wood panels)

Sacramento: Becky Andrews (jewelry) and Marirose Jelicich (recycled inner-tube jewelry)

Gardnerville: Louise Noel (silk painting)


Know and Go:

What: fifth annual ArtFest 2018

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8

Where: High Hand Art Gallery, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis

Admission: free


If you’re looking for an art fix, it’s as easy as visiting the High Hand Art Gallery in downtown Loomis.

Twenty-one area artists are featured in the fifth annual ArtFest 2018 on April 7 and April 8 in the fruit shed. Another 25-plus artists have works displayed in the gallery.

“It’s a true festival of the arts,” said 2018 ArtFest coordinator Gia McNutt. “It’s free to the public and a perfect opportunity to find a unique piece of art for yourself or to give to someone.”  

Mediums represented include oil, pastel, acrylic and silk painting, jewelry, photography, fused glass, hand-dyed fabric, felting and fiber art, ceramics, wood signs and assemblage. Attendees can watch artists’ demos, talk to the artists, participate in art classes, enjoy live music and buy art.

All ArtFest booth artists demonstrate how they work.

In addition, gallery artists will do demos. Extra April 7 demonstrations are Edward Mallory (oil) from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Unni Stevens (oil) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and Lori Humphrey (mosaic) from 3 to 5 p.m. Extra April 8 demonstrations are Jennifer Duncan (glass jewelry) from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sue Ann Foster (repousse) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Anne Bradley (abstract mixed media) from 1 to 3 p.m.

Four classes will be held in the gallery studio: “introduction to alcohol art” by Patricia Sokolowski, “mini-journal cover design” by board chairwoman Debra Hosler, “fusing fun with glass” by Judy Butler and “jewelry box charm necklace” by Trisa Swerdlow.

ArtFest was founded by Hosler and gallery founder Patricia Sokolowski, according to McNutt.

“The purpose of ArtFest is to bring an art festival to Loomis and bring people to the High Hand Art Fruit shed, café, nursery and art gallery,” McNutt said. “In addition, ArtFest is a source of potential gallery artists. As an example, I showed at ArtFest 2015 and now I’m a High Hand Gallery member. It gives the artists and High Hand a chance to get to know each other a bit during the event.”

ArtFest 2018 hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8.

For more information, visit or call 916-259-4298.