The crowds gathered early and quickly Saturday morning as the Los Altos Rotary kicked off its annual Fine Art in the Park Show at Lincoln Park.
The wildly popular two-day event, now in its thirty-seventh year, features more than 175 artists who show and sell their creations under a canopy of shade trees in the 1.1-acre park, located at the intersection of Foothill Expressway and Main Street, in Los Altos.
Coeta Chambers, artist coordinator for the event, said the panoply of fine arts include ceramics, glass, jewelry, watercolors, acrylics, photography, metal sculptures and metal art.
The show is juried, Chambers said, adding that each year between 250 and 300 artists vie for a one of the coveted vendor spots. Artists come from communities throughout Northern California.
Among this year’s vendors is artist Anne Klocko, a 25-year Los Altos resident who has participated in the show for the past 20 years. She specializes in handmade figurative sculptures created in polymer clay. “I hand paint the faces and legs,” she said, adding that the clay figures, while durable, are best displayed indoors and away from harsh weather.
This year’s event also includes entertainment provided by the Los Altos High School Jazz Band and a variety of food vendors.
Paul Gonella, a spokesman for Los Altos Rotary, said proceeds from the event benefit local and international social projects through the Los Altos Rotary Club Endowment Fund.
The event continues Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit the Fine Art in The Park website at www.rotaryartshow.com.