Sunday, September 25, 2011

Reflection of the culture- Art and WIne Festival

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival

Couple of weeks ago, I hung out with my friend in downtown Mountain View, California, for 40th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival.  Yes, as the name indicates, it exhibits and sells art and craft works of over 600 artists and also it introduces, promotes and sells wines. I spent a whole day strolling around with a glass of wine in hand, enjoying beautiful art, craft and so many other things. But what I realized that this event was much more than art and wine.

I was attending this event after three years so I noticed changes in the types of art and craft objects. Generally, art and craft evokes emotions by its beauty or symbols, and it does reflect culture or perception of the artists. This is not for all artworks but many of the artworks/craftworks depict tradition, culture, religion or/and faith of the society. I saw the works of the artists crossing traditional boundaries of classical art. Many of them used  innovative materials such as Aluminum and plastic instead of canvass, techniques and ideas.
Few of them are cited below-
Of course the booth selling Tie-dye apparels appeared like new improved comeback as non-toxic dyes and carefully designed patterns. They were ready to be purchased by the environmentally conscious baby boomers creating notalgic feelings of rock/roll music.

Look at the Magnetic healing Bracelets booth, even sun lights creating these mystical properties of products. Many residents of this city and surrounding area are health conscious and believe in  eastern practice of Yoga(Check out an another event of  peace-EarthDance in the area), Meditation, Acupuncture and so on. They are perfect consumers for these products.

Another craft object, "Celtic Medallion", a perfect example of reflection of Irish cultures. As shown in the photo you follow the lines of Celtic symbols printed on wooden circle with a wooden stick. They are supposed to take you in a peaceful state of mind. Everybody was stopping to try it out and I wondered about it.

The music bands had various ethnic flavor. As shown in the photo, a young boy (Look carefully, he is so short that you may not see him) on a drums playing in a live band definitely depicted the enterprising spirit of Silicone valley. Many food artisans were focusing on organic and green products. The wine tastings included wines from Napa, Sonoma, Chillin regions and Italian regions. 

The community-oriented event like this encourages people to interact with each other and bridges boundaries between the artisans and the users. And of course wine, good food, music and connecting with friends are additional fun.

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