The King’s Mountain Art Fair, held every Labor Day Weekend, offers the only best of the best in Arts and Crafts and Entertainment! Since 1963, this juried art fair located off Skyline Boulevard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, has benefited the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Kings Mountain Elementary School, and the local community. Today, Kings Mountain has a reputation as one of the best art shows on the West Coast, and was selected as one of the top five fine craft fairs in California (2010 Art Fair SourceBook). The strict criteria of the Fair permits only original art that is not created or distributed by any “mass production” technique. This event is a genuine grassroots community phenomenon, 100% volunteer-run and without any form of corporate sponsorship.
Also, in addition to the juried, section of the Fair, the local community has its own section of the festival, where the “mountain folk” can sell and exhibit their products and crafts. In the past, this has included everything from local honey and beeswax candles, sculptures made from recycled discards, paintings, clothing, and even alpaca wool products.
This year, the 47th annual Kings Mountain Art Fair, features 130 juried artists and 25 mountain folk artists under the redwoods surrounding the Kings Mountain Fire Station. It runs 10 am to 5 pm daily over Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 4, 5, and 6. Parking near the Fair is limited, but parking is available along Skyline Boulevard, with regular shuttle service from designated stops. Or, if you prefer, take a stroll in the woods down the Skyline Trail, which parallels the road, enjoying the beautiful redwoods, as many choose to do, as the Skyline Trail passes right through the Art Fair grounds.
The food offered is simple, but using only the best ingredients, such as 100% natural beef in its hamburgers. You can purchase other items like nachos, grilled chicken sandwiches, and Peet’s coffee, plus giant cookies baked by the local parents and sold by the kids. These soft and tasty cookies, in varieties ranging from oatmeal raisin to chocolate chip, are sold from wagons and baskets, and are always a treat! Beer and wine are also available, with wine provided by the J. Lohr and Ridge Wineries.
The Art Fair is also a mecca for those who appreciate hand-blown art glass, with nearly a dozen glass artists, including King’s Mountain Art Fair regular David Salazar of Santa Cruz, whose distinctive paperweights featuring undersea life never fail to delight. Another intriguing local artist is Silvio J. Modena Jr, of Half Moon Bay, whose booth “I Make Bells” features unique artistic bells handcrafted from old metal pressure cylinders. Young and old love to listen to the softly reverberating tones of these bells, floating through the forest. Recycling never sounded so good!
And as far as wonderful sounds go, another feature of the King’s Mountain Art Fair is the music of Aryeh Frankfurter of Lionharp Music, who performs live harp music in a glade surrounded by booths filled with original art, amid a grove of towering redwoods.
The Fair is also a great place for kids, with a forest glade entirely dedicated to the entertainment of its smallest attendees. Check it out for fun for the entire family!
After you’ve enjoyed the fair, you might also want to explore the numerous hiking trails in the area, including the Skyline Trail, which runs along the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Also, the Thomas Fogarty Winery (www.fogartywinery.com) is right down the road, with tasting and a gorgeous view over San Francisco Bay. Across the road from the winery, you can travel down a scenic dirt road to the Yerba Buena Nursury (www.yerbabuenanursury.com) and check out their over 600 varieties of native plants, and take a stroll in their picturesque two acre demo garden.
Art Fair photos courtesy of the Kings Mountain Art Fair and Phyllis Neumann, photographer.
47th ANNUAL KINGS MOUNTAIN ART FAIR
13889 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, California
(415) 722 7326
General Information: (650) 851-2710
47th annual Kings Mountain Art Fair, featuring 130 juried artists and 25 mountain folk artists under the redwoods
Labor Day Weekend, 2010
September 4, 5, and 6 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
10AM to 5 PM
Kings Mountain Fire Station
13889 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside, 94062
Kings Mountain stretches along 10 rural miles of Skyline Boulevard between Highway 92 and Highway 84. This stretch of road is a California Scenic Drive, lined with redwood forest and open space preserves.
Fine art under the redwoods!
Kings Mountain was selected as one of the top five fine craft fairs in California (2010 Art Fair SourceBook). The jury process ensures the highest quality of arts and crafts balanced across categories (painting, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, toys, etc.). There are wonderful items available at all price ranges, from $10 to $10,000. The artists’ booths are set up around the firehouse, spilling over into the surrounding redwood forest.
This is a true grassroots event, 100% volunteer-run, with no corporate sponsorship.
In Kiddie Hollow, children of all ages can make their own art at the supervised booths, including spin, string, straw, and glitter art, among other activities. There is a nominal fee for many of these activities ($3 for 12 tickets, $5 for 24). There’s plenty of free stuff, too, including the reading corner and an authentic Native American teepee to explore. Parent’s Retreat overlooks Kiddie Hollow, so the adults can relax while the children play. Kiddie Hollow is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Breakfast with the artists – 8 to 10:30AM
Lunch – 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Kings Mountain Art Fair offers satisfying “fair food” like burgers and corn on the cob. Our volunteers in the cook shack seek out the highest quality ingredients every year, settling for nothing less than 100% all natural beef, for example. Grandma Jenny’s giant cookies (baked by local school parents) are sold as a special fund-raiser for the Kings Mountain Elementary School.
Proceeds from the Art Fair go back to the community, primarily supporting the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade, a group that responds to more than 150 emergencies a year, and the Kings Mountain Elementary School. The firehouse was built using Art Fair funds and volunteer labor, and the four-room public school recently installed a much needed, new classroom with the help of Art Fair funds.
Started in 1963 by local homeowners as a fund-raiser to help create a volunteer fire company for the remote Kings Mountain community, the first fair was held in a red barn with mostly local artists and raised $50. The fair has grown over the years, and now has a reputation among artists and fairgoers alike as one of the best art shows on the West Coast.
Park along Skyline Boulevard and take the complimentary shuttle to the fair, available wherever there is a shuttle sign (about two miles north and south of the firehouse).
Because much of the art is fragile, dogs and bicycles are not permitted on the fair grounds. Bicycle racks are available. Fairgoers may want to bring a sweater in case of cooler weather under the shade of the trees.