First held in 1961, the festival has become one of the Bay Area’s favorite community art events. Each year, artists and artisans donate and sell their work in support of the Richmond Art Center.
Tthe Richmond Art Center (RAC) will hold its annual Holiday Arts Festival this coming Sunday, December 2nd,
This year’s “Vintage Edition” will celebrate the festival’s half-century mark with a 1960s theme. The festival will feature art and vintage vendors, live music, cafe, a fine art and craft auction, and kids’ art activities.
The Center’s popular ceramics sale also returns, with hundreds of functional and decorative pieces handmade in the center’s ceramics studio. A portion of all arts and crafts sales directly benefits the RAC and its educational programming, exhibitions and community arts initiatives.
“The Holiday Art Festival has been held for more than 50 years! Looking through our archives, the earliest mention of the event we found was from a 1961 newspaper article announcing the Center’s “Christmas Bazaar.” And that was it –we had the theme for this year’s festival; the “Holiday Arts Festival, Vintage Edition,” said Kristen Jones, Holiday Arts Festival Committee Member.
“I hope you will join us at this year’s 1960s inspired celebration and fundraiser; dress up in 60’s costume, sip hot chocolate, bid in the silent auction, and enjoy live music while shopping for holiday gifts from local artists and vintage vendors.”
What’s Available: Prices of art, crafts, artisan and vintage goods range from $5 to $250, including a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, textiles, prints, ornaments, custom-made chocolates and art by artists from around the East Bay and creations by artists from the Richmond Art Center’s Studio Program.
The Richmond Art Center’s Ceramic Department will offer nearly 1,000 unique pieces.
The Holiday Arts Festival Silent Auction is now open online at www.therac.org and a live preview of auction items will be held at the Richmond Art Center on November 28th, 29th and 30th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Notable artists donating work to the auction include Wanxin Zhang, June Schwarcz, Alan Chin, and Richard Ambrose.
To place a bid on an auction item, please call Kristen Jones at (510) 620-6772. Auction winners can pick up their items between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the Holiday Arts Festival on December 2nd, or between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on December 8th.
When: Sunday, December 2nd, 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue (at the corner of Barrett and 25th Street), Richmond, CA 94804, adjacent to Civic Center Plaza. Wheelchair accessible, free parking, BART accessible.
Exhibition hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
www.therac.org or call (510) 620-6772.