My favorite crafts fair in the country will be held this coming weekend. On June 10 & 11, do not miss the 36th annual Live Oak Park Fair in Berkeley, California: 125 artists and craftspeople vie for your attention, and there will be plenty of live dancers, musicians, and lots of great food and drink. It's outside, the weather should be terrific, and there's lots for kids as well.
The park in a residential neighborhood and you may have to park a few blocks away, but you'll get to walk through a neighborhood with plenty of beautiful Craftsman houses to and from the park. Here are driving directions and a map; there's also a free shuttle from the nearby North Berkeley BART station.
While you are at the fair, don't miss Jeannine Calcagno Niehaus's booth (#48). Jeannine is a wonderful ceramic artist and I have been a big fan of hers ever since I first saw her work several years ago at the same fair. She'll be there with lots of her beautiful vases and bowls and other pieces - the wisteria, gingko and eucalyptus designs are especially apt for anyone looking to liven up their bungalow. Tell Jeannine you read about her and her work here, and pick up a piece or two!
This year's image is by Yoshiko Yamamoto, whose work should be familiar to many of you - not just her graphic art, but also as author of the many books she's made with her husband, Bruce Smith. They also produce The Tabby.