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Stepping Out

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts set for this weekend

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is slated to host the 33rd annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on University Avenue.

The festival will showcase the work of 300 artisans, many of whom travel from around the country to participate in the event. The original works of art include a variety of displays, such as abstract paintings, sculptures in bronze and upcycled whimsical metal creations. The show will include functional and decorative ceramic pieces, mixed-media wall hangings, macro photographic images and an array of handcrafted jewelry.

First-time exhibitor Fredrick Prescott will present his animal menagerie of larger-than-life stainless-steel kinetic works of art at Sculpture Plaza, located at the corner of University and Cowper Street.

The Italian Street Painting Expo, located on Tasso Street, will feature more than 60 visual artists creating their temporary chalk works on asphalt canvases ranging in sizes up to 12-foot squares.

For children, Palo Alto’s Youth Community Service will offer young artists a chance to create their own chalk paintings in 2-foot squares. The Kids’ Art Studio is slated for Kipling Street. Palo Alto Parents & Professionals for Art will offer free art activities and provide experienced art instructors to teach young artists how to create works of art of their own.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample gourmet foods paired with wines or microbrews while listening to acoustic music at the Webster Stage or original tunes at the Waverley Stage.

“This is our largest fundraising event of the year and it also helps promote economic development and growth of business in Palo Alto,” said David MacKenzie, CEO and president of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 324-3121 or visit mlaproductions.com.

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