The Rotary Club of Los Altos is upping its game for the 44th annual Fine Art in the Park open-air art show with a wide array of new and returning artists.
The festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 in Lincoln Park along Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.
Artists are selected by a jury to present a wide, ever-changing collection of a variety of media and styles. Proceeds from the event, which also includes food, beverages and live music, support Rotary Club programs.
Many artists are set to return, and many will participate for the first time.
Scott and Naomi Schoenherr of Laguna Beach will bring a collection of their whimsical, meticulously detailed cars from their Full Moon Clay Co. The pieces celebrate America’s obsession with classic cars and the great American road trip, poking fun at endless rush-hour traffic jams and reminding people of better times when couples would head out for a spin in the family sedan.
The Schoenherrs both earned arts degrees from the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. Scott also studied industrial design and worked in automotive design before specializing in clay. Together, the couple has created large works of public art as well as private commissioned pieces for clients’ homes. The current phase of their art can fit on a coffee table or shelf.
Their pieces begin with the rough form of a vehicle. People, animals and details are added on with care, and in great detail. The figures in the cars look as if a full moon has induced just a bit of crazy, and highlight their sense of joy. The cars often remind people of their favorite set of wheels. The couple also create commissioned pieces in which the characters resemble the client, a family member and even a family pet.
The Schoenherrs make their own custom glazes to capture the right look – from gloss to matte, and from translucent to opaque, adding precious metals to allow the chrome and metal parts to glimmer. The detail requires a multi-fired process that can take a month to complete. Knowing how each glaze will react and the order in which it can be applied is part of the technical process. The result is the culmination of the artists’ vision.
To meet the Schoenherrs, stop by booth 108 and browse the Full Moon Clay Co. creations.
For more information on the Schoenherrs, visit fullmoonclayco.com.
For more information on Fine Art in the Park, visit rotaryartshow.com.
Mark Rogge is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos and vice president of the Los Altos Village Association.