A West Shore favorite, the Pacific Fine Arts Festival was founded in 1973 and is a Homewood staple, featuring paintings, drawings, photography, and jewelry. This year, the August 30 - September 1 show features over 40 artists from all over California, a few names to note are Donald Ewen, Garry Moore, Rubadin Nzalamba, and John and Sue Odenheimer.
According to the San Francisco Gate, "watercolorist Donald Ewen is not known for being traditional. 'I do a lot of things but mainly I am trying to represent more of a style than a subject matter,' Ewen said. 'I'm hearing from other people that my painting is quite unusual.'" Donald Ewen became a well know artist back in 1983, when the aspiring artist created "Iris Night," a rendering of white irises on a black background that became the top-selling poster in the country for six weeks.
A Tahoe local, Garry "Kiwi" Moore specializes in fine art color photography, focusing on images from Lake Tahoe and northern California.
Raised in Uganda, East Africa, Paul Nzalamba was exposed to art as a young child, watching his mother design and construct baskets, floor mats, and room dividers. While achieving a degree in political science with honors at Makerere University in Kampala, he produced and sold his batik paintings. After further studies in Kenya, Paul traveled to Los Angeles to pursue his career. He found an enthusiastic audience for his fine art at West Coast art fairs and galleries and continued to refine and develop his batik techniques. With an exotic and rhythmic use of vibrant color and form, these images express both his cultural heritage and his personal experiences. While his paintings depict scenes from his native Africa, the themes which dominate his work are universally human - family, relationships, celebration, and learning.