27th Annual California Strawberry Festival Offers Special Opportunity For Artisans

Calling artists with a passion for the berry best… California Strawberry Festival organizers are extending the Arts & Crafts artist application deadline so artists may apply who desire to showcase their original works at the heralded event that attracts thousands in Oxnard the weekend of May 15, 16, 2010. Beyond the February deadline, applications are still being accepted on a continuous basis for space or waiting list consideration.

The presentation has won awards from Sunshine Artist Magazine and attracts artists from across America, from New York to Washington State. The juried showcase with over 300 presenters features a variety of mediums ranging from collage, drawings, leather, glass, mosaic, mixed media, photography, graphic art, sculpture, handmade toys and youth accessories. (The jewelry, clothing and purses/bags categories are already full). No mass, commercially produced arts and crafts items are acceptable. Product quality and presentation play a key role in the selection process. “The art vendors are a highlighted tradition of the Festival because patrons love browsing through the booths to find that perfect something they can’t get anywhere else,” says Dana Hale-Mounier of Pacific Fine Arts.

Art applicants must contact Pacific Fine Arts for an application:
Contact: Troy and Dana Hale-Mounier
Pacific Fine Arts
P.O. Box 280
Pine Grove, CA 95665
(209) 267-4394 or via email: pfa@pacificfinearts.com
Applications are available on line at www.pacificfinearts.com

A non-profit corporation, the multi-faceted California Strawberry Festival which began in 1984 pays homage to the region’s $230 million annual strawberry industry garnered from 11,538 bountiful berry acres while giving back to the community through a multitude of beneficial ways. To date, more than $3.5 million has benefited the extended community through berry charitable efforts.

Never in short supply, delicious strawberry dishes are a key attraction, from kabobs to pizza and even strawberry beer -- strawberries shortcaked, chocolate dipped, glazed and powdered, are all for the feasting from 50 food and beverage booths. In addition to the amazing arts & crafts, with rides and attractions, gooey contests, Strawberryland For Kids, the Strawberry Promenade, and live concerts, the Festival serves up all-day fun for the entire family. Admission ranges from $5 to $12. Hours are 10:00a.m. to 6:30p.m. both days. The California Strawberry Festival Information Line is 1 888 288-9242 or visit the official website at www.strawberry-fest.org where admission tickets may also be purchased in advance without processing fees.