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Angela Kirkner Executive Director 408 494 3590 (onsite cell # 408 888 1772)

Tapestry Arts Festival 2002

Tapestry and KGO Newstalk AM 810  present the 27th annual Tapestry Arts Festival in downtown San Jose on
Labor Day Weekend, August 31, September 1 & 2, 2002.   This FREE community event is open 10:00 AM - 6:00
PM all three days.  Tapestry is a nonprofit arts organization. Festival proceeds support art education programs for children in local schools and arts outreach to the community.   Silicon Valley's oldest & largest street festival features 350 arts & craft booths, a diverse array of local & international cuisine, the indoor Design for Living Home & Garden Show and the Creativity Zone: a free, hands-on art activity area for kids and their parents.  Live music, theatre and dance performances will entertain an estimated 250,000 attendees on six festival stages.   

Tapestry invites the public to explore the works of artists from around the country. Festival arts and crafts include fun and functional ceramics, unique clothing and jewelry, paintings, sculpture, prints, as well as fine works of leather and wood. The works displayed in this event focus on high quality, originality and a bit of whimsy. Tapestry Arts Festival was voted one of Sunshine Magazine's "200 Best" in 2001. Artists will line Almaden Boulevard from San Carlos to Santa Clara Streets as well as Park Avenue from Market Street to Woz Way.

On Saturday morning, from 10 am to 12 noon, KGO Newstalk AM 810 will broadcast  live, "Dining Around with Gene Burns". Be in the audience as Gene talks about food, wine and travel from the Festival site. A broad mix of musical sounds will ring out from six outdoor stages. With a little something for everyone, Tapestry's entertainment line-up includes classic rock with such bands as Double Funk Crunch and Robert Berry. Fans of swing will know and welcome Wally's Swing World. Classical and guitar music will happen in front of the Center for Performing Arts by groups such as Klarinet Kapers and the Barbary Coast Guitar Duo. Jazz aficionados will enjoy Marshall Art Shapiro and Friends, Steve Czarnecki's Soul/Jazz Quartet and the Tocanto Brazilian Jazz Band.  International performers will share their skills with the audience at the River Park Stage, including such acts as: Sunugal Ballet (African Dance), Ramana Vieria (Portuguese Music), Hellenic Traditional Arts Institute (Greek Dance) and Folklorico de Sacred Heart (youngsters performing Mexican Dance folk dances).

Rounding out the festival experience will be foods from around the world. Tasty treats include such international fare as Brazilian crepes, Sushi, Gyros, Dolmas, and traditional festival foods such as pizza, hot dogs, corn on the cob and funnel cakes. Beverages are available throughout the festival.

The Creativity Zone is the festival destination for children and families. This is where youngsters have an opportunity to create their own artwork free of charge. Under the guidance of professional artists, kids of all ages will be able to try their hand at making their own decorated boxes, tissue-paper stained glass, clay creations, masks, fun baggy hats, or circus skills under the tutelage of Cosmo the Circus Master.Throughout the weekend, storyteller Kellmar will entertain and fascinate children of all ages as she weaves her magical stories. A great example of how Tapestry Arts Festival brings the community together is the Museums of San Jose booth in the Creativity Zone. Local museums will participate in the "Zone" by providing activities that include The Tech Museum of Innovation's marshmallow and spaghetti submarines, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles' quilting activity, Children's Discovery Museum's Alice in Wonderland bunny ears and more.

Community involvement continues with Nonprofit Way. This is an area of the festival set-aside for local nonprofit organizations to set up their booths and interact with the public. Local theatre companies, animal rescue, city agencies and more, distribute their literature and let everyone know just how active our region is. Inside Parkside Hall, is the Design for Living Home and Garden Show. This is a unique attraction at Tapestry Arts Festival. More than 100 vendors display all manner of gizmos, gadgets and the latest innovations in making homes more functional and life more fun. Visitors can watch a cooking demonstration, shop for designer BBQ's and elegant garden furniture or have your ceiling painted with the star constellation of your birth date. For the ultimate luxury shoppers there are personal saunas and soft spas. Just outside Design for Living is Interactive Alley  which is the outdoor sports and home recreation area of the festival. The "Alley" features a rock-climbing wall, spas and Jacuzzis and a hang-gliding simulator. Golfers will find three booths with everything in mind to help their swing!

This year … Yahoo! Sports NBA Rhythm 'n Rims presented by Reebok will join Tapestry with their basketball & music road tour.  Basketball fans, and anyone else who visits Rhythm 'n Rims, can listen to music, slam dunk, measure up against life size images of NBA players or go one on one against their favorite player on the NBA's latest video games, compete in non-stop basketball games and more.

The festival is easily accessible by Light Rail (Convention Center Station).   Ample free parking is providing in several downtown San Jose parking lots. Visit Tapestry's website at www.tapestryintalent.org for directions, more information, and locations of parking lots.

As a nonprofit organization, Tapestry uses festival revenue to provide quality programs for the community. Festival proceeds are invested in local neighborhoods and schools through Tapestry's arts outreach and arts education programs. Tapestry provides long and short-term arts residencies to local homeless shelters, community centers and elementary schools. Tapestry Arts Festival is a cultural celebration that allows Tapestry's work to continue all year long.

Festival Information Hotline:  (408) 494-3590   OR   www.tapestryintalent.org
 
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