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“55 YEARS OF EXPLORING
WITH A TOUCH OF INNOVATION”
IS THEME FOR THE 2015
HILLCREST FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS

Hillcrest festival of fine arts

The Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts, a major juried art show, is excited to announce “55 Years of Exploring With A Touch of Innovation” as the theme of the 55th Festival of Fine Arts, to be held February 20, 21 & 22, 2015.  The Featured Artists are Yoshio (Yosh) Nakamura, award-winning painter and mixed media artist, and Armando Baeza, noted sculptor. In addition, 200 other artists will be exhibiting and selling their artwork over the three-day festival.

Yosh Nakamura: Mixed Media

Yosh Nakamura: Mixed Media

Nakamura’s connection with the Hillcrest Festival started in 1960 as the first artist demonstrator with his watercolor paintings, and he has participated in all festivals but one since then. He received his BFA (magna cum laude) and MFA from USC and began his teaching career as an art teacher at Whittier High School. When Rio Hondo College started to offer classes in 1963, he was the first faculty member to sign a contract and became the founding Chair of the Fine Arts Department.  His current work includes his original paintings, graphics and drawings that are integrated with the computer. He has won numerous awards with his graphics, paintings and photographs and is in many private, public and corporate art collections.

Nakamura is “honored and thrilled” to share the featured artist billing with sculptor Armando Baeza. The pair first exhibited together at the Madonna Festival in Los Angeles many decades ago.

Armando Baeza: Sculpture

Armando Baeza: Sculpture

Baeza was born in Los Angeles and is a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific Islands.  He is an alumnus of the Otis Institute of Art, majoring in Sculpture.  He worked as a 3D animator in Hollywood and as a doll and toy designer for all the major toy companies for forty-one years while doing fine art at the same time. His first major public artwork in bronze was in 1962, and he has continued to create bronze sculptures of various sizes. Baeza’s signature public art work is his bronze sculpture near the entrance to the Pico Rivera City Hall.

Baeza writes, “Composing a design in sculpture is very much like what I believe some composers do to reach their finished work.  In music, composers arrive at a theme, a design, a melody of their liking, and from there,  begin to develop variations, expressions, and musical forms of the original theme to its completion. Likewise, I start with a design, a melody of forms, a theme, and begin to vary and clarify the forms without destroying the original theme or design to its completion in bronze – hopefully with significant uniqueness and meaning.”

The festival, now celebrating its 55th year, has an extensive variety of art available for purchase at a wide range of prices: watercolor and oil paintings, unique jewelry, ceramics, acrylics, pottery, ceramics, hand-woven clothing, photography, stained glass, metal and wire sculpture, woodworking, and a great selection of handcrafted gifts in the Arts & Crafts Boutique.  There will also be many artists demonstrating their skills throughout the weekend.  Children can participate in the free art workshops on Saturday and Sunday where they can make their own creations.  Festival attendees can browse, shop, enjoy musical entertainment, and eat at the Starving Artist Café, sponsored by Lascari’s Restaurant.  The festival attracts art aficionados young and old from all over California.  Each year many new artists, as well as long-time favorites, are chosen to participate.

Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday, 11:30 am to 5:00 pm Sunday.

Admission and parking are free.

The festival is hosted by Hillcrest Congregational Church and is located at 2000 West Road in La Habra Heights.

(562) 947-3755
www.hillcrest-church.org
www.hillcrestfestivaloffinearts.org

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