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“ELEMENTS: WOOD & GLASS” is Theme for the 2014 Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts

Hillcrest Festival 2014The Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts, a major juried art show, is excited to announce “Elements: Wood & Glass” as the theme of the 54th  Annual Festival, to be held February 21, 22 & 23, 2014.  Artists Bill Haskell and Andrew S. Phillips will be showcasing their artwork of turned wood and fused glass respectively as the Featured Artists at the festival.  In addition, nearly 200 other artists will be displaying and selling their artwork over the three-day festival. 

Bill Haskell, woodturner, has had a keen interest in creative expression since his early years.  He has developed that creativity in many mediums, including silver jewelry and metal sculpture.  Since 1989 he has been an avid and active woodturner, and now enjoys being challenged in new and exciting ways by the artistic and technical avenues into which the medium has expanded.  Haskell is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners, Collectors of Wood Art, and the Orange County Woodturners.

Artwork of Bill Haskell

Artwork of Bill Haskell

“In the process of creating and refining a successful form,” he states, “I seek to explore and focus on the natural qualities of wood.  Producing a turned item on a lathe is a creative adventure, from initially seeing what a tree section will reveal to using its characteristics advantageously in fashioning an appealing art piece.”

Andrew S. Phillips, glass fusing artist, also started at a young age.  “My love for glass began after breaking a church stained glass window while playing ball! Then the rock music and bright colors of the 1960’s was my inspiration in fusing.  This medium is never fixed; it’s always changing and evolving to my emotions.  I thank God for allowing me to work with this medium and for the invention of Band-Aids.”Phillips first learned the craft of stained glass when he was getting physical therapy after a back injury and surgery.  But he found stained glass to be restrictive, and he longed for more freedom.  He discovered the art of fusing glass fascinating and more exciting, and he says that it has given him a new lease on life and a new avenue to create.  In addition to fusing, Phillips is skilled in sandblasting, mold making, glass carving, glass painting and gold leafing.

Artwork of Andrew Phillips

Artwork of Andrew Phillips

The festival, now in its 54th 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, catered by Laura’s Café & Bakery.  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

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