ALL THE WAY!
By Rob Franco
Sausalito is "world
class" for many reasons! Its views, ambience, architecture,
hotels, restaurants, its many unique points of interest and the fact
that people from all over the world flock here each year to enjoy its
world class beauty, all make Sausalito a world class city. I could go on…
But there is a "world class" event coming up this month, held
annually over Labor Day weekend and its right across the Bay from
Sausalito is currently gearing
up for its 49th Annual Sausalito Art Festival, rated the #1 Fine
Arts Festival in America. Often considered one of Northern California’s
and the Bay Area’s best kept secrets, the Sausalito Art Festival draws
over 60,000 visitors and artists from around the world.
Over 1,200 artists,
internationally, apply to exhibit and sell their work at one of the most
prestigious juried non-profit art festivals in the nation.
Festival-goers have the opportunity to meet 270 artists selected to
participate in this spectacular outdoor festival. More than 20,000
original works of art, including paintings, watercolor, sculpture,
ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, 2 &
3D mixed media, wearable art, photography and digital arts, will be
showcased on the visually stunning Bay front festival grounds.
Attendance is further enhanced
with top name entertainment on two stages, fine gourmet
food served throughout the festival, fine wines and premier
beers and a children’s theater as well as art and other activities
the whole family can enjoy. This years entertainment includes Richie
Havens, John Hammond, the Murasaki Ensemble, Malo with Jorge Santana,
Jefferson Starship, Wonderbread Five, Nicholas Glover & Wrey, The
Bacon Brothers and Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks.
The festival is located at The
Bay Model Visitor Center and Marinship Park on the historic
Sausalito waterfront, where the liberty ships were built during World
War II. Known worldwide as one of the most unique artist communities,
Sausalito and the Marinship area holds the largest concentration of
working art studios in the country. Long before the Golden Gate Bridge
was built, Sausalito was the meeting place of artists, writers, poets,
musicians, philosophers and other creative and free thinking people. Now
it is also the home of the Nation’s top rated Fine Arts Festival.
The GALA that launches the
Festival is always a memorable event experience in itself.
The Sausalito Cultural Arts
Foundation and the Friends of the Festival invite you to join the artist
in advance celebration at the Festival’s GALA Premiere on
Friday, August 31, 2001 which runs from 6:30pm to midnight. Meet the
artist and preview the art during an evening of exquisite dining
presented by Dan McCall & Associates with hosted spirits, dancing
and entertainment on three stages including Dick Bright’s
"SRO" Orchestra. Attendees of the GALA can freely walk the
Festival grounds, preview all the art and meet the artists. The theme
this year is Mardi Gras, so you have a choice of black tie dress
or you can wear costumes, masks, beads, and be ready to Let the
Good Times Roll…all night long!
Ticket prices are $15.00 for
general admission. $7.00 for seniors and $5.00 for juniors 5-12 years
old. Children under 5 years of age are admitted free. A $2.00 discount
off the $15.00 general admission price is available for advance group
ticket sales of 40 or more. For advance Blue and Gold Fleet direct ferry
service and Festival tickets call (415) 705-5555. Golden Gate
Ferry service is also available. For GG Ferry schedule information call
(415)923-2000. To order advance GALA and group festival tickets, contact
festival headquarters by August 15, 2001. Travelers planning to stay in
the area over Labor Day weekend may contact the Sausalito Chamber of
Commerce for lodging referrals and information. Please make your
reservations well in advance if possible.
One of the most unique aspects
of this World Class Festival is that, over the years, it has been
organized and run by thousands of dedicated volunteers from the
community. The passion and dedication of these volunteers has made the
Festival the great success it is year after year. Many thanks to all
festival organizers, volunteers and supporters for sharing their time,
energy and enthusiasm. If you are interested in volunteering at
least four hours of your time to work during the Festival, in return you
will be given free admission, a festival shirt and refreshments. Feel
free to call the Festival office if you are interested.
Call the Festival recorded
information HotLine at (415) 331-3757 for more information or try
the Sausalito Art Festival website at www.sausalitoartfestival.org.
Come for the Festival or come
all week. There is much to see and do in and around Sausalito and
remember, IT’S ALL WORLD CLASS!