Made on the Coast Locals Block has announced the call for entries for the 2019 Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, sponsored by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee. Deadline for entries is July 12.
Made on the Coast provides a quiet corner for local artists to present their craft amid the hubbub of Pumpkin Festival. Last year, 18 artists participated in the one-day, pop-up event, including local painters, photographers, jewelers, furniture-makers, stone sculptors and glass artists.
Nancy Quickert has been participating in Made on the Coast almost since it began.
The Montara potter feels like she is representing part of the arts and crafts that are happening locally. In addition to bringing her wares, she also throws clay on her wheel while people watch.
She is not the only one with an interactive booth.
“A couple years ago they had a booth where people could write haiku,” she said. “The high school art program always has a booth that is interactive. You never know what they will come up with.”
Coastal San Mateo County artists, from Montara to Pescadero and Skyline to the sea, are encouraged to apply.
Entries are reviewed and juried by professional artists, who aim to keep the quality and originality of the work high, as well as keeping the booth offerings balanced and varied.
Quickert said there is a different vibe on the Locals Block than at the rest of the festival, a little more down-to-earth and homespun.
“A lot of people working on the coast are inspired by where we live, by the natural beauty of the area,” she said. “That soulfulness comes through in people’s work.”
She says you won’t find as many holiday-inspired art pieces in this quiet corner, but there are still some tributes to the festival’s icon.
“I do make some pumpkin jars,” she said, “but they are earthy looking.”
This year’s Made on the Coast will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, during Pumpkin Festival.