Two stylish ladies in red dresses and picture hats — on an oceanfront bluff painting a picture or holding wine—will welcome participants in this year’s Cambria Art & Wine Festival.
The women are on Howard Kline’s $2,200 watercolor painting, featured on the event’s iconic poster. Kline is a noted abstract painter with his own Cambria gallery, and has been a professional artist for three decades.
The whimsical artwork, “Bon Vivant,” will be the premier auction item at the event, with an opening bid of $600. Funds raised at the art show-silent auctions will benefit many charities supported by the Cambria Chamber of Commerce and Allied Arts Association.
Kline is one of nearly four dozen artists who are participating in the three-day North Coast festival Friday through Sunday, Jan. 29 through 31. Some will be demonstrating at the main venues or in various businesses.
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Friday night’s Kick-Off party is sold out.
Saturday’s Main Event includes wine tasting, refreshments, working-artist booths, specials and discounts in both sections of town, headquartered at the Cambria Historical Museum on the corner of Burton Drive and Main Street, and at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St. Various shops and businesses also will be participating at their own locations.
More than 20 area wineries will pour samples.
Saturday night’s events include an annual winemaker dinner at Mustache Pete’s Italian Eatery, organized by the Rotary Clubs of Cambria. Purchase tickets through www.CambriaArtWine.com.
Linn’s and Robin’s restaurants also will feature wine-pairing meals. Harmony Cellars will host a barrel tasting and Lion’s Peak, Moonstones and Fermentations will hold wine-and-cheese pairings.
Sunday’s artists’ faire will feature wine tastings, art demonstrations and sales, and concludes with prize drawings. Participants earn drawing tickets by visiting local participating businesses, but winners need not be present at the drawings.
Several ticket packages are available through the Web site, including an option for teetotalers/designated drivers.
For details, go to the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St. (927-3624), or the Cambria Historical Museum at Burton Drive and Center Street.
Other events include an appearance by Native American jeweler and poet Mitchell Nicola Dean at Cinnabar Rock Trail, 4121 Burton Drive, on Saturday. A $10 donation is requested for admission to a lecture he will give from 4 to 5 p.m.
Author Julia Stanert will sign her children’s book “Shelby, the Brave Little Pup,” about a stranded elephant seal, from noon to 2 p.m. at Froggies, 801 Main St., on Saturday. She will join book illustrator Jayne Koontz from 3 to 6 p.m. the same day at Robin’s Restaurant, 4095 Burton Drive, where both will sign the books.