The Cambrian

Arts Briefs

Photo by Douglas Despres

Inner pixies fly free at Faerie Festival

C hildren of all ages can indulge their inner pixies during the free 16th annual Faerie Festival at Heart’s Ease Herb Shop & Gardens from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25.

The festival is as much a rite of spring in Cambria as is the sight of lupine and other wildflowers on the green hills.

The shop is in a circa- 1870s home at 4101 Burton Drive, at Center Street.

Activities, many to be held in a flower-laden herb garden, include “Tails of Enchantment,” woven by storyteller Susan Pendergast; harp music; face painting; and balloon art by “Dr. Magic.” Tarot and palm reading will be available for a fee.

Children who come to the festival in costume as their favorite fairies or woodland pixies will receive a gift.

Children at the festival must be accompanied by an adult.

For details, call 927-5224 or go to

—Kathe Tanner

Photographer talks Saturday at the Bean

Cambria-based photographer Douglas Despres, recognized in the 56th annual Art of the Northeast, has his work up at Rainbow Bean Coffee House & Ice Creamery through Tuesday, April 27. The series of images, entitled “Behind Fences,” features

stark, black and white images he captured on the shores of Florida, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

A reception will follow a short talk by Despres at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24.

“Seeing the image is only half of it. Hearing my story is the other half,” he says.

The Bean is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at at 2320 Main St.

Van Rhyn talks art in San Luis

The Central Coast Watercolor Society meeting Tuesday, April 27, features a demonstration by Cambria artist Art Van Rhyn.

A cartoonist all his life, Van Rhyn was a boogiewoogie piano player in junior high school. He became a “serious” artist over 30 years ago when he learned to paint in watercolors.

College followed that and he recieved bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sculpture. When he retired in 1982 and moved to Cambria, he started a gallery on Moonstone Beach. He’ll talk about “The Use of Acrylic As A Watermedia” starting at 7 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Art Center, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.