In keeping with my current theory that the wonders close to home can be as much fun as the wonders far away, I hit the Malibu Arts Festival on Sunday. This particular festival has been put on for the last 41 years—naturally, this means that this summer was my first time there. How I have missed this in previous years remains a mystery. The festival was wall to wall artists as well as local businesses, many a food truck and some great entertainment. Plus, it was free. You can’t beat a free day in the Malibu sunshine.
Sadly, I’m still broke, so none of the artwork (or amazing silver jewelry) made it home with me. I did, however, indulge in my most recent pastime: envisioning what kind of home would be best to showcase artwork I love. That probably sounds strange, but the reality is that I live in a small, one-bedroom apartment, and it just wouldn’t do justice to some of the large-scale art pieces that had me mesmerized. For instance, an eight foot painting of Venice, Italy really captured my imagination (and my deep desire to return to the city), but none of the walls of my home would do it justice. I saw a fascinating sculpture called “The Decision” (sadly, not pictured) that I seriously contemplated– but my apartment isn’t much of a showcase. There are mounds of paper everywhere, so unless I bought it to use as a very expensive paperweight, it wouldn’t really fit. Yet.
Something that I think everyone should watch out for is Wanawake Handbags and Accessories. Ever since my hand-woven, colored straw summer bag died, I’ve been on the hunt for something to replace it. Wanawake’s colorful bags were very reasonably priced and gorgeous! One warning of caution, some of the bags that were on display were huge, so be sure to check out the dimensions before you purchase. I’m a very short person, and some of the display bags would have been larger than my entire torso. That didn’t stop me from wanting them, of course, but then I like to pretend that I’m actually 5’10” so…. The good news is that there are smaller bags that are just as fabulous for the more diminutive among us. Their new website isn’t up yet, but keep an eye out for it here: http://www.wanawakehandbags.com/
To check out photos of the artwork and ambiance, head over to the Malibu Arts Festival Facebook page!