The 17th annual Marin Art Festival is ON!

The Marin Art Festival at Lagoon Park on June 15 and 16 showcases the finest arts and crafts in Marin. The festival is a fabulous way to get a sampling of what’s going on all over the nation in painting, sculpture, jewelry and fine ceramic. Truly a masterpiece in itself, the Marin Art Festival combines a serious professional art exhibit with the natural beauty and casual atmosphere of a lawn party. The Lagoon Park at the Marin Center Fairgrounds is an extraordinary setting prompting some of the artists refer to this event as “the most beautiful art festival in America!”

In addition to the 200 artists displaying their works in bright pavilions all over the grounds, the entertainment includes world, R&B, Rock and Jam music designed to get folks dancing at the main stage. The popular Reggae band Lumanation and Jam Band Moonalice are a few of the bands scheduled to play. See full schedule below. Unique to the Marin Art Festival are the magical stilt – walkers, clowns and strolling musicians.

Arts lovers are invited to stroll through the sculpture gardens in a setting that is both leisurely and exciting. Children’s entertainments include face painting and creating their own arts projects, including a gift for Dad on Father’s Day. Sit-down garden areas for coffee, dessert treats and the glass of wine. Festival foods include oysters, veggie wraps and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Beverages include popular and premium beers, fine wines and sodas.

Enter the hourly raffle for $100 worth of art and patrons who buy $100 in art get a free pass to the next year’s event.

Every year the Marin Art Festival celebrates an artist in the community. To be chosen as a Marin Master the person must not only be a fine artist but must have dedicated themselves to furthering the arts in the community. This year’s Marin Master is Sausalito painter Jack Beck. An accomplished painter with a studio in the Industrial Center Building (ICB), he won the Grumbacher Award from the Marin Society of Artists (1993), and a Marin Arts Council Individual Art Grant (2004) for excellence in painting.

Jack, now 92, founded the First Tuesday Mill Valley Art Walk (1982) with Marin Art Festival Director Tyson Underwood. In 1990, during his five year stint as a Mill Valley Art Commissioner, Jack created the Mill Valley Paint-Off, an annual plein-air painting competition in the Mill Valley Plaza, now in its 22nd year. Over a four-hour period, 35 artists interpret any scene visible from the Plaza and create their final work, a moment in the life of downtown Mill Valley. Jack has personally funded the Jack Beck Award for the Most Original Work.

This is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day with plenty of things to do for the whole family and Dad can drink beer and soak up the sunshine and music.

Saturday and Sunday, June 15 & 16, 10AM to 6PM. $10, kids and parking are free.


About Tyson Underwood, Director of the Marin Art Festival:

Tyson moved to Marin in 1969 – had never been involved in the arts until he met the late Tim Rose of Sausalito. Tim founded the ICB and the Sausalito Art Festival, both of which Tyson was very involved. Tyson served as Director of the Sausalito Art Festival for 10 years starting in the early 70′s. Tyson took up art himself as a painter and learned the lingo of art. He has been a very successful artist liaison and promoter of the Arts in Marin. He was one of the founders of the Marin Arts Council and their first president. He was also instrumental in founding the Headlands Center for the Arts and was given the task of selecting the government buildings that would become the Artists spaces for the Center. Tyson served on their board for 12 years. He stared the Marin Art Festival 17 years ago, as he wanted to create a festival that was artist centric and catered to their needs. He is very loved and trusted by the art community.

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