Take BART to Crafts & Music Fair


Take BART to Crafts & Music Fair

Holiday shoppers going to the 35th Annual KPFA Crafts & Music Fair Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 can take advantage of a free and easy shuttle connection from Civic Center BART, 8th and Market MUNI bus stop and the Caltrain station at 4th and King Streets.

Paper-cut artist Rick Jones uses BART like others might use SFO - to find inspiration from another culture. Rick boards BART near his home in Pleasant Hill and is transported to San Francisco's Mission District where he finds inspiration for his Day-of-the-Dead theme art. BART's 16th and Mission Station is serendipitously decorated in the same art form Rick practices. At the Mission Station, metal replaces paper to form large scale images borrowed from the native Mexican paper-cut art tradition.

To create his images, Rick begins with an original drawing then carefully cuts out negative spaces with an X-acto knife, leaving an intricate, interconnected image.

Rick also incorporate animals, Mexican 'dichos' or phrases, and social satire in his paper-cut art.

Meet Rick Jones and other talented artists at the KPFA Crafts & Music Fair at the Concourse Exhibition Center, Eighth and Brannan Streets, Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Complimentary shuttles provided by SF Mini Bus at the Civic Center BART station, 8th and Market MUNI bus stop, and the Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets. For more information: Call 510-848-676, Ext. 611 or visit www.KPFA.org/craftsfair. To plan your BART trip, use the online QuickPlanner.

Northern California collectors and craft enthusiasts will meet 220 craft artists from throughout the Western States at the Fair. Fair highlights include a music and book store, a youth corner featuring work from hip-hop artists, an exhibition of crafts made with recycled materials, presentations by local nonprofit organizations and a selection of ethnic, vegetarian and locally produced gourmet food and drink. Proceeds from the Fair benefit KPFA, 94.1 fm the country's first nonprofit listener-sponsored, free speech public radio station.

The show includes jewelry, sculpture, photography, painting, glass and ceramic art. Also available will be household accessories, toys, musical instruments, food & body products, weaving and knitting, fiber arts, leather and clothing, as well as crafts from sustainable artist co-ops, from third-world countries. More than 10,000 people are expected to shop for one-of-a-kind and limited crafts.

Live music and the spoken word performances are part of the Fair's nonstop entertainment. Headliners will include legendary Latin jazz duo John Santos (on percussion) and John Calloway (on flute), Destani Wolf and Bay Area's Emmitt Powell and The Gospel Elites.

KPFA 94.1 fm will also broadcast live from the event, both days.

Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and disabled, children under 17 are admitted free.

KPFA is the nation's original listener-sponsored, noncommercial, public radio station. KPFA's original and current mission is to encourage cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression; to contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, creeds and colors; to promote freedom of the press and to serve as a forum for various points of view, and to maintain and independent funding base. KPFA has served Northern and Central California since 1949. The KPFA Crafts & Music Fair is the station's major annual off-air fundraiser. KPFA 94.1 fm at 510/848-6767 ext. 611 or visit www.kpfa.org/craftsfair.