Fine art displayed among redwoods

Plan to rock round the clock when you try out one of the handmade original rocking chairs by William Livingston at the Kings Mountain Fair in the redwoods today through Monday.
“This is one of the very few pieces of furniture that tie the family generations together,” Livingston says.

Livingston has made more than 150 chairs the last 25 years. Influenced by a woodworking class at 13, he later taught the craft.

The artist makes 10 to 12 chairs a year, selling them only at this fair.

“There are over 100 different kinds of wood, so each chair is a unique creation. It is a challenge to balance the dark and light wood. The center of gravity over the rocking arc must be very precise, curved in the middle and flattened out at the end,” Livingston says.

The 44th annual juried event features artists displaying ceramics, clothing, folk art, glass, jewelry, leather, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, textile, toys and wood.

The fair is held at 13889 Skyline Blvd. at the Kings Mountain Community Center and Firehouse in Woodside. This annual event benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and other community activities. For information, call (650) 851-2710 or visit www.kingsmountainartfair.org.

Labor Day Festival

The 37th annual Labor Day Millbrae Art and Wine Festival takes place today and Sunday with a Mardi Gras-style atmosphere of music, art, food and wine.
All ages will enjoy a variety of entertainment including juggling, magic, comedy, extreme hula-hoop stunts and tricks, fire-eating, an exotic reptile show,and special Chinese folk dance, along with nine bands.

The event highlights more than 250 artists and craftsmen showing original work, as well as a kids’ playland with amusement rides.

Location is on Broadway, between Victoria Avenue and Meadow Glen in downtown Millbrae. For information call (650) 697-7324 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

Eye foundation art winners

Winners of this year’s Ultimate Eye Foundation exhibition are Bill Durgin (figurative photography) and Nate Larson (digital art). Along with 21 artists, their works are on display at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont’s Twin Pines Park throughOct. 28.

Durgin’s winning photographs were “Bedford Diptych” and “Rue Vieille Du Temple.”

“I work with actors, dancers and myself to choreograph a gesture within domestic architectural spaces,” Durgin says.

Larsen’s winning digital art was “Burden of Proof” series.

Hours are Wednesday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call (650) 594-1577 or visit www.peninsulamuseum.org.

Photos of India, its people

San Mateo photographer Donald Stone presents “A Tourist’s View of India” opening at San Mateo City Hall, Sept. 10 to Sept. 28. Stone’s forte is capturing facial expressions of people in their native lands. These photographs spanning ages from the very young to the elderly, depict the locals at work from construction to picking tea, along with scenes of the religious aspects of people’s lives. Also intriguing are views at the Taj Mahal, sunsets in Kerela and sunrises on the Ganges.

The show is at 330 W. 20th Ave.; hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

jgross@examiner.com

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