Connoisseurs’ Marketplace

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The 21st Annual Connoisseurs’ Marketplace transformed Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park, California into a sea of booths showcasing handcrafted fine art, functional art, wearable art, sculptures and mixed media. In this episode you’ll learn how a piece of laminated stone gets “turned” into a work of art.  You’ll discover how a woman’s pets inspire her art; find out the stories behind African inspired prints; enjoy music by musicians who are great friends, and see how the magic of Harry Potter affected an independent book store.

Please note: Since this episode was produced some of the links provided by those featured have stopped working. Here is a list of working links: Originally Connoisseur’s Marketplace, the event is now known as Menlo Summer Fest. Batik artist Paul Nzalamba featured in the Lungala Rubadiri storyteller interview. Al Fabrizio’s expressive mandolin with Hugo Wainzinger’s heartwarming guitar and arrangements. Pet-inspired art by Stacey Lamothe, including custom work featuring your own precious pet or original idea. Steve “Spike” Finch, Lathe Artist creates fine handcrafted, one-of-a-kind segmented stone and wood vessels, vases and bowls. An innovative hybrid business that includes a for-profit, community-supported bookstore, and a nonprofit organization that features rich educational and cultural programming. John Spenger’s Bistro Blends Terra Verde Food offers a wide variety of products including award-winning hot sauces, marmalades & preserves. Gourmet mustards, salsas, marinades and dip mixes. Craft jerky including seven styles and 48 Flavors. Originally introduced as Connoisseur’s Marketplace the event is now known as Menlo Summer Fest.

If you do not have time to watch the entire episode in one sitting, here are links to individual chapters:

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(Footage for this episode was recorded July 22, 2007. The program was edited then uploaded to YouTube on June 23, 2022.)