The idea for Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival was conceived in Florida, of all places. Escaping the winter cold in 1995 to exhibit in art festivals, Michael and Janet discovered that seafood festivals in Florida, and the south were common. But these fun and entertaining events were rare on the West Coast. As luck would have it a suitable venue was soon chosen.
The festival focuses on quality, and the on the bounty of the local area. The number of participating of artists is limited through a jury process to insure quality. Food purveyors, wineries and micro breweries from throughout Northern California are carefully selected. Top entertainers are selected for eclectic variety and crowd pleasing popularity.
Seven years ago the festival moved from its original home in Bodega Bay inland, to the quaint village of Bodega. The move provided much better weather, and an opportunity to expand the size of the show. The new site has gotten rave reviews and this is now the permanent location for this wonderful show.
Michael and Janet welcome you to come and enjoy this great event. We expect you will make it one of the festivals you return to time and again for many years to come!
Janet and Michael would like to say thank you to the following people for their tireless commitment and wonderful contributions to the festival each year:
Michele and Fred Luna, Gary and Vicki Watts, Steve Hendrickson, Gus Lopez, Joe Favro, Michael Levine, and Brad Kahn. We would also like to thank Alexis Kestler for our beautiful new website and Margot Duane for the stunning photographs which populate it.
From a very early age I was fortunate to have great exposure to the arts, as my parents were artistic and musical, and they encouraging to me to pursue this realm. Consequently becoming a craftsperson seemed a logical direction, and I spent over 25 years on the festival circuit working in several different mediums. I retired from doing shows in 2004, so I could focus on other pursuits, including building this festival to be its best. My artwork can now be seen in the promotional materials produced for the festivals. This festival is a labor of love for me, so I hope everyone who attends feels they had a great time and it was worth their time and money.
Michael is a local photographer with over 30 years experience exhibiting in art festivals. He has been involved in Festival productions for 27 years. In 1985, he decided it was time to create the kind of show he, as an artist, would have liked to participate in. Sonoma County lacked a decent venue for quality artists to sell their work. So after locating a suitable venue on the coast, the Jenner Festival of the Arts was born. After 10 years the festival was moved to Duncans Mills and changed it's name to the Festival of Art and Wine, continuing until 2007. From 1990 until 2005 he helped organize the Gualala Art in the Redwoods, helping it grow from it's early roots.
Michael's photography can be seen at: