Back on the Grass for 2017
It is with great pleasure and sincere thanks that I welcome you to the 2017 Saratoga Rotary Art Show.
Saratoga Rotarians are proud of the 60 years of tradition this Art Show represents. Since our humble beginnings in the Village of Saratoga, the Art Show has grown considerably. Proceeds from the Art Show have given more than $2.5 million to local and international organizations. Recent recipients include the Saratoga and Los Gatos Assistance League, Latimer Elementary School, the Foothill Club, and Cancer Care Point. We also are partnering with Bangalore District Rotary on a large Water Sanitation and Hygiene project. This is why we can proudly call this Show “The Art Show That Keeps on Giving”.
West Valley College has been undergoing building renovation and re-landscaping as part of a 5 year plan. Fortunately, for 2017 we are able to place some of our artists back on the grass!
An Art Show of this size and complexity takes the combined effort of all 110 Rotarians, their spouses, friends, and many volunteers from our community. We are delighted to present work by 141 artists in a variety of categories: Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Fiber Art, Ceramics, Glass, Photography, and more. In the center of this catalog is a map of all Art, Food, and Entertainment as well as pages listing participating artists with a photo sample of their art.
Please recognize and take note of our Sponsors and the advertisements of many local businesses, along with well-wishers and supporters of the Show. We are extremely grateful for the support of our Sponsors, the hard-working Rotarians, and volunteers, all who help to make our Show successful.
This year, in addition to exquisite art you will also find:
• The Kids’ Korner and donkey-pulled wagon rides with “Ike” and “Betsy”
• On-stage live music and entertainment
• 10 Gourmet Food trucks located near Entertainment
• Wine and Craft Beer Tasting
• Art created by local elementary and middle school students
• Art-for-sale created by the students of West Valley College
• A Silent Auction with many fine and unique items
So welcome! Enjoy the day. We encourage you to purchase your favorite art to decorate your home, office, or to give as a unique gift for someone special. Taste some excellent local wines and craft beer while you stroll through the Show, taking in great art, food and entertainment.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support so we can continue being “The Art Show That Keeps on Giving”.
Doing good never felt so good!
Bill Comport, Chair
Saratoga Rotary Art Show
It has been less than a month since we returned from Tanzania.Our club participated in a international global grant project together with seven other clubs. Prior to the trip I didn’t know what to expect. I knew the Orkeeswa School is a British style high school located in a rural area of Monduli hills near Arusha. I knew that the children are from Masai tribe. What I didn’t know is what it really meant. Some Massai to this day lead nomad life. They are moving with their families and livestock (cows, goats, sheep and donkeys) to good grazing lands. That is slowly changing. Some of the families are now staying in one location and beginning to farm their land. What impressed me was the commitment these children have to the school.