Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: Bob Girasek

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Bob Girasek moved to northern California from Pennsylvania 35 years ago. The light and colors of California are so different that even the emotional themes of his work changed. He works in oils on canvas.

Having begun his work in Realism, he soon found himself immersed in Expressionist and Impressionist works. While fascinated with women’s faces and the female form, he’s been creating chimeras for the past several years. He believes that human-animal combinations better reveal their true natures, and can elicit their secrets even as they try to hide them. His women become cats and horses; the men, goats and dogs. Still, anyone can be many animals at a given time.

About Curtis Fest

Curtis Fest returns to William Curtis Park on Sunday, Aug. 27. More than 60 artisans are expected to show their work at the 11th annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the park under the beautiful tree canopy. Curtis Fest has become a Sacramento favorite, and many premier artists have joined the lineup this year.

This free, public event includes food from award winning chef Keith Breedlove of the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck along with delicious street tacos from the Turnt Up food truck. John Merriman, Dianna and the Cherry Kings and the Ranell Carpenter Band will perform.

An expanded petting zoo returns this year as well as the climbing station, and the children’s fairy. Curtis Fest will be followed by Music in the Park from 6-8 p.m.

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