Every year, the Rotary Club of Saratoga hosts an Art Fair at West Valley College. Since Saratoga is one of the wealthiest communities in the Bay area, they attract a number of high end artists, with some canvases selling for thousands, and some photos priced at $500 and up. We rarely buy anything, but it's always an enjoyable event, with music and good food. I've brought my digicam in past years, but the artists aren't very receptive to people taking shots of their works, as you might imagine. This year, I went armed with my d70 and 28-70mm/2.8, and asked the artists if they'd mind if I took an environmental portrait, featuring them in front of their creations. To my delight, every single one of them agreed, and some asked that I send them a link to their pictures. Here's a few samples. A recent graduate of art school, just starting out. This gentleman likes to surround himself with beauty. View attachment 8062 This lady creates fanciful necklaces and bracelets. View attachment 8063 There were performance artists, too. View attachment 8064 And custom crafted jewelery. View attachment 8065 Stephen's work had a European fine art flavor. View attachment 8066 A marvellous musician. View attachment 8067 I was really jazzed when Robert Steiner agreed to pose in front of his wonderful images. He's one of the premiere wildlife artists in the country, and has a number of duck stamps to his credit. In fact, his sign advertised his availability for commissions, with fees ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, but warned that there's a two year wait! This is a very succesful artist. View attachment 8068 I've still got tons of shots to edit, but I thought I'd share these with you.