Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: Dawn Pedersen

Dawn Pedersen loves animals and people. Her artwork exudes joy, color, and humor in celebration of nature.

A lifelong artist and animal lover, Dawn is passionate about wildlife conservation. Her artwork centers around animals, plants, and microorganisms. The intimate life and personality of the living being is the focus, not merely employed as a decoration or as a human story-telling device.

She encourages viewers to see the intentionality and individuality in the eyes and postures of her subjects contemplate their own place in the natural world.

  • How different are we from a lion, an octopus, or a sequoia, and how similar?
  • How do the social relationships and problem-solving activities in other living beings compare to our own?

Dawn earned a bachelor of arts in studio art (emphasis on drawing and painting) from CSU Sacramento in 1998. Followed by a teaching credential in art, an MA in education, and an AS in biology. She lives in California with her husband, son, and a rotten but lovable tuxedo cat Meowse.

The 13th Annual Curtis Fest will feature over 75 local artisans under the beautiful canopy of trees at Curtis Park.  Artists and makers include painters, sculptors, textile artists, and wood workers.  Live music, food trucks, a kids Zone and a pet refreshment station makes this a great way to finish out the summer.

This free event is open to the public and followed by Music in the Park. Come to our free event to support local artists, bring a picnic blanket and chairs to sit on while you watch the musicians or eat your food truck tasties from Kados Asian GrillMasa Giuseria, or Cowtown Creamery.

A big thanks to our sponsors Grateful DogSteffan Brown RealtyRenewal by AndersenSt. Hope Public Schools, and Farm Fresh to You for helping to make the fair possible.

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