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Erin Hanson’s view of coastal Palos Verdes is this year’s featured artwork at the Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival. Courtesy of the artist.

Erin Hanson’s view of coastal Palos Verdes is this year’s featured artwork at the Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival. Courtesy of the artist.

Same month, same place, same format, but classy new name

It’s official, the Hermosa Beach Art Walk is now the Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival, and this year its taking place on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days on the lawn at the the southwest corner of Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Hwy., in Hermosa Beach.

Once again, about 100 artists will have work to show and sell, and once more, also, there is one featured poster and postcard artist. This year it’s the mightily prolific Erin Hanson, whose minimalist method of placing impasto paint strokes without layering has been dubbed “Open-Impressionism.” She uses as few brushstrokes as possible and yet all of her work is bright and balanced and instantly eye-catching. If you can picture Van Gogh high on the Colorado plateau, where Hanson herself ventures yearly, you’ve got some idea of how this young artist paints.

She backpacks and hikes through areas such as Zion National Park, Canyon de Chelly, and Monument Valley. Her other favorite places to paint include Paso Robles, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Anza-Borrego desert. Her work seems to convey that she’s always on the go.

“We that felt her talents and images of California landscapes would be a perfect fit as our featured artist,” says festival organizer Ken Klade.

“Also remember,” adds Don Adkins, “that our charter includes giving back to the community and our support of the arts. This includes annual grants to emerging artists for the furthering of their artistic development and an emerging artists booth where we provide display space for up and coming talent.”

The Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival, located at 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, includes music, food, plus arts and crafts for children. For more information, call (310) 374-0080 or go to hbartwalk.com. ER

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