On the heels of a 15-plus month avalanche of major event cancellations and virtual replacements, the Mill Valley Chamber of Commers reports that “we just got word that the 64th Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, one of Mill Valley’s landmark events and an arts-centric postcard to the beauty, vibrancy and uniqueness of our town – is returning to the redwood grove at Old Mill Park on Sept. 18-19.”
“For more than 60 years, our little festival has been a wonderful celebration of Mill Valley’s unique culture and community,” MVFAF Executive Director Steve Bajor said. “We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to what we do best in the heart of our beautiful town.”
Organizers have ample logistical details to sort through in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, they’ve doled out scholarships to four young artists as part of the 2021 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2010 through its Friends of the Festival non-profit for Tamalpais High School students who excel in the arts. Two senior Advanced Placement Studio Art students receive $500 awards and two juniors receive $250 awards in either 2D Design, Drawing or 3D portfolio. Unlike most scholarships that go to the institution, MVFAF’s awards go directly to the student to be used for tuition, art supplies and encourage them along their artistic path.
This years recipients:
— Luke Osborn, a senior, “I make art because I’m scared of what I might become if I didn’t.”
— Lindsey Tenaglia, a senior, “Down to my roots I like to consider myself a storyteller.”
— Natalie Nong, a junior, “I love creating environments that are colorful or are inspired by places that I have been before.”
— Fiona McDermott, a junior, “As with all of art, it was and continues to be a journey to an unknowable end.”