This weekend Rustique Furniture in Running Springs will host the Mountain Arts Festival for the 10th year.
The festival – to be held on July 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – will feature several new artists: Whitney Seward, who runs Henrietta’s Garden in Lake Arrowhead, designs apparel, decals and glassware with mountain and nature themes. Rhonda and Tracy Burns run Norton’s Nest in Running Springs,
where they make custom pillows and reusable bags.
Rustique is now owned by Adam Hurlbut – who began building furniture at Rustique 10 years ago – and his wife, Jennifer, and Jamie and Lisa Doeren, internationally acclaimed chainsaw and ice carvers. The original owners, David and Christina Olmstead, plan to continue to sell live-edge slabs of raw wood at Rustique’s mill yard on Hunsaker Drive in Running Springs.
Adam Hurlbut is known for his artistic style of using reclaimed rustic wood to create organically graceful furniture pieces that will last for generations. Rustique Furniture will continue to sell handmade home décor from independent artists and will serve as a furniture showroom for original works of art.
“We love featuring local makers and artists. We hope to have gallery wall space available for additional fine art soon,” said Jennifer Hurlbut.
During the arts festival, local bands Clearshot and Ready or Not will perform, as will blues artist Jimmy Reid and Gwendolyn Daniels from Running Springs, folk musicians John and Sally McGill from Crestline, and the Silver Sounds Flute Ensembles of Redlands.
OG Catering and Tacos will bring their bacon-wrapped hot dogs and authentic taco cart and Nick Nack BBQ Shack will be there with their famous pulled pork sandwiches and ribs.
Free children’s art has been added to the event this year, as well as pottery wheel demonstrations from Bob Presley Ceramics, linotype art activities by Sketchlyfe Studio in Redlands and live chainsaw carving from Beard-A-Bear Workshop.
The event is free to the public, all ages, and dog friendly.
Rustique Furniture is located at 32088 Highway 18, Running Springs. For more information, contact Jennifer Hurlbut at [email protected] or (909) 867-7071.
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