G-Fest 33: Artists truck treasures from across the state

The Flattened Bottles booth at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

Divided by the aroma of Gourmet Alley are two equally appealing
rows of arts and crafts. Some of the most interesting were found by
the Dispatch’s intern Elissa Torres on Friday at the 33rd annual
Gilroy Garlic Festival.
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Divided by the aroma of Gourmet Alley are two equally appealing rows of arts and crafts. Some of the most interesting were found by the Dispatch’s intern Elissa Torres on Friday at the 33rd annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Switch Plates of Los Angeles

Owned and operated by Alan and Gail Stewart, the pair have come to the Garlic Festival for five years. Arts and crafts come natural to the couple who have been crafting together for more than 43 years.

At their booth, “Switch Plates,” they have one-of-a-kind creations, like breath mint boxes and light switches. Alan collected license plates for years but they began to take over the Stewart’s home so they decided to cut them up and make a business out of it.

Metal Souls of Los Angeles

A group of artists from Los Angeles came together to create sculptures made out of metal. The inspiration came from imitating toys with their own twist. Metal Souls specializes in original metal work to create animals, insects, sci-fi characters, vehicles and more. The art is made completely from metal, welded together.

Flattened Bottles of San Francisco

Made from recycled glass bottles, the San Francisco artists create cheese boards, serving plates and spoon rests. The artists, who did not want to be named, are making their second appearance at the Garlic Festival. They work with recycling centers, bars and restaurants to gather the bottles to create household items from recycled materials.

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