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This past weekend was Mother’s Day which means it was also the annual Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair. Paul and I volunteered this year and got to see the fair for free. However, the weather was not in our favor. When we arrived for our volunteer shift it was pouring down rain, we got soaked on the short walk from our car to volunteer check-in. The whole fair is outside and in a field so you can imagine that the ground was pretty soggy. Once we checked in we got to be under a tent for a few hours and the rain let up a bit but did continue to drizzle throughout the day. Attendance was low because of the weather so when we did get to walk around there wasn’t much crowding in the booths. There was a ton of great art there from artists I did not remember from years past (although it has been a while since I went to this fair). One thing I noticed is a lo of people did not have cards, which is what i use a lot to remember the booths and write posts like these. This post would have been twice as long for sure. I even bought myself a little something this year. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites.

Sculpture

Frederick Prescott – These sculptures were so large they would have fit right in with the rest of the sculpture park. They took up residence in a little corner booth spot but could not be contained by a booth! And the brightly colored paint jobs drew you in from many booths away. The piggy was my favorite, but the cacti ones on his website look awesome too.

Joel Pinkerton – Not very much on his website or facebook page, but there is a large picture of his whimsical robotic sculptures. Made of upcycled materials each little guy or gal has it’s own personality, no two are a like! When you are surrounded by them it’s like you are in a foreign land straight out of a children’s book.

Richard Kolb – This was the booth I bought a little piece from, my piece was a little yard stake with a flying pig on top. Again made from upcycled materials mostly car parts and some ceramic knobs and other stuff, and mostly animals. I have seen this work before represented as Yardbirds, but the business card now says Engine-New-Ity, it appears to be the same company though, although these sculptures are a bit more industrial than the Yardbirds ones.

Painting

Melvin McGee – Brightly colored cartoonish paintings filled this booth. Some original designs and some based on favorite characters like The Wizard of Oz or Frankenstien. What really made the booth popular was sound effect to go with some of the paintings. Its hard not to be drawn in to all this fun.

Vladimir Ovtcharov – I can’t not love a good pop surrealist painter, which is exactly what this booth was. Apparently the Ovtcharov’s show as a duo but this show appeared to just be Vladimir. Both of their collections can be viewed online and they are both great. I think I dig Vladimir a bit more for the pop punches though. You can really see the old school painting techniques mixed with modern ideas.

Brian J. Sullivan – American Image is the name of an upcoming exhibit from this artist, and it is the perfect way to describe them. Filled with bright colors and pop imagery some are comforting but some, just because of the proportions are almost scary, look at the one with Howdy Doody and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Karri Jamison – I love nature, and I also love bright bold colors, these paintings combine both. Some of the nature is otherworldy while some is very familiar. They are beautifully done with funky backgrounds that make them really stand out in a crowd.

Other

Luis Gonzalez – I don’t know what it was about these, the size and color drew me in! Large fruits an vegetables make up the work made out of wood that are glossy and colorful enough to eat.

Kathy Oda – Super nice lady to talk to, and her work is a lot of fun. I have always had a soft spot for glass and want to try the kiln formed variety in the future. My favorite part of her collection are the little Splats. To some folks these might look like toss away pieces but they are so much fun, I can imagine a house with little Splats lazing about in various colors and sizes!

April Riley Tate – Just plain cute, no other way to describe it. These stuffed toys are simple and adorable. Also helps that they encourage cuddling of the stuffies! With your standard animal variety as well as bearded ladies and strongmen what is not to love.

Ceramics

Cindy Martin (Aldrich Valley Pottery) – I would have really liked to get one of these pieces as well, they were so great and priced kind of low. From what I could see they were all raku fired and each had it’s own individual flare. Some included horse hair and most included figurative elements of animals carefully sculpted and attached to the pieces. Very beautiful one of a kind work.

Hironobu Nishitateno (Nanten Pottery) – Tons of tiny little pots and vessels, very traditional but with some great glazes and unique features. The bud vases were adorable and there were so many different options and styles.

Reiko Cunningham – Last but not least, personally I love making sgraffito pottery, and you can tell Reiko does as well. Bunny rabbits seem to be a common theme which attracted lots of kids (and kids at heart) to this booth. Some of the carving were full scenes while in other areas a nice pattern. Great stuff all around.

For more info on Laumeier Sculpture park and next years Art Fair go here!

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So technically this art fair is referred to as the Saint Louis Art Fair, but I always refer to it as the Clayton art fair and know many others that do since that is where it is located. I have quite a bit of history with this fair, I have shadowed a working artist there, shown my own work as part of a student program, and worked as a volunteer there more than once. This was maybe the first time I ever went to it purely as a visitor. There were some artists I recognized from previous Clayton art fairs and other local fairs but some were new and there was some really great stuff. I wish I had more time to explore but we saw a good portion of the fair, maybe only missed one little avenue. Stay with me, but this is going to be a long post 🙂

One thing that seemed a little different was the Emerging Artist booth, this was the booth a few years ago I had a chance to show my work in, and for years it was mostly SLU and Wash U. students. This year the booth was much larger and centrally located, the signage was better, and overall it looked like the organizers put a lot into this booth this year. However, it did not appear to be necessarily students, if they were students no signage or anything said what school they were from and I can’t find any info on this in the program guide or online. My favorite showing from this booth was Lisa Hilton, but I cannot find any links to her work online. It was mostly ceramic sculpture of figures that were deteriorated. The figures themselves were beautiful and the textures created to make it look as if it was rotting away was really amazing.

Okay onto other favorites this year. I kind of separated them by type of art, but some are in a category all their own. Some of these are also Paul favorites but I like them too.

Grant Silverstein – Realistic etchings are Grant’s specialty and they are done very well. He even had on display some actual etching plates he used to make the prints, which are a work of art in themselves. His style is really great with lots of lines and squiggles making up great pieces.

Kreg Yingst – Combining a love for music and visual art in one. These were a series of woodcuts and linocuts each featuring different rock and blues artists or lyrics to songs. Brightly colored with fun frames to match this was a pleasant surprise of a booth.

Amy Gillespie – This was the first booth that really stood out to me. I have been getting more and more fascinated by fiber arts lately. Amy’s wall sculptures out of felt and wood really fed into that fascination. They looked flawless, but obviously required a lot of time and effort.

Jeffrey Zachmann – I may have mentioned this guy from previous art fairs, but his stuff is just too much fun not to mention again. They are kinetic sculptures. They look great just in picture form, but on the site you can see them in action in videos. The most amazing part is when they do little long distance jumps from one ramp to another and it is spot on every time!

Aaron Hequembourg – They are described as engraved paintings, but they encompass a lot more than that. These works are made from salvaged materials from old farming houses and represent farming and family life. They are large works that leave a large impact on the viewer.

Tanya Doskova – Featured her figurative art paintings in this show which are really whimsical and fun. I like the chubby figures with big proportions thatd had a large presence and even larger personalities in the paintings and also some of them included pigs. 🙂

Joel Hunnicutt – I have seen a lot of wood artists over the years but this one is by far my favorite, why? That amazing use of color. In case you haven’t noticed, color is kind of a big deal for me. These stunning works are high gloss and the best colors I have seen on wood pieces, and you can still see the grain of the wood throughout keeping the integrity of the original material. Love it!

Richard Ryan – Another first for me, again I have seen a lot of glass art and I do enjoy it, but this one takes the cake. These glass sculptures have been cut into and manipulated from the normal blown or fused glass I have seen before. They become these organic life forms that held my gaze for quite sometime. I held in my desire to run my hands over every nook and cranny, though it wasn’t easy.

Andy Rogers – Another artist I ma have mentioned before, I have seen his work more than once, but it is just that great I can’t help but mention it again. A lot os texture and a lot of color in each piece which are the main reasons I love all of it.

Susan & Eric Anderson – Just plain gorgeous work. This ceramic work was very nature oriented and had some similar silhouettes to ones I have worked with on a smaller scale before. Really fluid and colored nicely, I enjoyed everything in the whole booth.

Michael Hamlin-Smith – Last but certainly not least comes Michael’s work. This was the one that caused me to ask permission to touch. The texture was astounding and when I did massage the different forms it did not even feel like clay, it felt like volcanic rock which is pretty awesome. And again the color is what initially drew me into the booth.

 

 

Had a chance to go to 2 different art fairs happening in Saint Louis this weekend. I will have a post about the Clayton Art Fair in a couple days. This however was the first time I was able to go to the Art Outside fair sponsored by Schlafly. This fair was started as an alternate to the Clayton one and exclusively features local Saint Louis artists. I did not get to spend as much time at either fair as I would have liked but I did get to peruse every booth at least. Art Outside was a fun event and while it might be a bit smaller of a fair it still packed quite a punch. Here are some of my personal favorites.

Bill Perry – Bill (or Mr. Perry) was a teacher of mine in high school. I took his basic art class at Central Visual and Performing Arts for 3 out of 4 years. I run into him now and again at the art store I work at and other art events and live seeing his fun work. This time he was showing clay sculptures of fun little critters and creatures which were really great. His booth was actually the first thing that caught my and my friends eyes as we were crossing a parking lot towards the fair.

Mark Sheppard – Fun characters make up more of his work in paintings and drawings. Also uses a lot of good cross hatching in his work which I like. He’s created a fun little universe of characters that I’d like to visit.

Firecracker Press – By now Firecracker is surely a Saint Louis staple, you can recognize it instantly. I love their stuff and have gotten the chance to have some of it in postcard and advertising material forms. Bright and colorful and just designed and made well, it’s all good from Firecracker. Check out all their stuff on their site, and ps they offer classes.

Mark Grayson – Cool, cool, cool, beyond cool. Mark Grayson’s work consists of guitars made out of old cigar boxes, wood, and other antique elements. They look amazing, and the best part is they work. He was playing one hooked up to a little amp in the booth.

Dganit Moreno – Clay artist, with an amazing glaze. I asked about it and of course it is one she made herself. It was a beautiful celadon color, which I have been wanting to get into lately. Unfortunately I do not see anything like what was shown in person on the website linked. Aha Here we go, found a facebook page, gorgeous!!

Den Smith – Another case of the site showing different stuff than what I saw in person. The closest I can get is the art boxes. His sculptures were really fun each one included common objects and were painted fun colors and had their own little personality and face.

 

 

This past weekend was the Laumeier Art Fair which is an event I have been going to for years. While still in school I had my work featured in a student booth there and some of my friends had work shown as well. This was the first time I was there not as a volunteer or viewing friends work.  This year marked the 25th anniversary of the fair and it was just as crowded as ever. I really enjoy the park and the food and live music but this post is going to focus on some of my favorite artists (Spoiler, they are ALL 3d artists)

Ceramics:

Karen Bell – Super lifelike sculpture of the not so cute and cuddly type of animals. Lots of lizards, and turtles, and bats oh my! These sculptures which are sometimes by themselves and other times on vessels or other objects look like they could leap or walk right off the pedestals. The color and texture she uses all add to some great pieces.

Terry Habeger – From a distance some of this work appears to be a blocky painting, but they are in fact ceramic sculptures. The bright bold colors instantly draw you in and then you just stare in amazement at the angles and how smooth everything is the wat these sculptures jut out of the wall and reach for you. I believe Terry exhibited here last year too and I was still just as fascinated.

Jimmy Liu –  Fun, whimsical, yet functional teapots were what was mostly on display here, although his website shows many other offerings. There is some great realistic sculpting of animals and some cute little faces that would make any of these pots fun in the home.

Wood

Craig Lossing– Could not find his website, or the one I found didn’t seem to be working, but this site does have some of his work shown. Really enjoyed his wood coloring and how fine he could trim the wood down to. I bought a small spinning top from his booth and continue to play with it at any chance I get.

Steven Spiro – Amazing wooden table and chairs. The wavy lines that make up the supports are so much fun to look at and explore. It looks like a little living world under a seemingly normal table top. Each piece is totally unique, could spend a lot of time here.

Glass

Stephen Rich Nelson– My friend described some of these elaborate forms as teapots you might find at the Mad Hatter’s table in Alice in Wonderland. There are definitely lots of bright colors and fun whimsical stacked forms. They also have some simpler although just as bright little sculptures like pumpkins and pears.

Mixed Media

Eric and Karen Shi – Okay so this one is actually 2d, weird I know. But they were truly fascinating. The works go by the name Embroidery Wonders, and is just that. From a far it looks just like naturalistic paintings or photographs, but when you get up close you start to see each little thread making up these works. They are little wonders and really amazing. I could not find a website or much internet coverage of these works, so might take some more research.

It’s been a long few months since my last post so I guess it’s time to catch up on a few things.

In May the fine and performing art majors at Saint Louis University wore the ceramic medallions I made, pictures later on.

In early July I participated in the Soulard Arts and Crafts Fair. Which was kind of a bust, there were plenty of people but not many people looking to buy. Luckily the cost to participate was not too high but it seemed to be a dragging day for all the booth holders 🙂

Lately I have been saving to get a wheel in my house. In the mean time I have been wondering back into the studio and working on some things, (again pictures coming later). I’ve also been using my ceramic tools to carve pumpkins with friends. The new ceramic thrown pieces have recently (as in last nite) been trimmed and are going to be slipped with a combination of colours to then be carved into.

That is all for now, more posts to come in the near future.

This is the second post about my favorites at the Clayton Art Fair, there were so many good ones, see the previous post for more. This next part starts with glass work, which I have to say I am very envious of. I want to work with glass really badly, but have not had the chance to enroll in a class for it. Third Degree Glass Factory is nearby and I have gone to several of their events and would love to learn glasswork or incorporate it in ceramic work, but that is a story for another day.

Here are more of my favorites. Also I had mentioned before ones that were award winners in the previous post, but I kind of only remember the ceramic winners, so some of the other artists may be winners as well, I just have a one track mind 🙂

Robinson Scott – Love the colour in these pieces. They look like lava lamps. The website has a video of the process used to make these vessels. Seeing these in the bright Sunday afternoon was great as well as we got to see the awesome multi-colour reflections. The forms have a lot of movement even for the thick blockiness of the glass and the colour swatches. Very mod and funky.

Sam Stang – A Missouri artist, not far from Saint Louis, in Augusta, MO. Some of the best glass I have seen in a while. I bought a magnet from Sam and had a serous eye on a small pitcher. More bright colours and smooth forms. I adore the works that look woven in a way there is clear glass peeking out through the colour. Makes for some really interesting shadows, but probably look awesome in the dark as well!

Frederick Warren – I just have to first give a lot of ❤ to Frederick Warren, I love going to his booth and seeing the “Please Touch” sign! The glass is not as brightly coloured as I usually like, but the frosted opaque look to is is deinfitely interesting. The earthtones really work well with the patterns and movement of the pieces.

Juli Adams – Great surrealist painter. I am not always the biggest fan of 2-d art, but I really like newer surrealist stuff. Juli also had the honour of getting some of her images on the Volunteer and Art Fair t-shirts this year, so I have 3 awesome shirts with her work on it. I can’t stop myself from staring at her website. The subjects in the painting vary and each has it’s own interesting quirk, I particularly like the fish like creatures flying thru the sky.

Joachim Knill – For this booth, Joachim displayed a shipping crate that was filled with stuffed animals, well actually portraits of stuffed animals. I really liked the painting style as well as the display itself, it was something different. The paintings were a bit dark and lonely, which is not something you usually think of when you are talking about stuffed animals.

Lewis Tardy – Great sculptures that for the most part were very large. Everything looks so flawless, like you are looking at robots from the future, or the movies. Some of them actually incorporate cameras and when looking at the sides of the head, you can see what the head is seeing. Really something to see and experience.

C.T. Whitehouse – Another booth that I go by every year, or at least the past two years 🙂 I really enjoy these bronze sculptures and the way Whitehouse makes them seem almost weightless. The bronze is s thin, and the waves and movement of the pieces so slight, they look like feathers or leaves that could just take off in the next gust of wind.

Alright. That concludes my faovrites of the Saint Louis/Clayton Art Fair. Hopefully I can go enjoy it again next year, although I think I might take a day to go visit the competing Schlafly Art Fair, I have not had the chance to before. Heres to all the exhibiting artists and to more fairs and shows in the future for me to visit!

Last weekend, September 10-12th was the annual Clayton/Saint Louis Art Fair. This is one of the longest going art fairs in Saint Louis. Last year I showed my work in the student booth, a program that allows students in the area to shadow an artist one year and show the following year.  This year I was not showing but I volunteered to work every day. I had plenty of time to wander the fair and pick out some favorite artists (most of which were ceramic artists, I wonder why?) and I have cards with websites to share! I suggest checking them out and seeing if they might be doing any fairs near you!

Kina Crow – Classified as a mix media artist, most of what was shown at the art fair were large paintings with little cut outs where sculpted figures stood and a caption depicting the scene. Some of these are seen on the website, and some are seen on the website, along with other sculptures. The clay figure work is great and humorous.

Valerie Bunnell – A 3d Mix Media artist that has some great little figures. Valerie has a background in ceramics and love to play with textures and colour as much as I do. Her website is full of figures to see, I am sure many will love to play with.

Amy Flynn/Fobots – How much fun are these!! Fobots (or Found Object Robots) are great. I love these little guys and they are all made from found objects. Bringing new life into things commonly seen as trash. They has animals, humans, and other objects. What is super awesome is that cat tins are used to make cats, dog tins for dogs, circus tins for an elephant, the fun goes on and on. Each one with its own name and personality.

Nicario Jimenez – A fair winner more than once, Nicario’s process is something special. He uses a mixture of glue and boiled potatoes to make his sculptures. They depict large scenes but are super intricate. There is always something new to see in them every  time you look. The website does not do them justice!

Michele Smith/Mud Spun Studio – More great little ceramic figures, seemed to be a theme going on. These were playful and dangly and bright! definitely funky like the website says. Each one has it’s own look about it much like real people.

Fong Choo – Always a show favorite and winner, Fong Choo’s teapots are one of a kind. Each one has a different name and is put together in its own way. Fong has been at many shows I have seen in the midwest area and is always a crowd pleaser. His display has little cubby holes for each teapot to sit in comfortably. Fong also did a demo one day  to show some of his technique.

Michael Frasca – I adore Michael Frasca’s work, I have seen it in many other shows in the midwest area as well. It looks almost like wood from afar but is infact ceramics, and it is absolutely gorgeous!! His partial bowls that are connected to one another are my favorite pieces, pretty much ever. I want one of these pieces in every wall of my house.

William Kidd – Another ceramic artist I have seen more than once, and another award winner at the Clayton Art Fair. He uses a lot of crawling glazes that he applies at various thicknesses. This process along with the forms themselves make these pieces really pop and look alive! Also we had a good little convo about texture and I totally molested his pottery, I love the texture.

Jennifer McCurdy – I kept going back to this booth all weekend long to stare at it all. I did not get to molest this pottery as much, but just looking at it was mindblowing. I make little carvings in my pottery now and then, but I can only hope for it to look like this someday. All porcelain, left white, the movement and shapes of these are true beauty.

Sally Bright – Oh my! What is there to be said about Sally Bright? She has quotes in her booth from people that have seen her work, one was from a young boy that said “I wish I could live here!” I think I would have to agree with that sentiment. Beautifully woven pieces with such vibrant colour and movement. Also an award winner.

This post has gotten quite lengthy! And I have oh so many more. I however, have other tasks to tend to (including going to studio) I will finish the list in a later post, in the meantime enjoy these!


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