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There is always an abundance of art in Saint Louis! Which is great, I enjoy going to shows when I can, and if I have work, submitting it as well!

Earlier this month I attended an opening at the Hoffman-Lachance Contemporary gallery located in the heart of Maplewood. The show Kinky Observation by local artist Cbabi Bayoc is on display this month until the 31st. The opening was on October 9th which included a talk with the artist, myself and a couple friends attended and were able to catch the artist talk. I would highly recommend finding time to go see the work before this show closes.

Upon first walking in I was not entirely sure what I was looking at but I liked it. I had briefly read a little bit about the show before going and knew that a general theme was finding imagery in ordinary every day objects. I didn’t have a long time to look around before the artist talk began. What was most impressive about the talk was when Cbabi explained how he created all the work on display in a span of 3-4 weeks. Granted Hoffman-Lachance isn’t the biggest gallery, but there is plenty of wall space that was covered with pieces of varying sizes, that amount of work in that time frame is amazing. If you are familiar with Cbabi Bayoc’s previous work, the pieces at this show may be a bit shocking as they are a bit of a departure from his norm, which is predominantly portraiture.  This new work is refreshing and still holds on to his roots. When he began to describe the inspiration for this collection as being hairstyles I immediately looked around and began to see it, and was surprised I hadn’t noticed before. The shapes and expression in each painting though seem very unique and can create a personal connection for each viewer. My favorites are ones that added little details of color like ribbons or flowers, just a little hint of something not as abstract pulling things together. I myself am a huge fan of the abstract though, so I of course was drawn into this show quite a bit. There is a lot of life in this show and it is worth experiencing yourself, especially if like myself you are a fan of the abstract.

And for an Upcoming Opening  

This weekend, the 24th to be exact, Koken Art Factory will be hosting their annual Halloween art show. While I do not have work in this show, my best friend Paul Lapusan does. The show will be taking place from 7pm-11:30 pm and should be a lot of fun. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of advertising for this show this time around which is surprising but it is definitely happening! Koken shows are always very eccentric and a really mix-up of local artists. There will be all different kinds of mediums and talent levels represented, and there is usually some form of entertainment as well. This show will be more tame than Koken’s Naughty-Gras as the call for art even stated to keep things “tasteful” so don’t be afraid to bring a younger crowd.

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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!

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.

 

 

Just a quick note!

I recently (as in last nite about the same time I was posting the last post) created an artist fan page for myself to advertise my art and blog and such on something besides my own personal profile on Facebook. I would appreciate it if you could take a look and “like” me and I’ll keep updating it with great images and info on shows I may be doing along the way. Here is the link!

Also I created one for my best friend who is also an artist. You may have seen some of his sculpture work on this blog but he does a lot of drawing as well. He would also appreciate some more fans and we are going to try to keep it updated with shows and pictures etc.  Here is that link!

 

This week marked the beginning of my market career. I participated at a market in O’Fallon, MO at the Rascals stadium (small league baseball team). This farmers and artists market has been going on since April but I left some time for me to make more work and have dates set up later in the season. I participated this past Wednesday and Saturday. I plan to be there again on August 14th.

It was great to run through everything and get the tent and tables set up with all my work out to display. However, I did not do very well in terms of sales. It seems like as i was talking to some of the other artists there, that there sales vary week to week, and it took them a few times coming to break even and get a good amount of sales. So, participating in another one can’t hurt, just to see if anything changes.

The Wednesday market was smaller but a good time to practice again getting everything set up. It was pretty hot but also cloudy, about halfway through it started to sprinkle. We packed up a little, and my friend said we should just pack it all up. But then the rain stopped and optimistic me said why not wait it out and see. Then CRACK! BOOM! Thunder!! Lightening!! and it was raining cats and dogs! We proceeded to pack everything up and got super duper wet in the process.

On Saturday there was no threat of rain, but it was a hot on and super sunny. We sat between a flower stall and a barbeque tent so the smells were wonderful. There were also lots of dogs! Many of which I wanted to steal, one which I have pictures of looks like my own buddy bear! Here are some pictures from both times. Hopefully I can get pictures of all the new stuff and start listing new stuff on etsy.


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