Archive for July, 2007

Art Palpitations in Minneapolis

July 24, 2007

Natalie Warrens of Portland, OR

I just read a great article detailing the various art fairs coming up in Minneapolis the weekend of August 3-5, Loring Park, Powderhorn and the biggie – Uptown Art Fair. What I liked best about it was the welcome community impact that the festivals make, bringing grass roots notice to arts organizations and enabling art classes to flourish, giving local artists a place to exhibit.

The focus of this blog and the is the traveling artists and where they will be next but it is great to stand still for a bit and appreciate what the events can mean to a local community. To read the whole article visit Lavender: Minnesota’s GLBT web zine to get yourself ready for “Art Palpitations” in early August.


A2 Art Fair(s)-Part III-No Braggin’, No Bitchin’

July 23, 2007





      Jeweler Bob Trisko helping a patron at Ann Arbor.

Here are the last of my reports from the Ann Arbor Art Fairs which closed on Saturday. The first one tells of some of the damage when the high winds came through on Thursday and everyone took cover. Because of the high winds that come through between buildings there is often a funnel that shoots through on Maynard, destroying art booths in its wake. Read more about this at:, the website for the Ann Arbor News.

A great wrap up story of good times and good sales can also be found at the Ann Arbor News at this link: Tales of sales close on high note.

Thanks for the good party at Sally & Barry Bright‘s house in Linden, MI, hosting artists and art patrons relaxing in the aftermath of the fair. Congratulations to Galen Carpenter for what he says may have been his best Ann Arbor Art Fair ever. Sally’s hip replacement operation has gone well and she is looking forward to exhibiting in Minneapolis at the Uptown Art Fair in early August.

The Ann Arbor Report – Part II

July 22, 2007

As you well know the Ann Arbor Art Fairs get lots of press, but in case you don’t live in the area, or are an artist who didn’t have time to follow it I have rounded up a bunch of stories to fill you in:

Art Immersion, Tom Crawford of Ann Arbor’s blog, has lots of photos, and it is fun to run around the fair with him, check it out here.

Another good story is from the website Their reporter made a quick sweep through the fairs on Saturday afternoon and had a very rosy picture to paint of successful sales. Yippee! Visit Tales of Sales.

I found this story very amusing. A columnist, Judy McGovern, from the Ann Arbor News asked an artist if she could spend the day in her booth to get another view on the art fairs. Marion Schlauch, a potter from Tennessee, graciously consented, and a new viewpoint is seen. Read Life in the Booth at the Ann Arbor News blog.

While you are there you might click on Artists Stories under “Categories” on the left hand side and see interviews and videos of some of the exhibiting artists, a whole bunch of them.

Everyone was there, including a reporter from WebWire, an internet press release resource. They reported on the intersection of art and science which they found in the South University Fair where you could purchase photos made by scientists from the University of Michigan Center for Organogenesis. These sound pretty amazing. Read the story.

This is what they had for sale: “When fair goers buy the center’s popular note cards, matted prints, and framed and matted prints, they get to share a bit of the excitement scientists feel as they gaze in their microscopes at cells developing into different types of cells in the body.”

You may recall I told you about the new (2nd) year Indie Art Fair, the Shadow Art Fair in Ypsilanti, that was held on Saturday. It surely sounded like lots of fun…imagine a slogan “40 Artists and 9000 Gallons of Beer,” well, here is the update on how that fair fared. Visit:

The Art Fair Report: Ann Arbor

July 20, 2007

It happened again! I’ve been to so many art fairs over the last quarter century that I thought I was jaded. After attending the Krasl Art Fair in St. Joe, MI, last weekend I was pleased but not excited. THEN…on Wednesday off to Ann Arbor. Fabulous, fabulous!

Jody McLeane talking with a customer

Yes, this event is more than an art fair needs to be, and there are definitely “goods” that you would not want in your home or office, but those booths are easy to skip. Move fast so you can really drink in the beautiful, unusual creative goods awaiting you in the next booth.

Now this is definitely NOT Art available at a mall near you.

The Street Fair (the original) near the Bell Tower had new artists as well as the regulars. So you think you have seen it already…the old regulars surprise you with their ever expanding vision. I suggest you don’t miss the corner booths A124 & A125, James & Kathleen Eaton, an art fair power couple who bring art that treats the eye and calls out your lust factor. A few spaces away Jody DePew McCleane‘s pastels glow with wonderful light and shadow.

Kathleen Weir-West (A234) looking not nearly as pleased as she actually was!

Another power couple are Dale Rayburn (A129) and Mamie Joe (A372). Dale’s realism is a stark contrast to the expressionism of Mamie’s paintings. I even found a new photographer to love: Steven Gregory (A359).

It was great seeing old friends like Fred Warren (A350) winning another award after his triumph at Cherry Creek, potter Carolyn Carroll on State Street (C038) and Anne London‘s fabulous drawings on North University (B247), and exciting to see the sales success of Seung Lee (E186) as his fine prints left the booth! Hi again to Ed Bordett (E173), long time, no see!

The weather continues to be beautiful, so make tracks for Ann Arbor. You will never regret it. I think maybe I have to go back tomorrow!

Don’t take my word for it, here is a good place for more details:

Award Winners at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival

July 8, 2007

Artists love the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, CO, traditionally held around the 4th of July. It is competitive, exhibits some of the best art in the business and the patrons often vie to collect it.

Haruta graphicsThis year’s award winners:

Best of show: Chia Haruta, of Hanover Mich., for work in the graphics and printmaking category, whose graphics are illustrated here exhibited at the Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival where she won second place.

Second place: Bill Starke, of Aurora, for work in sculptures

Third place: Trish Stevenson, of Black Earth, Wis., for jewelry

Merit awards: James Barnes, of Woolwine, Va., in wood; Frederick Warren, of North Muskegon, Mich., in glass; Gregg Graff and Jacki Pouyat, of Sequim, Wash., in mixed media; Chris Antieau, of Manchester, Mich., in fiber; and Heinrich Toh, of Seattle, in graphics and printmaking

Festival juror awards: Juror Elissa Auther awarded fiber artist Leah Evans, of Madison, Wis.; juror Kirsten Gerdes awarded mixed media artist Chis Ake, of San Antonio, Texas; and juror Robert Stadnycki awarded sculptor Theodore Gall, of Ojai, Calif.

Art Fairs Working To Make Ends Meet

July 5, 2007


How do art fairs host these huge festivals and also the ones that are not so huge? Artists used to think that their booth fees would cover the costs, but in recent years more and more sponsors have been required to keep the events alive.

If you are interested in the business of art fairs you will enjoy this informative article from, from the Ann Arbor Business Review about the competition for sponsorship dollars in the Michigan area.

My sources tell me that the Michigan Guild’s director, Max Clayton, has just secured Disney as a sponsor for their children’s activity area. Way to go Max! The Michigan Guild sponsors almost 500 artists at Ann Arbor who exhibit on State Street, Liberty and Main St.