Archive for the ‘Featured Artist’ Category

Artist of the Month: Lynn Krause, Pastels

September 19, 2008
October Woods by Lynn Krause

October Woods by Lynn Krause

Chicago area artist Lynn Krause has been exhibiting her fine pastel drawings at the nation’s art fairs since l967. I’ve known Lynn since the early l980’s and have always been a fan of her work and have always anticipated the next evolution of her work.

Her recent work is pastel. Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. Pastel combines the convenience of a dry medium with the brilliant colour of paint. It is the brilliance of the color which draws artists and patrons to this medium.

The trees which are a feature of her present work glow with the vitality of Fall in America, taking you to the woods of yesterday and today.

If you are in the Chicago area you may meet Lynn September 20 and 21 in Naperville; on September 27 & 28 in Barrington.

Read more about Lynn and her fine work at: ArtFairCalendar.com/featured artist

Artist of the Month: James Parker, Photographer

August 8, 2008

Western Landscapes

And the Great Spirit Smiled

And the Great Spirit Smiled

Born in Rapid City, SD, both his grandfather and father wrangled horses, tourists and children on their dude ranch. Fast forward to today, a visit to Jim’s booth at an art fair and you see a good example of the old maxim “What should I write about?” with its meaningful answer:  “Write about what you know.” Receiving his first camera at the age of seven, Jim follows through on this good advice.

The eldest son of a Western historian, his images explore both the architectural artifacts and the geologic history of the American West. Sweeping panoramas, details of a western life long gone, exploring man’s impact on the continent and vice versa, you find a comprehensive body of work that expresses the inner life of the person behind the camera.

If you are interested in the lifestyle of art fair artists, this month’s featured artist, James Parker, has a engaging blog, “Life as an Itinerant Artist” documenting the comings and goings of the art fair life.

Learn more about Jim’s well integrated life, a life that combines his earliest sensate memories with the adventures of life on the road.

See more of Jim’s work and find him at an art fair near you: http://www.parkerparker.info/

Michiganders can see him at the end of the month at Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac, MI.

Artist of the Month: Steve Uren – Woodworker

May 21, 2008

Steve Uren - HutchNorthwoods Rustic Creations

Steve Uren’s work is a natural outgrowth of his love for the woods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A lifetime fisherman and woodworker, his original North Woods “lodge” rustic furniture has evolved into sophisticated pieces that are made for a contemporary setting.

He purchases his wood locally, in the Upper Peninsula, whenever it is feasible and economically sound to do so. The wood comes primarily from a local lumber mill that is a certified “green” harvester, because, as he says, “They utilize sustainable harvesting practices which is incredibly important to us – this is our home and our woods that should be here for generations to come.”

Steve is always happy to incorporate a search for wood into a fishing trip to one of the many streams or lakes in the area. Some past customers have asked that we salvage wood from their property to build a piece of furniture for them.

Read more about Steve and his work at: ArtFairCalendar.com/FeaturedArtist

Featured Artist: Debra Groat – Eco-Friendly, Organic Heirloom Jewelry

April 15, 2008

It is a pleasure to introduce to you an artist who is relatively new to the art fair business,Jewelry from Rare Heirloom Seeds Debra Groat. She is an example of what is not so uncommon at art fairs, mature people whose lives have taken them to the point where they can begin to explore and polish talents that have lain dormant or that develop out of their life experiences. You will like this story.

What makes art fairs so interesting to people is the diversity. It is the last unusual shopping arena in the U.S. Usually our featured artist is one of the “art stars” in this business, but when we found Debra we knew we had a new one-of-a-kind to present to you.

You will be impressed by the authenticity of the work, Debra’s family story, the eco-friendliness of the end product, that reflects back to earlier times and forward to a preservation of the earth and its resources. Owning and wearing this jewelry, both keeps one in touch with the natural world but also supports the way of life on which this country was built.

The jewelry pictured here is Red Calypso beads with Fire-Polished Czech Beads. Hand made when ordered, from organically grown heirloom seeds.

In our ecologically-challenged times it is very exciting to feature the work of Debra Groat, who not only creates art but grows it!  Debra’s jewelry is handcrafted from certified, organic, hand-harvested and heirloom seeds grown on her family’s Centennial farm in rural Michigan. “I let the seeds speak to me. Working with them can be a spiritual experience.”

Hopefully you will be able to find Debra at an art fair near you soon, but in the meantime visit ArtFairCalendar.com/FeaturedArtist to learn more.

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April 4, 2008

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Featured Artist – Ted Gall, Sculpture

March 2, 2008

http://tgall.comThis month’s featured artist is one of the most respected artists in the art fair business.

Ted Gall has been exhibiting his sculpture for over 30 years. Early on he exhibited monumental bronze sculptures, but over the years he has moved to also creating hand-held pieces with moving parts and fine scale details. Seemingly unaffected by what the economy is (or is not) doing Ted continues to create and prosper.

Although the work is thoughtful and serious, Ted himself is energetic and fun-filled. The darkness of the work is the shadow side of its creator.

Ted Gall studied art at the school of hard knocks and strong welds. Growing up in inner-city Chicago, he had few creative role models. His father was a truck driver and his mother a homemaker. Both had left school after the third grade. But when their son displayed an early, prodigious talent for drawing and composition, they were delighted.

At 11 he was the youngest student at the Saturday drawing class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fast forward to today, passing through phases as an animator, graphic designer and other less creative endeavors, Ted has emerged as a well-known sculptor, a master of both welded and cast work. His contemporary, representational pieces adorn parks, corporations and private collections. The work can be found at a few select art fairs and galleries.

Ted’s work has found ready collectors, ranging from major public collections such as MacDonald’s to the private collections of President Jimmy Carter and people like you and me who have encountered Ted at an art fair.

Let me warn you. Ted, like many others who have participated in art fairs for a long time, will possibly not be at the fairs much longer. When you see him don’t pass on the opportunity to own one of his fine pieces.

Learn more about Ted and his work at: ArtFairCalendar.com/Featuredartist

Featured Artist – Dolan Geiman

December 22, 2007
Contemporary Art With a Southern Flair
Dolan Geiman

This month’s artist can be descirbed as Southern, ruralist, rescued, green mixed media designer of art machines, rescued and repurposed clothing, collages, furniture, paintings and wood constructions.

Growing up in the South he made art all the time. Every day he and his brother made something, “Whether it was a corn husk doll, or a t-shirt that we dyed ourselves with berries, or a sculpture out of sticks that we found. Every activity had something creative in it.

If we went for a walk, by the time we came home we’d have some much stuff in our pockets it would take us a whole day just to look at all of it. This kind of intrigue never died for me, or disappeared like it does when most people grow older. I think mine actually became more intense.”

Interested? Learn more about Dolan Geiman and his multi-faceted talents at his website: www.dolangeiman.com

Featured Artist – Ray Jones, Fine Wood Boxes

November 4, 2007

Ray Jones, Artist

Ray Jones’ story reads like that of many other artists profiled on this website–ending with the perfect twist!

Well educated as an engineer and working in an aerospace propulsion firm in Southern California he had worked as a carpenter’s assistant while going through college. Setting up his first household he bought tools instead of furniture, then proceeded to make the furniture.

Deciding to make the perfect jewelry box as a gift for his future wife the die was cast! Shortly after that, in l982, he left his job in aerospace and has been making wood boxes and selling them at art fairs throughout the country ever since.

I enjoy making wood boxes, turned or otherwise. A wood box should be just that: wood. So, as much as possible I use only wood in my boxes, including the hinges, fasteners, and drawer slides. I am fascinated by wooden mechanisms, and the intersections of various geometric shapes.

The tremendous variety of woods that exist in the world fascinate me. I try to use sustainably harvested, plantation grown, salvaged, or otherwise “environmentally friendly” woods whenever possible.

I had never seen Ray’s work until I visited his website recently.The boxes come in many sizes, an infinite variety of woods and each one is a work of imagination and perfection<span style.

There are two links you must explore:

“Very Special Boxes” which are non-production in which he tests new designs, combinations of woods and techniques, experiments where he explores the media rather than thinking about how much time they take to complete. These boxes are completely made of wood, even the hinges.

While you are on his site also click the link “Coming Soon,” and read the story about the “Thuya Burl” that he got from Morocco and see what a master woodworker does with a 100+ pounds of burl.


Ray now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, Linda, and their three children. The boxes are all made by him with occasional help from a part time assistant. Like many artist couples his wife runs the business.

The photos only tell a small part of the story. Each box is finely finished with careful sanding, hand rubbing of finishing oils and buffing of the final finish. Visitors are encouraged to touch these jewel-like boxes, see the precision working of the ebony hinges and enjoy the tactile pleasure that they bring.

Prices start at $75.
Visit Ray’s website: www.rayjoneswoodboxes.com.

Where you can meet Ray and see the boxes:

Featured Artist – Don Ament

September 28, 2007

IMAGES OF PLANET EARTH

For many years Don Ament has been known at art fairs for his fine large format color photographs handprinted in his own darkroom. He is one of those lucky people who has been able to turn a serious avocation into a profession. Coming from the demanding background of a commercial photographer he has turned his love of nature into a means of support as well as self expression.

This is not about pretty pictures. Don has a deep technical knowledge of photographic processes and can ‘talk the talk’ as well as ‘walk the walk’ with just about anyone. Don’t miss his philosophy about photography on his website, you will soon learn that this media is about much more than automatic exposures and pushing buttons on a digital camera.

His portfolio of images is varied but mostly is dominated by sweeping landscapes, exposing the planet at its most beautiful.

When you visit his site do not miss Gallery Mountaintop Removal with its strong images and poignant story. Proceeds from the sales of these photos will be donated to educate the public on the short and long-term effects of these mining operations.

Where to meet Don:

To see more of Don’s work visit: DonAment.com

Featured Artist – A.E. London

September 9, 2007

“Botswana Sunset” – 8″ x 24″ Watercolor

A.E. London’s booth at an art fair draws you in with its subtlety and quietness. A strong contrast to the popular abstract expressionism with bold colors that may match the couch, she continues to complete low contrast drawings, watercolors and unique engravings which speak of her passion for endangered species.

Making her way around the country and exhibiting her art since she was a teenager in the early l980’s Anne, has led the life of an art fair artist balancing travel, the need for income and creating new work, challenged by her inner needs to tell the story of the endangered animals she represents in her drawings, watercolors and engravings.

It is people like Anne who have helped make the nation’s art fairs the cultural phenomena that they are. Audiences recognize the integrity of work that comes from the soul of the maker. Yes, you can find some cool pottery at many of the nation’s retail outlets and prints at Wal-Mart, but when you meet and talk with and collect the work of people like Anne you are included in the creative process.

Anne’s work and concern for endangered species is the heart of who Anne is. Making her way on her own you may meet her in an airport in Nairobi or Johannesburg as she travels to study the subjects that give meaning to her life.

To learn more about London’s work visit: AELondonstudio.com