Monday, November 14, 2011
Gainsville Art Festival
Yesterday we got up early to beat the crowds at the Gainsville Art Festival and saw some wonderful art. Gary was wondering what would happen if this big bird tripped on the brick streets. Read to the end to find out why this post could be titled, "hey people talk to me".
Check out this bowl turned from a sabal palm. The circles you see are the where the roots exit the bottom of the palm.
At a distance I thought it was a piece of pottery but as I got closer I saw that it was wood. The artist turns the wood on a lathe and makes the large vase shape. The artist said many potters have looked at that pattern and tried to think of a way to reproduce it with a glaze. I thought about oil spot and hare's fur glazes. There must be thousands of circles and each one is a different shape and size. Nature is wondrous.
Here's another piece of art that I initially thought was ceramic, but as I got closer I saw that this too was wood. Amazing is all I could say. The artist wasn't in this booth so I didn't learn any more than what the sign said.
Here's a few more extraordinary pieces from the same artist. I think the wood was mahogany.
Here's a booth fair tip I picked up. The weights for this booth were poured in PVC but a metal pipe was put in the center so the booth pole can slide in the weights. I think that would be a much better system than the hanging ones.
Here's a jewelry artist who made their shelf supports from PVC and painted them. The shelving is light weight and fit with his design.
I can't tell you how many booths I visited, even pottery booths, where the artists never greeted me. One pottery booth I went in I tried asking the artist about their work and I couldn't tear them away from talking with their two friends. I could tell by the conversation the other folks were friends. I stayed in the booth for more than ten minutes trying to engage the artist to no avail. Many other booths were the same. Some were on the phone, reading newspapers, or talking with other artists behind their booths. I was thinking many artists are loosing potential customers and sales by ignoring folks visiting their booths. Just my two cents. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.