|Prototypical art fair booths.|
First, you couldn't get nicer weather. The outdoor fairs can produce anxiety for the artists when strong winds kick up and threaten to turn their pop-up tents into kites. The sun was generous and the crowds seemed healthy for this annual event.
The Park Point Art Fair is one of two art fairs conducted annually near the waterfront. The second will be later this summer in Bayfront Park. If you're looking for something special, or just want to meet some especially creative people for an afternoon of free entertainment, these open air art fairs can be a very nice destination for anyone.
A lot of preparation goes into these kinds of shows. The promoters will not have artists if they fail to bring a crowd. The artists will not have buyers of their work if there's no one there except other artisans. The media helps get the word out. And social media is increasingly helpful as well. But at the end of the day the artists carry the brunt of it, with setups and tear-downs each weekend, accounting and paperwork also minced in.
For those who attend you can count on a great range of gift ideas for people you love. There's wall art, garden art, and even fashion art. There are decorative items for your desk, your walls, your porch, you name it, you will find it here.
|Sam Spiczka's distinctive designs|
Though most of the artists in this gathering hail from Minnesota and Wisconsin, we did have a pair of Californians in our midst, photographer Jim Tunnel of Los Angeles and Alex Zaves of Santa Barbara. Tunnel's vision is set on Indian and Cowboy art. Tunnel had a poster of a steer in his booth that read, "It's been said that the old west is a time gone by with values that are gone forever. I say not so fast."
Wish I could share everything I saw. Instead, it's better if you visit the art fairs in person. Here are a few images that caught my eye.
|Tonya Sell's diverse creatinons are always fascinating.|
|Peter Humeniuk's "big brush watercolors" are striking.|
|The Husby's distinctive style comes in all sizes.|
|Entertainer Lee Johnson, performance artist.|
Never been to the Point for this fair? There's another art fair coming soon to Bayfront Park in mid-August. A different group with lots to share. See you there.
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Have a colorful day!