Monday, June 29, 2015

Local Art Seen: 45th Annual Park Point Art Fair

Brady Glower's Photo Letter Project
A whimsical mosaic pig created by Joan Wilson of Shorewood.
Painting by Tonya Sell with crackle paste and string gel.
For locals, the Park Point Art Fair is a local summer staple, much like the annual Park Point Rummage Sale in which nearly every house on the Point has its array of stuff set out and prices, or so it seems. In this case, its fine art and crafts, wall art and sculptures, and a stage with a lot of fine music.

The setup is same as usual, and many of the artists are the same as well, mostly regional artists from the Twin Cities to the Iron Range. The weather for the weekend was most enjoyable, though a late afternoon storm broke around three o'clock and dampened some spirits.

I do have one complaint about the show. The handout with all the artists' names and information was less helpful this year. The artists were listed in various categories by their type of medium they worked in, from printmaking to jewelry to painting. This year they were listed in alphabetical order by last name. But if you don't recall the name, it becomes exceedingly difficult to find which artist you were talking with. I recommend contact information for everyone in next year's program.

Nevertheless, here are some of the things that caught my eye.
Husby ceramics have become a given here.
I recognized Escher's influence in Kyle Osvog's ceramic work.
Embroidery as fine art.

Meantime, art goes on all around you. Engage it.

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