This weekend the Old Town Art Fair took place down in my old neighborhood, or at least one of the places I lived years ago. Back then I lived in a teeny tiny studio apartment that really could not fit more than 3 people in it. It was my early twenties and I was never home except to sleep. It served its purpose.
We went late Saturday afternoon as it poured that morning, but I am glad I was able to go for that little bit. The quality of art there was fantastic and the crowd seemed to be a buying crowd, which makes for a festive atmosphere. I, of course, was on the lookout for encaustic artists. I found three booths, although there may have been more.
This mixed media artist’s work really pulled me in:
Erik Nelson His works must be seen in person. He works with a variety of material-such as joint compound, house paint, tar, etc. etc.
Rasa Pranckunaite’s work is so ethereal and just beautiful and haunting and…. She had several pieces with tree imagery, so of course my heart went pitter-patter. She also had stiched a bunch of tea bags together in one of her pieces. It was amazing.
There were several painters that really tempted my wallet. Their styles were in the folk genre. I am sure there is a better term for it, but I can’t think of it for the moment. I think that the style is sometimes referred to as primitive art, or evoking primitive art. Whatever it is, I just love it. Love. The rich symbolism is what gets me.
Chris Roberts-Antieu-Her work is actually not painting, but sewn fabric.
Justin Robinson from Alabama- will have a web site soon, just noting this here so that when I lose my little slip of paper with his information, I will have it saved some where. I really really wanted all his paintings.
Those were my personal favorites. As I said we went late in the day and it was crowded, I am sure I missed other jewels. All in all, an art fair that I will definitely look forward to in the future.