Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thursday Thirteen 162: Art Fair

This past weekend, July 10 and 11, was the annual Art Fair On the Square and Art Fair Off the Square here in Madison. The former features around 450 artists from across the country, while the latter is Wisconsin artists only. It was extremely hot up town this weekend, but despite that and the fact you can't afford any of the wares for sale, it's always fun to walk around and look at all the different media, including: ceramics, fiber, glass, wood, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and graphics. I've denoted those who are from Wisconsin, the medium, and included websites where I could. Enjoy!

Some of the ceramic bowls displayed near the High School Clay Coalition booth. All products were made by students from East High School and West High School in Madison.

Scarves in every color!

Pretty gourds. Sorry, I missed who these were by.

Stoneware by Wisconsin artisan Carolina Niebres.

Stained glass.

There be dragons here! Love the whimsical metal sculptures by Brady Lueck of Wisconsin.

Fiber/Leather. Gotta love the look and smell of this booth, Roche Leather!

That frog can jam! Steel/Outdoor art by Wisconsin artist James Sauer.

I don't think I need to explain why this was one of my absolute favorite booths. Alas, they are far outside my meager budget, but sooooo pretty to look at. Check out Mychal Mitchell's website to see more, or to place an order.

I love the way these woven wire sculptures by Michael Gard seem to float on the air.

These cow paintings by Sue Skowronski made me smile.

This photo and the next are by the same artist, Mark Sijan, who was Best of Show in 2009. He works in Sculpture and 3D Media. You have to check out his website!

(Please leave your link if this is your first visit!)

Nicola O * Stephanie Barnett * Deb * Alice Audrey
Rinkly Rimes * Erin Jeany * Shelley Munro * Hazel
Adelle Laudan * Chef Dennis * David Bridger * Kristen
Elise Logan * Harriet * Journeywoman * Janice Seagraves
Paige Tyler * Tatiana Caldwell * Darla M Sands
Sasha Devlin * Inez Kelley * Jana * Jill Conyers * Colleen
CountryDew * Jennifer Leeland * Brandy

More Thursday Thirteen participants


Nicola O. said...

Wow, that looks like a fun day. I can't decide if I like the french-horn playing frog or the air people better. Some amazing work!

Happy Thirteening...great list.

Heather said...

Nicola: If I had the money, I would definitely choose one of the air people...provided I had a place to put it/them. Thanks for visiting! *g*

Stephanie Bennett said...

Oh, I love art fairs! I would love to have been there. Great stuff. :) Happy Thursday!

Deb said...

Those wire sculptures are fantastic aren't they! I love art fairs, it's great the students were involved too.

Alice Audrey said...

That one cow looks so surprised. You gotta wonder.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I particularly like the floating sculptures. May I write a poem about them?

ErinJeany said...

Love the wire sculptures and the stuff by Mark Sijan. Checking out his site now! :)

happy Thursday!

Shelley Munro said...

I wish we had some markets like this around us. The stalls all look tempting to me.

Hazel said...

I love the gourds! It's my first time ever to see those.

Adelle Laudan said...

Mark Sijan is amazing and so are those wire sculptures. I'm off to be shocked by the prices of those leather covers.
Great list. Happy T13!

Chef Dennis said...

what a great event!! I wish we had more of those around here! It makes for such a fun day out!

David Bridger said...

The frog and wire sculpures are wonderful!

Kristen said...

So much talent! Those high school students did such a great job making real bowls. I love the gourd chili peppers and those wire sculptures ~ wow!

Elise Logan said...

Those handcrafted books are amazing. The wire sculptures are awesome, too.

I am Harriet said...

You gotta love those fairs.

Have a great day!

Journeywoman said...

These are great! I love the wire sculptures!

Heather said...

Stephanie: Art fairs are great for inspiration and people watching, aren't they?

Deb: I love those wire sculptures. And yes, the students did an excellent job, and had a brisk business at their stall.

Alice: You would notice the cows, LOL.

Rinkley: Write away! I'm sure the artist would be flattered to know he'd inspired people.

Heather said...

Adelle: Easy to see why they were among my favorite booths, isn't it? So how shocked were you by the price of the journals?

Dennis: Definitely a fun event, and something the entire family can take in. Something there for everyone, no matter what one's tastes. I'm lucky to live in an area that promotes the arts and where there are several art fairs of different sizes not only during the summer, but throughout the year.

David: I had a feeling people would love those wire sculptures as much as I do! *g*

Heather said...

Erin: Be prepared to be amazed. The work he showed at the fair was amazing enough, but there is so much more on Sijan's website.

Shelley: The different booths are all tempting in one way or another. There is so much to see and most of the artists quite amiable.

Hazel: Aren't the gourds awesome? I love how fun and festive they are!

Heather said...

Kristen: Amazing talent and creativity both, and of all ages, too.

Elise: No question as to why those were two of my favorite displays, is there? *vbg*

Harriet: Definitely love them! Arts and crafts fairs are a great way to spend a day, or just an hour or two.

Journeywoman: Those wire sculptures truly were amazing - there was just enough breeze that day so that they looked like they were dancing on air.

Jana said...

Ooo, ahhh, gorgeous! Well, right up until the severed head! lol

Darla M Sands said...

I really want some of those sculptures. Amazing artistry all around. Thank you for sharing!

jillconyers said...

Love seeing all the different art mediums. Happy Thursday!

colleen said...

You were right. These are great! A great photojournal tour with just enough color and gore!

CountryDew said...

That's some great artwork there. Nice festival.

Inez Kelley said...

How very cool!

Brandy said...

What a beautiful art fair!!

Heather said...

Jana: What, you have something against the headless? LOL

Darla: Me too, me too! I'm glad you liked! *g*

Colleen: "Color and gore..." Hehe -- glad you enjoyed!

Heather said...

Anita: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed!

Inez: It is, isn't it? And these are only 12 of more than 600 booths one could stop and gawk at!

Brandy: Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Ooooh wow! What a fantastic post! I LOVE the Wall O Purses. That's my weakness.
And the leather bound books? Sweeeeeeeeeet.

Janice said...

The sculpture was absolutely amazing.

Love your post.

Happy Belated TT.

Heather said...

Jennifer: See what you miss by never visiting your sister? (Kidding - I know you have A LOT on your plate right now.)

Janice: Er, which sculptures did you like? The wire ones or the ones at end of the post? They're both pretty great, aren't they?

Kaye said...

The Frog is awesome!!! Hope you had a great time.

Heather said...

Thanks, Kaye! It was a good time. Just wish I could afford to buy some of what I saw, lol.