Saturday, September 27, 2014

Autumn Art Fair, Part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of the Autumn Art Fair my friend Sally and I attended last Sunday. In case you missed it, here is part 1.

Note the sky is still overcast and the weather is still beautiful. As before, I urge you to peruse these photos at your own pace, while I try to keep from adding too many words.

I had been looking for my friend Sally, and I finally caught up with her.  I'm also a big fan of stained glass, but I'm not sure this is something I would want at my home.

The lady in the far right of the photo above (you can see her in the one above this one, too) was the only person who stopped me from taking photos of her art.  I was in such a hurry, I was just snapping away, because Sally had already headed on to the next thing that interested her, which obviously wasn't something that interested me.  She got in my face, because I wasn't paying much attention to anything except trying to stay out of everyone's way, grabbed my arm, and showed me a sign that read "no photos permitted."  I got her, though.  I went to the next booth and took photos of her wizards.

It was about this time the sun came out.  It was also about the time the church crowd showed up.

Thankfully, I caught up to Sally again.  I had intended to keep up with her, but the best laid plans and all.

I stopped to talk to this artist and get on her mailing list. 

She explained she works in oils

and even took the time to explain her technique for creating the drips I liked so much.

I liked these pieces,

but I suspect she used a template to paint the various designs on the canvas.  No time to talk to her, though, because Sally was nowhere in sight.

I finally saw Sally.  If you look in the far back left by the speed limit sign, you might see her, too.  You can see why I had trouble enjoying the art.

By this time, the crowds were beginning to overwhelm me.

Another of my favorite artists, this guy lives in Wichita.  Before I could take a picture of his art I've shown at least three times on my blog, I had to take a photo of this cool tee shirt.

I see he's added a few new pieces to his collection.

As I continued to shoot photos and look for Sally,

I recognized Pam Spika's art from last year,

when she was the artist of the year, and I spent a long time talking to her. 

Some may remember she even signed my program, and we've had conversations since then, too.
I caught her at a lull in visitors, so stopped to say hi.  I still adore her art!

These folks were warm and inviting and even offered to pose for a photo.  Gotta love those kinds of artists.

I took a few minutes to look around at the beauty

that  this mall provides visitors everyday.

Whew!  I had finally caught up to Sally again.  

And just in time to pause to look at the coffee and tea art.
I knew why Sally liked these.  They are painted in primary colors.

Suddenly, the crowds got to me.  I couldn't even get an idea of what was in a booth, because so many people were in the way.

Isn't it ironic, the art I liked the most, had the least people visiting that booth.  Good for me and my camera, but not good for the artist, whose name I didn't see, nor did I have a chance to compliment her art.

I had to wait while the artist showed a customer some baskets so I didn't get them as the focal image in the shot.

I could see Sally ahead, and I was definitely ready to leave.  I think she was, too.  I was ready because I had gotten so hot.  She because her foot was starting to hurt.

I hope, like last time, you saw something that inspired you.  Helen (H) commented that the art must be pricey.  I suspect so, Helen, but I had no time to check prices.  Here's what I DO know: Sally bought two pair of earrings for $55.00 each (USD), one bracelet for $110.00 (USD), and one ring for $300.00 (USD).  Thanks for visiting and you be the judge of the scale of this show.

18 thoughtful remarks:

jinxxxygirl said...

I know the crowds can overwhelm...they overwhelm me but its nice to see a good turn out for the artists. I think i could have spent all day there running around talking to artists etc...

Except for that one lady... i wonder if the artists wouldn't have liked a shout out on your blog with their name and contact info next to a pic of their artwork?? Hey every bit of networking helps i would think.....

Thank you so much Elizabeth...its been a long time since i've been to an Art Fair. This was so much fun and i know it was work to load that many photos! I really really appreciate it! Hugs! deb

Sharmon Davidson said...

Thanks for the tour! i love art fairs, but rarely get to go because of time constraints. There was certainly some gorgeous work on display there!

Divers and Sundry said...

I've run into anti-photo vendors/artists at our local arts/crafts fair. The ones I've seen are very antagonistic, and I can't believe that attitude is good for business. One woman thought I was taking the photograph to copy her work. Sheesh. I was taking a photo of my sweet girl, and her tacky craft work just happened to be in the background. Not that I have strong feelings about it ;)

The art in your pictures is beautiful! Thx :)

Helen said...

Lovely to see part 2 of the fair! I'd have thought the prices would be visible on display next to the art, that's what tends to happen here... anyhow it's lovely to see so much more of what you rushed past! Would it not be an idea for you and Sally to split up if you have such different tastes? Then you could browse at your leisure. Just an idea! (BTW I went to Kew again today, loads more pics for you to look at!!)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Thank you for taking me with you to this wonderful event! Amazing different artwork and for sure a fab atmosphere - fantastic weather ...
You made me happy! Thank you for sharing Elizabeth!Must have been a lot of upload work for you!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I enjoyed part 2 just as much as part 1. A show like this near me would be probably be juried and would also have an admission fee for the public which stops me from going. I can't see paying the venue when the artists have already paid for their spots. Perhaps that draws in a more serious shopper looking to buy.

Jo Murray said...

Such fabulous diversity! I could spend days looking at all this.

TwinkleToes2day said...

That was most enjoyable ELizabeht, thank you for sharing your day, it must have taken ages to upload so many pictures. Of this group my favourites were the blown glass and the lamps.
I'm glad the weather was fair and you met so many friendly people. Artists (well, most of them), are the best aren't they?!
Enjoy your Sunday ((hugs)) :o)

Carol said...

Thanks again for sharing the Art Fair with us. I really enjoyed looking at all of the art ♥

Caterina Giglio said...

Wow, E, I felt as though I was there, thanks for taking me along! What a great mix of talent and work.. Just exceptional! I have always been met with resistance at art shows and so I have always left my camera home, this was splendid! Grazie! X

Eliza said...

Thanks Elizabeth for all the work into uploading these fantastic shots of the fair, it really did feel like I was touring with you. Thanks it's been a long time since I have been on an outing like that.

Hugs Eliza

Rita said...

Heat and crowds and I don't mix well. Thanks for letting us see so much of the fair. This was a real treat. I am especially drawn to pottery and there were a lot of fascinating painters and photographers...just so much to take in. Wow! Thanks again. :)

Sue Marrazzo said...

Thanks for sharing all these great works = )

massofhair said...

Thank you again Elizabeth for taking us on a guided tour of the Art Fair. i would have loved the stained glass structure in my garden with lots of flowers growing around it. So many ceramicists with different glazes tempting me and so much colour that i would have been overwhelmed by just that :-) xxx

HOMA House said...

Next time could you maybe include the artists names? I would love to be a me to google their websites, maybe see some high quality images of their work so that I could buy something if I wished.

This kind of feels like a random drive-by and includes so little useful information.

Albert said...

So an artist asked you not to photograph her work, but you "got her" and did it anyway. Did you ask any of the artists before you stole your photos and posted them online for anyone to see?

These artists pay their mortgage and grocery bills with work they spend all of their time, resources and creative energy making. Some would love for you to take photos and some have had people like you steal their work and ideas for commercial purposes and are not interested in being stolen from again. All you have to do is be considerate and ask permission before you take something from them.

Any other retail operation would stop you immediately from taking photos. Try that in Macy's, any retail art gallery, or even Target. Museums have restrictions on what you can photograph and have guards in every gallery to enforce the rules. Would you go to a party of someone you didn't know and just start photographing their belongings? If you invited someone you didn't know into your house and they started photographing your belongings would you think they had good or bad motives?

Speaking specifically as a professional photographer, when you take a photo of another photographers work and post it online, you are violating federal copyright law by reproducing it without permission. You are opening yourself up to a lawsuit by posting these photos on your blog as evidence of your crime.

All you have to do is be respectful and ask permission. That doesn't seem like too much to ask in order to live in a civilized society.

DB said...

What a complete ASS you are!

An artist request you not take photographs of her work (which is completely and legally within her rights) and you proudly do it anyway!

You give jerks a bad name, sweetheart!

DogsMom said...

I usually find She who is in charge of the car keys sets the pace for the day.

I understood that you were not intentionally "stealing" anyone's work.
I was surprised tho that more artists did not request no pictures taken.

HOWEVER - if they are proud of their work, and it was not just cut and paste, they would not be as worried of them being stolen and used without permission. Technology strikes again.

Sadly there is no privacy anywhere.

Hopefully the woman with the empty booth was just enjoying a lull between customers. I like her work.