Field Trip Saturday: Art Fair on the Square

On Saturdays, we’re always trying to think of something fun to do that’s outside our neighborhood. Sometimes, we go to the farmers market. Other times, we go downtown for a slice of pizza and a dose of people-watching. Sometimes, in Fall, we hit the hiking trails.

This Saturday was the 55th annual Art Fair on the Square, where 450 juried artists set up booths around the Capitol Square. Going to these outdoor art fairs is one of my favorite things to do, so this one is a highlight for summer.

art fair

Over the years, we have discovered a few favorite artists, such as photographer John Scanlon, from whom we have these three photos of European sidewalk cafes hanging in our kitchen.

scanlon-photos

Last year, we found a new artist Kinaloon who screen prints beautiful notecards.

Kinaloon screenprinted notecards

The people-watching is always fun at these types of events. We noticed a couple idiots taking pictures of artists’ work, which is so uncool and often posted as a no-no.

I wanted to share more of our favorites from this year’s art fair (with links to their websites where you can see their pictures of their work):

  • Alitas Jewelry, which had a steampunk feel since it was made from reused steel hardware parts.
  • I loved Justin D. Miller‘s work, surrealist paintings and art. We were drawn to his Trees, Night, and Houses galleries, and loved this After the Quake piece.
  • We also loved Andy Van Schyndle’s work of Wagalabagala, paintings with a fun mix of fantasy and reality.
  • Iona Handcrafted Books were absolutely gorgeous, especially the ones with the handmade watercolor paper.
  • Another artist we loved was Xavier Nuez, who photographed of bleak urban settings with really long exposures and cool lighting.
  • My husband’s favorite vendor was the Jackson Junge Gallery, with paintings of the best whimsical scenes you could imagine, personifying adult beverages.
  • Bruce Holwerda‘s paintings were my favorite of the art show! The artist describes his work as “whimsical surrealistic subjects in a fantasy world.” I loved the Seeking Heroes piece the most.

Over the past few years, I have grown to appreciate a wider variety of artists, thanks to all that I’ve learned in my art and design classes.

Such a great day full of fresh air, good food, and creative inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Terri

8 comments

  • Great post, and thanks for the links of the artists’ work. Living in a small town, I don’t often (as in never) have this opportunity!! I’ve never even been to a quilt show…gasp ;-(

    • Thanks Michelle! Any kind of show where you can see people’s work in person is a treat, so I hope you get a chance to see a quilt show or art show in person someday.

  • Hello Terri,

    Boy oh boy what great links, some people are truly blessed aren’t they. I can just imagine you had a wonderful day looking at all the artwork. Thank you so much for the links, the artwork was amazing, I kept on thinking some of these need to be made into jigsaws they would take ages to do but the end result is magnificent. Though I doubt they would like their artwork made into jigsaws!

    Happy days.
    Bev.

    • Thanks so much, Bev, for stopping by and checking out those links I shared. I’m happy to hear you found the artwork fun to look at. Of course, I would have loved to share pictures, but the links were the next best thing. That’s a cool idea to make some of the artwork into jigsaws. Bet they would be hard puzzles to put together.

  • I think my favorite would have been Justin Miller’s art! Very fixating! What a fabulous way to spend the day!

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