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.


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!


A Family Affair

I feel like I just spent the past three days on holiday! My family arrived on Friday to hang out and entertain our extended family for a reunion on Saturday to celebrate my sister’s time in the U.S.

We opened the day with a trip to the farmers market and art fair.

hanging out at the market(Abby, MaryKay, Taylor and Mike)

The produce and flowers at the market were beautiful, as usual.

freshness at the marketMy sister filled her shopping bag with lots of bread and cheese, of course. They can’t get good bread in China, and as long as they are in Wisconsin, they might as well stock up on cheese too. My brother bought these delicious jalapeno popper biscuits, quite tasty when warmed and buttered.

Mike and MK buying breadThe rest of us filled up on cookies for breakfast. (gotta keep up with the kids!)

We checked out some cool art,

sculpture art at the art fairand some funky art.

funky art at the art fairAll the while, my wonderful mom was at our house getting the food ready for a party for 25 people (thanks Mom!), and my husband was setting up the backyard (thanks Dave).

My wonderful family!(Mom, Mike, Taylor, MaryKay, Amanda, Me, Abby)

We lucked out with beautiful weather, and everyone had so much fun together!