Sunday, March 21, 2010

2009-10 Winter Tana Tour, Fairhope Art Fesitval

As all good festivals go, this one had people, dogs, puppies, and babies, some sleeping in their wagons as their parents shopped.  There was, art, art and more art.  This is a juried show, so, it is the best of the best.  It is a large show, Man and I did not manage to see it all, every street corner we turned there were more vendor tents.  There were food vendors, the chicken quesadillas were excellent!  The weather was outstanding on Friday, probably the best weather day we have had in our months here in Baldwin County Alabama.  (Left, Man enjoying a cup of coffee at an OUTSIDE cafe table, it was that warm and wonderful!)

Notes on the art, there was a decided flavor of "edgy" art, no matter what the medium.  Interesting to me was the obvious turn away from framed oils, frameless is in!  Another trend I noted was the number of booths that centered around pets, dogs and cats, and more dogs than cats.  Again, edgy presentations of your favorite pooch was the norm at this art fair.  I use the word edgy as I don't know the proper descriptive term, lets just say, there was little tradtional art shown.

Represented were decorative art , functional art, graphics & drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, pottery & ceramics, sculpture, watercolors and woodworking.  As a matter of respect, I did not take any photographs of the art for sale.  I did find these interesting pieces hanging outside one of the local businesses, not for sale, so, shoot away Carol!

There was, of course, entertainment, the local high school band jazz band was performing, talented kids.  Man and I discovered and we instantly fell in love with another local group, Roman Street.

Man and I did splurge and purchased one piece, wood, the artists live less than 100 miles from our home in Michigan.  We found that humorous, travel 1000 miles, and our purchase was from fellow Michiganders, Al Freund & Deb Keese, of Woodstuff.  They call this Madonna, photo is of the one we purchased. It truly is a piece of art.

It was a fair day at the Fairhope Art Festival, long to be remembered by Man and Moi.

*Yes, I took a few photos of flowers, stay tuned, they will show up in a future post here at Reflections.

Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence.


Terri said...

Oh wow, love those birds!

lindalee said... the birds and since I love wood....your purchase is just perfect!