Friday, July 27, 2012

ARCHING FOR ART

Ventured to the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis. Learned about it on tv since there was very little advertising. Arrived an hour early to procure parking and read the newspaper while I waited for the booths to open. Beautiful June summer day, until it rained. I lived in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood for four years during and after college. I apologize for this much belated review; I’ve had a hectic summer!

Event was well attended. Amenable that there is a kid area but it could have been designated as such on the map. Variety of booths and entertainment. Could add more street entertainers to fill in the gaps between stages. Only one accordion player was at the west end of the booths. It was cool to have the car show on Father’s Day. Autos can be art but it would have been nice to have a few low riders with etched chrome and art cars on display.

Information booths are needed at the East and West entrances as well as next to the stairwells that lead from the parking ramp to the street. The booths were tucked away and difficult to notice. I was so busy looking at the display booths that I didn’t watch the roadway and tripped. Parts of the cobblestone road were in shambles. Perhaps they could fill the potholes with sand to reduce liability or at least place traffic cones over the worst spots. Nasty sewer stench lingered over the east end, ugh.

Nice to chat with previous honorees such as Rabi Sanfo and Melvin McGee. Felt sorry for the booths on the walkway to the Water Power Park. I don’t think that many attendees realized that it was open. Took advantage of a real bathroom at Wilde Roast and relaxed with a cool glass of iced tea before returning to the heat. Interestingly, lots of couples are highlighted in this review. Biggest complaint is the small type size on the business cards distributed by artists. Please, nothing below 8 points!

Please check out these terrific artisans. Honorable Mentions are not in any particular order.

Best in Show:
Jude R. Labuszewski playfully illustrates bug and critters. Delightful urban paintings and aquatint prints bring a smile to the viewer. http://www.judy-labuszewski.artistwebsites.com/

Honorable Mentions:
* Cynthia Anderson has beautiful glassworks and stone pieces. www.steelstoneglass.com

* Jeffery Gauss dabbles in eccentrically original magnets and paintings. The tattoo-style painting is mercurial with vibrant details of blue and purple. www.magnetdude.com

* Jerry & Marian Spitzack create silly and fun kitchen art. Who knew that forks and knives could be chimes? Email them at gmspitz1@aol.com

* Mark Lamm personifies the art of wood. Glued and appliqu├ęd wood becomes sculpture-like bowls, vases, and other forms. www.theartofwood.biz

* Susan & Eric Anderson’s pottery is organically stunning. The vessels look like beautiful pitcher plants and will be featured on Antique Roadshow someday. www.susanandersonceramics.com

* Bill Brown handcrafts furnishings into funky country furniture utilizing raw branches and polished surfaces. www.billbrownrusticfurniture@blogspot.com

* Wayne A. Kolstad has an interesting array of custom wood sculptures. The fish look real enough to be jumping into the nearby Mississippi River. www.carvingsbywako.com

* Bill & Linda Sumner make fun paperwork and fiber pieces. www.bearpaw-paperworks.com

* Nick Ringelstetter makes loud bright and bold other worldly graphic illustrations. Good humor and complicated images. http://www.atomic7studio.com/
Again, I express regret for this tardy posting. Summer is flying by too fast, as always.

Earth without “art” is “eh.”
© 2012 Ima B. Musing

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