The Main Street Prototyping Festival

Today in Mesa, Arizona there is an interesting festival that examines art in a very different way. Items on display include a tunnel built of swim noodles, a trash-collecting turtle and other experiments that include urban planning. It’s called the Main Street Prototyping Festival and is an idea borrowed from San Francisco. The two day event will continue tomorrow as well.

20 prototypes are on display to answer the question about how to use activities and gathering spaces to make downtown more active and interesting. Everything is set up along Main Street between Country Club Drive and the Mesa Art Center. It’s worth coming out to check out the many ideas.

Getting Creative With the Kids Before Halloween

If you want to get your little ones exciting for Halloween, then it’s certainly worthwhile to check out the many art fairs and other activities happening in your area. Here are just a few of the listings for Halloween happenings and creative crafts in various cities.

In South Florida they have this list bursting with great ideas:

While Houston, Texas is trying to rebuild and reinvigorate the offerings for kids.

In Orange County, California they are offering these exciting events.

Wherever you are, there are great ways to celebrate with the kids and to incorporate art and creativity into those celebrations.

Happy Halloween!

Tennessee Craft Fair – Not to be Missed

The  39th annual fall Tennessee Craft Fair is this weekend and it’s one that you won’t want to miss. It will take place in Centennial Park and is hosted by Tennessee Craft, a nonprofit that works with local craftsmanship. The event includes over 200 juried artists, 40% of whom are from Tennessee.

The featured artists this year are Raku pottery artist Barry Bernstein, sculptor Karen Fincannon, photographer and painter Bill Turner, jewelry maker Elizabeth Barthel and furniture maker Daniel Corban.

 

The Story of One Antique

Certainly, one person’s trash could be another person’s treasure. Here is an incredible story about the life of one antique. Interior designer Heidi Pribell saw a mantelpiece in the basement of a client’s house in 1999. She convinced the home owner not to throw away the mantelpiece, and in 2011 she purchased it from the client. This year, she sold the item to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for an undisclosed sum.

The mantelpiece itself also had a story to tell. It was crafted in Italy in 1805 and stayed in the same building on Joy and Beacon Street near Boston Common through three owners. It was commissioned by diplomat and art importer Thomas Appleton. As Pribell said, “He was a true visionary. He was so sure of his tastes.”

Marble Mania Exhibition Open in NYC

Phoenix Ancient Art’s New York gallery is currently offering a summer exhibition called Marble Mania. Showcasing large marble depictions of Zeus and Aphrodite, the exhibition will feature 60 Greek and Roman works ranging in size, color, texture and style. Some of the pieces date back to the Early Bronze Age, and offer a unique perspective into the world of ancient art.

Located at the NYC gallery at 47 East 66th Street, the exhibition is open to the public from July 5th through August 25th.

Phoenix Ancient Art co-founder Ali Aboutaam tweeted about the exhibition and shared a video, offering a fascinating preview:

Special Surprise at the Seattle Art Fair This Year

From August 3-6, the Seattle Art Fair will take place at the CenturyLink Field Event Center and it’s well worth the trip. This year, in addition to the many other gorgeous items that will be on display, there will be a very unusual treat. Two of Kurt Cobain’s paintings will make their debut. These are paintings that have been in storage since his death in 1994.

These works are represented by United Talent Agency, who is also in charge of the Cobain estate. As Joshua Roth, the director for United Talent Agency Fine Arts said, the goal is to “create a touring exhibition that really tells the story of who Kurt was through artworks, personal artifacts and memorabilia, sort of like what the Rolling Stones did in London. There are dozens: several paintings, many drawings, many sculptures.”

One of the pieces, the Incesticide art, has been seen by the public while the other one has never been viewed by the general public.

And why has United Talent Agency picked this special venue for the debut? As Roth said, “He was born near there, he passed away there, and he created the soundtrack for a counterculture there.”

And we, in Seattle, get to be the recipients of that choice.

 

Detroit Summer Happenings

If you live in or near Detroit, Michigan you will not want to miss these summer happenings. There are so many awesome activities for families, singles and everyone in between. Here are just a few examples of what they have listed on the Detroit News site.

“Craftcom : Part beer festival and part comic convention, this new event also throws food trucks, live music, robots and costumes into the mix. If you decide to come dressed as your favorite super hero or other pop culture figure, don’t hold back, there’s a contest for best-dressed. 5-11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Free. Downtown Clawson. craftcomfestival.com

Art in the Park: Downtown Plymouth’s charms are on display for this three-day art festival with over 400 artists and is billed as Michigan’s second-largest art fair, now in its 38th year. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 8 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9. Central Plymouth. artinthepark.com

Ann Arbor Art Fair: The big chimichanga of the state’s summer art festivals offers four days of high art, cute crafts and unparalleled people-watching on 29 blocks throughout the City of Trees. Over 1,000 artists will take part, and conservative estimates project at least 400,000 visitors. The 58th-annual Ann Arbor Art Fair runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 20-22, noon-6 p.m. July 23. Downtown Ann Arbor. theannarborartfair.com”

56 Years of the Old Capital Art Fair

If you’re interested in a great fair, The Old Capital Art Fair in Springfield, Illinois is the place to be. With 160 vendors working in all mediums, the fair includes photography, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, metal works and more.

The fair pulls in people from all over and the artists are all selling their creations. Cindy Gibson of Bloomington said,

“I loved it last year. That’s why I came back. I couldn’t wait for this year. I like that there are a lot of different media represented. You can get a little look at water colors, acrylic and mixed media.”

This is going to be the 56th year of the Old Capital Art Fair and it typically brings in about 30,000 people.

Be part of the fun!

New Exhibit Opening in Chicago

If you live in Chicago or are passing through, you may want to check out the Life Force Arts Centre in Chicago. The exhibit opens on May 13 and will last until August 22, 2017. The exhibition includes a fascinating theme about how art can play a role in healing people’s nerves and anxieties.

At the exhibit, Sujata Tibrewala will be showing her work “Music Within” which is an acrylic on canvas work.  As her bio explains: “Sujata Tibrewala, a self-taught artist come engineer remarkably embodies the indomitable spirit of human existence through her works. Her works revolve around the theme of eco-feminism. She has exhibited her artworks in some of the most reputed venues around the globe such as University of Illinois, Chicago, Raw San Jose, Parallax Art Fair London, the Regional Commission of Arts St Louis, Life Force Arts Chicago, Mindworks Gallery Chesterfield, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Chesterfield Arts, Art World Association, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, MySLART and Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi.”

Dallas’ Art Month Has Arrived

What used to be an art week in April in Dallas has turned into an art month! The entire month of April is now an art month in Dallas which will include the ninth edition of the Dallas Art Fair and many other amazing opportunities. Here is the entire list of the activities for the month.

Jennifer Scripps, the director of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs calls it “an embarrassment of riches.” Here are a few of the best activities.

April 7 – Kipyn Martin will play at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

April 10 – The Mayor’s free Creative Conversation will be at the Dallas City Performance Hall focusing on art, architecture and place-making

April 12 – The Dallas Theater Center will debut Electra

April 14 – Edit Brickell will play the first of three nights of concerts at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff

April 15 – Free Day on the Ron Kirk Bridge

April 22 – three performance of BANDALOOP, the vertical dance group

April 29th – Dallas Book Festival

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