Yesterday afternoon was a beautiful 'perfect day to be outdoors' kind of day and I stopped by an outdoor art show where I knew a few of the exhibitors (plus the person who co-ordinates the show, Dick Buckley, is a friend). There were about a dozen different tents with a variety of mediums from paintings to sculpture, calligraphy to encaustics. The show has grown in size since it began nine years ago, attracting more artists as well as patrons, with the more recent addition of performing artists throughout each day of the show. There is a laid back setting which both exhibiting artists and visiting patrons are able to enjoy.
One of my favorite exhibitors was Sara Ashodian, a mixed media/found objects/encaustic artist that has a gift of creating art out of just about anything! Here she is standing next to one of her newest works, a torched tea ball with chains.
My other favorite artist was Michiko Imai, a calligrapher and painter. She told me she did all the assembling of the actual artwork; creating then mounting her work on the scrolls she made, to even creating her own chops (the seal that represents an artist's signature on their work). I am going to see if I can take one of her workshops because the brushstrokes used in calligraphy compliment the watercolor techniques I continue to study and try to master.
I feel so fortunate that I live in a part of the country where there are so many opportunities for artists to share their work and passion and where patrons respond by supporting and attending events like this.