With Brass Band right around the corner and the weather (fingers crossed) looking good, let’s take a look at some of the remaining artists and their artwork. Soon, you’ll have more than just my words illustrating their work, their themes and what they hope to express! You’ll have their artwork, which will surely speak more brilliantly than my descriptions.
Clay Thurston, http://www.gabbf.org/speaker/clay-thurston/, has literally traveled the world as a wildlife and nature photographer for the past 30 years. His booth at the Great American Art Festival will let you travel with him from the comfort of Danville KY. We hope you take the time to visit and view his artwork. His current favorite subject matter is birds, but he’ll have a little bit of everything in his booth. Fawn Greer owns Dewdrop Pottery, https://www.facebook.com/pg/Dewdropartmudlovin/about/?ref=page_internal, and joins us from her home and studio in Corbin, KY. She crafts handmade items of beauty and function including apple backers, pitchers, mugs, and lemon juicers! As with many of our artists fill free to talk with her about custom orders. As a theatre artist, I am more than used to collaborating on artistic projects, but when I saw that Sara and Brian Turner would be exhibiting at the Art Show, I was intrigued. The artist duo has owned and operated Cricket Press since 2003 and will be sharing their printmaking with us at the Brass Band Festival, http://www.cricket-press.com/. Brad Bickel is a jewelry artist working in glass creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. He creates a special texture in the glass that mimics stone veins. Take a moment to look at his Facebook page to see the process described, https://www.facebook.com/bradbickelglass/. Have you ever considered furniture as artwork? If you haven’t, now might be the time. Darin Caldwell, who grew up right here in Boyle County, will be joining us. Darin sees the beauty in wood and seeks to highlight that beauty in each piece he designs, http://www.darincaldwelldesign.com/.
As an arts educator for almost 25 years, how and why people make art fascinates me. Why this medium, what that subject matter, what are you expressing? I’m also often amazed at how artwork is used to celebrate important life moments – special songs are written for graduation ceremonies, decorations become artwork at weddings and the structure of special ceremonies is choreographed to emphasize certain essential moments. It’s been a pleasure looking through these artist’s work and sharing a bit about their work with you. There are a few more artists to highlight before the Brass Band Festival begins! Looking forward to sharing them with you and to seeing you at the GABBF!