Art Festival

Apr 10, 2017 by Niki Kinkade in  Uncategorized

GABBF – All For Art And Art For All!

Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip once said “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Our GABBF’s fearless leader, Niki Kinkade and her band of GABBF merrymakers, came up with this germ of a creative idea almost two years ago, and this year we’re excited to feature eighteen artists whose work ranges from photography to jewelry to painting to print-making to sculpture to woodworking! The Great American Art Festival is certainly a keeper and back for its second year! Over the next couple of months leading up to the Festival we’ll feature information about the artists and their artwork! We hope to peak your curiosity and inspire you to stroll through their booths. The diversity of their work, subject matter and medium promises to intrigue both art and music lovers. Whether you’re looking for that perfect piece that will help you remember this year’s Great American Brass Band Festival, a special gift for a loved-one or for yourself, or you just need to stretch your legs from sitting at on the lawn listening to the wonderful GABBF musical acts – this year’s artist’s won’t disappoint! So join us starting Saturday immediately following the parade and again on Sunday for the Great American Art Show set up along College St. You can still hear the music while you browse our outstanding local and regional artists! Check back here for additional information on our artists and their work!  Click here for more details.

GABBF – All For Art And Art For All!

Apr 18, 2017

Did you know that the Great America Brass Band Festival is much more than music on the main stage? You probably have experienced some of those events: the Great American Swing Dance Fest, Saturday’s children’s activities, and certainly the Saturday morning parade. Another part of the Festival is the Great American Art Festival – why visual art at a music festival? Simply put, the organizers believe in art, all types of art, and having a juried art festival makes the art festival a fuller, richer experience. So whether you might be interested in purchasing a piece of art or simply need to stretch your legs, make your way to College Street alongside the Norton Center for the Arts to experience the 18 artists who will be exhibiting and selling their artwork. You might have a conversation with local Danville artist Paul Muth, who works in clay and runs a local studio, https://www.facebook.com/SugarGrovePottery/. While you’re there stop and see June Pryer, http://www.facebook.com./jandjartsbyjunepryor, a self-taught painter who is inspired by the beauty she sees around her. If you or your special someone is craving wearable artwork, Kelli Clark, who hails from Clarksville IN, will be there with her one-of-a-kind earrings, bracelets and necklaces, http://www.jewelrybykelli.com/. Troy Glasgow will be visiting from Memphis TN, with his unique photography the focuses your eyes on people, places, music, food, and life, http://www.troyglasgow.com/. Visual Art can leave you asking questions as you experience the world through the artist’s interpretation of beauty, life, form and function. Our artists love to converse, love to hear your perspective, and just plain love art! Take a walk over to their booths; you may find yourself coming back more than once as you experience yet another side of the Great American Brass Band Festival!

All for Arts and Art for All!

May 14, 2017

Last month I had the unique experience of visiting the home of a collector of contemporary art. The collection brought beauty and meaning to their home. Through conversations with the owners I began to understanding how the artwork brought beauty, meaning and value to their lives. Visiting the collection put us in the position of viewing artwork in someone’s home and the meaning it can have there, which is much more personal than viewing artwork in a museum. It was part of an arts education conference I was privileged to attend. I found myself engaging with the experience long after the visit, throughout the conference and later as I contemplated the meaning of art in our lives, the lives of our students and in our local and global communities.

Collecting artwork, for both display and function in one’s home has as many meanings as there are collectors. Some of us might have a piece or two and not even really consider ourselves collectors. Some of us have made the conscious choice to follow a particular artist, type of artwork, or historical period of art. Choosing artwork is personal and often emotional. The artwork might connect us with a memory, a person or time in our lives that we want to remember. We might choose a work of art because it brightens our surroundings or makes our home a lovelier place to be. It might be a wearable piece of artwork or something we can sit on, or eat or drink from.

The artists chosen for the Great American Art Festival will be displaying works of art that speak to that need for beauty, diversity and meaning that we want in our surroundings. Today, and in my next post I’ll feature the remaining artists chosen specifically for this year’s Festival, http://www.gabbf.org/festival-visual-artists/. As with anyone making a purchase of a piece of artwork the deciding factor is you, what has meaning and beauty for you. How can artwork express a part of your life, and bring thoughtfulness and understanding to your world.

Susan Black is a local photographer living in Lancaster who sees her world through the lens of a camera. She had always dreamed of becoming a photojournalist and now her photography is both her avocation and vocation. Susan’s photography takes great joy in the natural surroundings of Kentucky and her lens picks out the small details of environments, http://susanblackphotography.zenfolio.com/. Jeremy Ashcroft, from Logansport AL via Indiana, also works in photography and mixed media. His favorite subject matter is “Found Art” and is finds himself drawn to rustic everyday items that often go unnoticed until a photographers lens draws those details to our attention, http://www.jeremyashcraft.artspan.com/home. Painter Brendan Cody, describes his work as Contemporary Realism, working with bright color and bold composition. In his artwork Brendan hopes seeks to reveal a subject’s inner workings through exploration of their outward aspects, http://brendancody.wixsite.com/brendancody. Artist Stacy Chinn creates wearable works of art through her jewelry designs. Stacy is inspired by the “rustic beauty of the Bluegrass” producing jewelry and more in her studio/store in Lexington, MADEKY, http://www.madeky.com/index.html. Kris Grenier, is a fiber artist and adventurer who call Cynthiana, KY home. In her studio, she captures her favorite backpacking and peakbagging in her wool “paintings”, https://wanderstruckstudio.com/. Through her artwork, she seeks to make images from her travels tangible. Danville and Garrard County Artist Brandon Long is a multi-media and multidisciplinary artist whose works spans collage, instrument making, murals, sculpture making and more. One of his most recent exhibits “Recycling” featured recycled assemblage artworks, https://artofbrandonlong.wordpress.com/.

How does art speak to you?