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.
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!
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/new/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!