October 11th was the Threefoot Arts Festival downtown, so I scooted into town with my husband, armed with a bit of cash and an excited spirit. I love art shows… going to them, being in them, shopping at them. I don’t love $1 stretchy bracelets, bags of M&Ms labeled “grumpy pills”, and kitschy polymer clay “sculptures.”
Even though there were relatively few artists (compared to what? I guess compared to my expectations), it was great and I’m so glad I went!
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. My absolute favorite artist at the show. I came home with one of his paintings (gorgeous… I’ll have to post a photo of it when we decide where to hang it). His name is Ron Roland and he works in acrylic impasto on birch panels. He is from New Orleans and now lives in Pensacola, FL. I can’t believe I didn’t run into him at any shows when we lived there!
From his artist statement, he says about his latest series, “I want my paintings to evoke participation. In the Treescape series, I want the viewer to be plunged into the scene by the simple act of viewing. He or she should be compelled and propelled into the painting by the colors and shapes themselves . . . . ” He definitely achieved his goal with me. When I saw his booth, I audibly gasped. Now, I’m not a huge fan of landscapes in general, but he DOES what I LIKE. And in each painting, the little house just completes the scene. It makes me feel like I’m there, going home.
His bright colors are surprisingly not overwhelming, and it’s easy to stare at his paintings for a long time because his lines and shapes lead your eye over the whole thing. His use of thirds (I’m not sure if that’s the “right” word for it… but a lot of his canvasses are divided in thirds vertically, with different horizons, tree lines, etc) and odd numbers creates, for me anyway, a great sense of balance and stability. I love his work. Even if Ron Roland were the only artist at the show, it would’ve been worth the trip.
2. Another artist whose work caught my eye was Charles Crossley. His work depicts the vibrancy and exuberance of American Life, especially in the south. If you take a look at his “subjective abstract” you can see several of his works. I particularly like Coming Together, Living in America, and High Rollers.
3. Robert M. Holleman creates functional pottery with great shapes and free-form glazing. I loved the swirls of glaze on some of his pieces, and the bold stripes on others. I also particularly liked his bottle-shaped pieces, which unfortunately aren’t in this picture. (They were to the left on a shelf).
4. Steve Windham of Windham’s Woodworks was also exhibiting in style. I love his turned wooden bowls and his wooden spoons and spatulas!
5. I don’t know what it is about wood as a medium, but I love it… maybe it’s its warmth. Another wood artist, Jesse Flowers, had fantastic wood-inlay turned bowls. I wanted to take them all home with me! (Unfortunately, his website doesn’t seem to be working, otherwise I’d have linked to it.)