At the Threefoot Arts Festival in November 2008, I discovered some great artists, including Charles Crossley, Robert Holleman, and Windham’s Woodworks who all returned for the Spring show this April. But this time there were a couple new artists worth mentioning!
First of all… gorgeous day, good crowd, and lots of booths. There was a cultural section for children to learn about different parts of the country/world and complete different craft projects, which was pretty cool. I didn’t check out the food because I’m sure it would’ve been too tempting…
My favorite artist present was Maurice Cook (who unfortunately doesn’t have a website for me to link to) of Odd Job Art. He’s from Birmingham, AL and does art shows all over the southeast. He depicts everyday scenes from Southern life in bright colors and his paintings really drew me in.
I wish I could afford to take home one of his original works, but instead I settled for buying a greeting card, which I framed and hung in the kitchen. It makes me so happy to see it hanging there so cheerily!
It was really cool to come by an hour later and see how much progress he had made on his painting.
Another notable artist at the show was “Pottery by Helene” who is also without a website. Helene is an award-winning pottery artist from Booneville, MS. If you happen to live near her studio, you’re a lucky duck because she also teaches classes in pottery and silversmithing.
I loved the colors she used in her work! She described them as being “like the Earth warmed by the sun” which I think is a great way to put it. Her pottery has really refined, yet still organic, shapes. Very cool… I took home a little tiny vase which is now sitting on my dining room table and occasionally displays dandelions or clover flowers my preschoolers pick for me.