|Howard Scott’s funny maps intrigue visitors at the 57th Street Art Fair|
Browsing the 57th Street Art Fair, right in our very own neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, is another one of our family traditions. It’s one of the oldest art fairs in the country (it began in 1948), and is always held the first full weekend in June. Since it’s a juried art fair, the quality of artwork is consistent, and we love discovering new artists or visiting with favorites we have seen before. Following I’m sharing some of the art work that intrigued us, as well as some street scenes to give you a feel for what it was like to be wandering about all this art.
Wait a minute! Cacti don’t grow here? – These metal sculptures by Desert Steel Co. are so realistic, I had to look twice.
My daughter recently wrote a fairy tale involving ravens sitting on poles, so we were stunned to find them so aptly depicted in Glynnis Lessing’s ceramics.
My daughter is a glass fetishist and last year she fell in love with the glass pumpkins by Jack Pine Studio. We were happy to find him exhibiting again. She doesn’t go for these serene white ones though; she prefers purple and blues.
My daughter’s “collection” of Jack Pine’s pumpkins has grown now by the bluish pumpkin on the left.
We both fell in love with the whimsical animal sculptures by Malen Pierson. Turns out he is from northern Utah, where he has enough space to create his sculptures out of scrap metal, but he spends a good deal of his summer hauling them to art fairs around the country.
Now we’re both dreaming of having a pony with a shovel for a hind quarter.
Loved these frames cut from the same trunk by Turning Green.
My daughter buys something from local glass artist Roberta Mezinskas every year and has slowly built a little collection:
Do you detect a theme?