Trip down to Lakefront Festival of Arts, Take 2. (Take 1 was aborted due to raindrips)
Around noon, I was going to set out for the Lakefront Festival of Arts. For those not familiar, the LFA is an annual event in Milwaukee, WI that draws artists from all over the US. I noted artists from Cali and Florida and numerous states in between.
I took my time on the walk from the house to the Milwaukee Art Museum grounds where the festival was being held. Along the way I snapped a couple things that gave me ideas for my own art.
At one point, I sat down for a brief rest (I know when to listen to my ankles and give them a rest). One guy was taking his pet lizard for a walk. A number of people out walking their dogs strolled past. Two adorable little Chihuahuas came up to sniff my fingers and get petted while I sat there. After a brief rest, I was ready to finish the walk to the LFA.
Walk up to the gate, pay the entrance fee, get a wristband (rapidly replacing hand stamps in many venues) and a program. Then it’s into the shade of the large marquis tents housing the exhibitors.
Oil paintings, jewelry, fiber artists, wood artists, ceramics, metal, porcelain, paper and mixed media of every sort. People from all walks of life browsing, chatting with the artists who created the work. Trying to stop at every single booth was not on my mind this year. I only wanted to pause at those artists whose work really inspired or spoke to me in some way.
The first thing I saw as I entered the shade of the tents was Sarmite Wearable Art. Geometrics and designs in bold colors and combinations. I saw a few things that would do very nicely for Steampunk.
As I meandered through the tents, other shops caught my eye. Mikel Robinson’s vintage style work gave me some ideas for the gears and cogs that I have accumulated from the deconstruction of 3 IBM Selectric typewriters.
David Burton’s 3D Mixed Media used a number of recognizable icons of comics, film and TV to create interesting murals in matte black. Some pieces have old time kitchen implements worked into them. One mural had a unique spot of color – the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. Stood out in a very playful way against the matte black.
Who knew that cut paper could create such ethereal and fanciful images? I’ve never seen paper art of this sort before, so I stopped for a few minutes to chat with the artist, Carol Menninga, as she knit a sweater while watching her space. She told me she folds the paper and scissor cuts it to form the intricate shapes shown in her booth.
There are a number of shops where I lingered, admiring the workmanship and creativity displayed. One of the most impressive was Unzicker Design. She works in fine chain mail style garments and accessories decorated with beads and other embellishments. Seeing what she had done has inspired me to pick up pliers and start knitting again.