Cruddy weather today, folks. But it turns out I have an unexpected day off, so I’m milking this weather and being lazy allll day today. Chyeah. So far I’ve watched about 3 episodes of NatGeo concerning lions – they’re so intense, and it really makes me want to go to the Serengeti.
Anyway, I’m taking advantage of having nothing to do and thus getting caught up on my blog. Oh! I started a new column at Dig Boston too, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m still doing the Coffeehouse Chronicles of course, but this new column is focusing on unique hobbies. I did the first installment about hula hooping (read it here) and it’s gotten a good about of likes on the website, which makes me feel pretty satisfied. Now, I’m working on ideas for what I want to do for the rest of them. I’m hoping I can score an interview with some guy who runs some group involving Battlebots. If y’all have any ideas for fun hobbies I should cover, feel free to share.
I digress. I finally gathered up all the business cards I scooped from the Wickford Art Festival, and since I promised I would share all the info with you guys, here they are! I strongly encourage that you check out their work, I only collected the awesome ones, and not to toot my own horn or anything… but I think I have pretty good taste when it comes to art. So yeah, enjoy!
Note: I’m going to put the names with websites and a blurb below, then in the previous post you will find a gallery with a picture of the artists business cards, and a picture of their work. For the time being, I’m going to upload about half. There’s a shitton of cards I collected, and I frankly just don’t feel like doing them all right now.
April Quast: “April Quast is an emerging artist from Glastonbury, CT that seeks to share her passion for color, movement dance and yoga with the world.”
Mark Dirrigl: This guy makes these super cool mini guitars made out of household products, as well as some pretty fresh paintings.
Melanie LaMountain: “They range from portraying idyllic scenery in traditional composition to the abstract and surreal, from the classic portrait to the interpretive self-portrait. My work as a freelance photographer has been in the area of fine art, environmental portraiture, event, product and wedding photography. ”
Erik Olsen: This guy is an artist and does metal sculptures.
Dick & Judy Beaupre: “We create animals, birds, reptiles and tropical plants out of various parts of palm trees. Each of our actual pieces is an original work of art. The base is created using the boot ends of palm fronds (branches), mostly from Queen Palms. Each piece is crafted by cutting and assembling the shapes, then hand-painting each one.”
Adam W. Latham: “He has also scanned slides of his older work and has experimented with manipulating Polaroid images by hand. Adam is a landscape architect and owner of The Howland & Higgins Company located in Rehoboth, MA.”
Tracy Lizotte: “All the ideas for my artwork come from the day to day life around me. I am utterly inspired by children, animals, and color and patterns found in nature. Everything I paint has a story behind it, some quite funny.”
John & Carolyn Burr: “Reverse-acrylic..the work begins with a clear acrylic sheet. The acrylic paint is put on one side, knowing that what is laid down will be seen from the other side. The final painting is then varnished on the back to protect the painting. The painting is then turned over for the completed image.”
Randy Colbath: “Randy Colbath is a Maine born sculptor who utilizes found and salvaged wood as well as stone and metal in his work. He derives inspiration from the unique properties of each piece of wood he approaches, forming its imperfections and quirks into prominent features of his completed pieces.”
Caryn King: “Paintings of animals from farms to fields”
Christian Rubeck: “In 1985 an elective Sculpture class in college ignited a fire in me. After that introduction, Interior Design seemed dull and mundane enough to prompt a Major change. The first “found objects” were pulled from Richmond, Virginia’s alleys, mainly because they were easily accessible and more importantly, free. One of my first pieces titled “Love seat” started with a discarded restaurant booth.”
Kim Ellery: Self-employed artist from my home town of East Greenwich.
Katie Wilson: “Her mixed media paintings have an abstract quality which is partly achieved by her bold brushwork that retains a certain softness and through the collage lending itself to make abstract passages in the paintings. Katie’s choice of palette tends to give her work an atmospheric and serene feel. Her work has been described as solemn, wistful and haunting.”