Report on the 38th Good Old Summertime Art Fair

The Kenosha Good Old Summertime Art Fair was a wonderful success. The day started wet and stayed pretty cold, but the venders and artists and craftspeople stuck it out as did the visitors. I had a great time meeting the artists and learning about their work. Some of the award photos ended up being taken on my phone and the spirit of the day comes through in them.

This man and his wife had yard flowers and fountains made out of thrift store china cups and saucers and fancy crystal serving dishes. Their work was whimsical, subtle and poetic.

This man and his wife make yard flowers and fountains from of thrift store china cups, festive serving dishes, kitchen canisters and other little chotsky. Their work was whimsical, subtle and poetic. Pat Koesser of Kenosha Art Association and I delivered the awards of excellence!

Wilfred Fang makes his own colorful paper from pulp and then constructs delightful constructions out of it.  You see some in the background here.

Wilfred Fang makes his own paper from pulp and forms it into colorful shallow 3-D constructions . You see some in these background here. Fang has been the grand prize winner in the past and his booth was crowded with customers all day.

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Weaver working with cast off materials. Her husband does the weaving and is blind. We talked about the importance of designing the rugs instead of just random weaving.

Weaver working with cast off materials. She told me her husband does the weaving and is blind. We talked about the importance of designing the rugs instead of simply randomly weaving scraps.

Woodworker gets second prize in crafts. He pulled out his "first" place from last year as we walked up!

Woodworker gets second prize in crafts. You can see his amazing bowls. As Pat and I walked up, he jokingly pulled out of his register the “first” place ribbon he received last year.

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Beth Cumbo got the Best of Show honor.

Beth Cumbo got the Best of Show honor.

Beth Cumbo, Heading Home.

Beth Cumbo, Heading Home.

I  like the way Cumbo’s dynamic metallic lines are constrained in the silhouettes of the running horses in her Heading Home (above). These horses remind me of those on the Parthenon frieze. She creates an activated horizontal with the shapes of the animals and sandwiches it in between  other horizontals bands that make up the composition, which is understated yet enlivened by controlled tension.

The music played all afternoon, and was acoustic but more  indie than folk. Kai Andersen, playing with Shaun Fishman and Shane Madsen, was most memorable with  familiar covers but mainly original tunes.  Click to hear a tune by Kai Andersen: reverberation.com

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Music played all afternoon. All acoustic and more indie than fold. Kai Andersen' was most memorable  - I would check this guy out.

Kai Andersen

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SAMSUNGIt’s unfortunate that Racine and Kenosha regularly have their summer art fairs on the same day. It would be a great idea if they could bring themselves to coordinate and do them on different weekends next year. Come on you guys–you do “get behind the arts” together, can’t you talk to each other about this schedule?

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

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