I can't believe the Art Fair starts tomorrow! Normally, in my former life, I'd be feeling chained to my office desk, filled with anticipatory agitation, akin to the small town olde timey "circus is coming!" I tried my best to work on Tuesday, knowing that my concentration level would plummet by Wednesday morning. And, depending on my work location, music I rarely wanted to hear would be reverberating through our office walls, further decimating productivity.
But not this year! No agitating another day, because the reporting data I need is in process, no SPSS crashing or powerpoint going all wackadoo on a once properly appointed chart! No passive aggressive communications around shared kitchen areas, or group chastenings due to misbehavior of a few... But also true: the day is dominated by simple, sing-song narratives about life basics (diapers, walking, birdsong); and daily happiness pivots on the satisfaction of one teeny, tiny person. And while the house is a bit isolated, the production level of physically leaving said isolation behind is something I am still coming to terms with. Right now, the deck door is open to the rain; and the dumpling has succumbed to a nap in the darkened living room.
Time for a quick glance at the artists of the State Street Art Fair ! The jig is up whenever she discovers Mom is no longer holding her, so anybody's guess how long this post will be. Site niggle: I will say it'll be a bit shorter than I'd like, what with the unfriendly website navigation -- while every artist name (300 of them) in the alphabetical artist list is clickable, there's no image next to these names to entice site viewers, or to differentiate one name from the next at this page level -- you need to click into each individually to learn more. which means lots of people fall off at that page, rather than clicking forward or back. You may think that's a nothing complaint, but it's basic online knowledge that any time you ask people to click to another page, you lose a portion of your readership. So you MUST provide incentive. Grr. All artists by medium is slightly better. The Original's artist directory is a lot friendlier...
On that tip, printmaker Johanna Mueller was a name I recognized, so I bothered to click through. Last year when I stopped in her booth, she was on the verge of moving from Colorado to Austin, TX and opening her own gallery. Looks like she did it! See also: pinterest account here. Booth 332.
FB page has been posting artists across the four fairs ("25 artists in 25 days"), so there's a little more to be had here. About as random as my posts have been, but with more photos and info... The rock n' play is creaking in time with Dumpling's full-body protests (back ARCH! back ARCH!); she is aggravated or hungry or both -- either way, she is ready for something different. Tomorrow I shall run off to the art fair (/away to join the circus); today we have very hungry caterpillars and swooshing through the air.