At least for me. It seems that every year I attend the Kimball Arts Festival, a lot of the same tired exhibitors show up. Not to say that artists, who have participated for many years, are not special. Its just that I can walk through the event and not see anything fresh. I almost have to drag myself to the event. But I know there will be music, and beer. Oh, and that guy with the metal sculptures that I never tire of.
Regardless of my trepidations, the Kimball Arts Festival is a great way to spend the afternoon. Especially after a ride, when I’ve earned some slack time.
I decided my task would be to identify my three show favorites. Surprisingly, it wasn’t hard.
I paused when I saw the work of Signe & Genna Grushovenko from a couple hundred feet away. I’m a somewhat accomplished magazine art director, so graphic art gets me going. Even from that distance, I was struck. This couple’s oil paintings evoked, in me at least, a better, more simpler time.
Visit grushovenko.com to view more Signe & Genna Grushovenko’s work, and to learn more about the artists.
Next, I happened across the work of Tai Taeoalii. I loved the urban-infused style in western wildlife imagery. I’m also a big Anime fan, and I felt like Taeoalii might have been channeling the master, Hayao Miyazaki, with some of his pieces.
Check out artbytai.com to view more of Tai Taeoalii’s work, and to learn more about the artist.
Finally, I spied the work of Dolan Geiman. His amazing collage art is created by hand-cutting thousands of pieces of vintage paper, and applying the pieces to wood. I once had a roommate who, while not as accomplished as Geiman, was a master with scissors. Geiman’s art brought back some old memories and, like all of my favorites this day, brought on a bit of nostalgia for me.
Go to dolangeiman.com for more art and, especially interesting to me, his process.
Plan on making the Kimball Arts Festival a regular affair. For more on the festival and this year’s artists, go to parkcitykimballartsfestival.org.