Remember how I love original art?
Well, it goes without saying that I love a good Art’s Festival, and it just so happened that we were in Utah for the weekend of Park City’s best! Saturday afternoon the weather was beautiful, and we headed up with Dave’s dad and sister to ooh and ahh over the amazing original art all brought together on Main Street.
Here’s some highlights of the things I loved (and would have in my home should my budget be more flexible):
Wooden Kitchen Utensils by Richard McCollum. Amazing. I wanted one of each, but if I had to choose, I might go for the flat spatula with this perfect little notch for setting on the side of the pan when not stirring.
Muted color paintings by Katrina Berg. I immediately was drawn to the beautiful colors in these fantastic interiors. I love a cool chair, and that white and blue with the green wall would be smashing in my living room, without taking up an inch of floorspace!
These interiors were beautifully balanced and interesting. Made me want to take another look around my home to see what I could add (or take away) to improve the chi.
This one made me say “Oh my. I love that. Dave, find out how much it costs.” He did. And if I had $5500 in my art budget, it would be going to Sang Choi for this 60×40 “Buffalo”. It would be like having Utah in my home wherever my home may be:)
Milo looked pretty good in orange snakeskin by Brittain Roberts.
This was another “Oh my” moment. The rest of Tayna Doskova‘s whimsical paintings were fantastic, but not my aesthetic. “Mother,” however, would have a place on my wall any day. Love.
Typical that I didn’t grab a card at this booth, so I’ve no artist reference. But Dave loved this modern piece. I do too.
Incredible handmade books by Mychal Mitchell of Iona Handcrafted Books. I loved this display, and want one of these to journal my next big adventure.
These wooden watches by Juan Barreneche of Mistura were crazy! Juan himself was super friendly and tried one on Milo (it was a little too big). It was much cooler than the little plastic Hot Wheels watch I got him last week:)
Ouida Touchón‘s booth was full of fantastic woodcut print collages that stopped me in my tracks. Since I began to letterpress, anything done in the field of printmaking is so interesting to me. She was very nice (even after I started to take a photo of her work without permission…tsk tsk) and showed me one of her woodcut plates.
Up close, she showed me how each piece was actually a collage of tissue and paper in varying colors, with the woodcut printed in ink on top. I love the ingenuity of the process, and the resulting art! I could use one of those citrus or pomegranate pieces in my kitchen about now.
It’s very hard to choose. But I think if I could have taken home one piece from the show, free of charge, I would have taken this boat by Danny Chu (who unfortunately seems not to have a website.) I think it would bring serenity into whatever space it was hung. I could use a little of that!
I was in awe of the most beautiful wooden canoes on the planet, made by Tim Mahoney. I can’t wait to have a cabin on a lake with a dock and a few spare thousands so I can buy one of these beauties for Dave to take me out picnicking on the water. One day.
Okay. I love the chair and the buffalo and the citrus and the boat…but how cool is that tiny fan by Erin Berrett? In fact, I love all of her work. Wouldn’t a little pile of Bit-O-Honey be adorable in a nursery? Man, what inspiration! The wandering was wonderful. It makes me excited to continue collecting art for my home.
Of course, all of that walking worked up an appetite. We hit up an old fave, The Eating Establishment. I can’t go without eating a piece of their fabulous beer bread, though this time I got it randomly on the side with my halibut tacos.
Eliot ate, too. Then he snoozed cozily on Grandpa’s chest while Grandpa happily ate with one hand, enjoying the snuggle time.
We had a great time.
And I think I need to start a little art piggy bank…