Monday, October 03, 2016

The Art Market at Jordan Creek

This weekend, October 8 & 9, the new Art Market at Jordan Creek will have it's first show. Although the art exhibition is new it promises to be diverse and engaging. There will be nearly 200 artists and crafters showing everything from oil paintings to drawings, from fiber works to metalwork to photography, printmaking, jewelry and more. When I spoke with the organizer a few weeks ago, she mentioned that my application for this year's show was the first that the Art Market received in its short history. I'm not certain where my particular booth will be as yet, but the setting is at the lake in Jordan Creek, a pretty spot for an autumn show. So if you're interested in art, crafts, or simply looking for a anafternoon's diverson this Saturday or Sunday, come out to the Jordan Creek Town Center this weekend. We'd love to meet you and talk art.

The majority of the work I'll be showing is cityscapes and figures. Here are three:

"No Cabs," oil, 20x16

This one was inspired by an experience in New York City. When it rains, it's as if every taxi in town has run for shelter. Many have gone begging for cabs in a sudden downpour and found themselves frustrated, awfully wet, and trudging to their destination. Pat and I walked from SoHo to E. 63rd in a driving rain to keep an appointment, and this is a kind of homage to that.

"Open (Positively Fourth Street)," oil, 16x24

A well-known street in Des Moines where millennials and boomers congregate, Fourth Street is home to a number of interesting establishments. The most prominent is Java Joes, a funky coffee establishment that features live music. I was interested in the way the sky reflects from the second floor windows in this view, and the interaction of the various figures.

"Outside the Brewpub," oil, 18x24
The Court Avenue Brewing Company is a well-known watering hole in the Des Moines entertainment district on Court Avenue, just south of downtown. I was attracted by the red-green color scheme and the enormous umbrellas. You can see one of the giant brewing vats through the left window.

To browse more examples of my work, check out my public page on Artwork Archive
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