I had some time to get away today and check out the Madison Art on the Square event. This annual event is organized and run by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The entire downtown square is filled with vendors that come from all over the country, food stands and refreshments invite guests at every corner and side street. All forms of artwork is represented: wood crafts, pottery, jewelry, glass blowing, metal sculpting, paintings, drawings, photos, photos, and more photos. Did I mention the photography arts were well represented?
There were vendors specializing in Western themed photos, some that mixed world travels, others that were surreal, and even a booth that featured massive photos of underwater coral. This was very vivid indeed! I was mostly impressed with these artists. After all they come in from all over the country and have to haul all of their massive prints to downtown Madison, set up and man the tent in the heat and sometimes rain. The prices on some of these pieces were over $3000! Given all the cost associated with this, I can understand why.
Overall, my trip to Art on the Square did recharge my artistic batteries a bit. I tried to get a card from all of the artists that I found impressive and I am going to pass links to them right here for anyone else interested in checking out their work.
Rudolph De Ram, De Ram Photography
Karina Hergo, Karina Hergo
Ed Myers, www.lionoptic.com
Lijah Hanley, www.LijaHanley.com
Xavier Nuez, Xavier Nuez Contemporary Photography
As I said, there were certainly more artists that I found inspiring but not everyone had a card out on display. Speaking of displays, you'll notice that this blog post does not contain any photos of the booths. Photographers generally do not allow others to take pictures of their art pieces. I feel the same way--and I left my camera phone in my pocket.
For those that are looking for an update on the 105.9 The Hog Rock Girl Calendar, I finished handing the final photos off to the printer. The official release party will be at Sneakers Bar and Grill in Janesville this Thursday evening. The Rock Girls will be on hand to sign your copy of the calendar! See you there!