Jo and I attended another of the many wonderful arts expositions that come through Chicago each year: this time the American Craft Exposition (ACE) 2013 in Evanston, August 22-25. http://americancraftexpo.org
Although the show can be a bit uneven from year-to-year (in our humble opinions), nevertheless, we are often rewarded by some artists, if not many. The WOW factor of my wanting to possess some of these objects has waned over the years, but that is only due to the increases in my own craft abilities and investigations.
Sorry this post is later than I wanted, but many other wonderful events have held this back until today’s opportunity. So, what follows are the artists who particularly grabbed my attention and touched my soul. Many of them spent their valuable time with us, explaing their work and techniques. Please visit their websites to view their work and artistry.
Christine & Michael Adcock: www.adcockstudios.com -I am always happy when they display at ACE. Their strengths are in ceramic (their Spirit Boxes are a knock-out); but this year Christine’s focus is on basketry. And always, Michael is very approachable for a chat about their work.
The first of several fiber artists featured here is Ann Brauer: www.annbrauer.com -Her use of color gradation is spectacular. You’ll need to visit her site to view her many projects.
Laura Breitman: www.laurabreitman.com -Laura is another artist who reappears at ACE when we are lucky. As she explains it, Laura “is committed to expressing how light interacts with form and the task of fooling the eye. Thousands of pieces of fabric are often contained in each collage.”
Cal-Ling Paperworks has a stunning paper collage booth. Unfortunately, I do not have a working link for her, but she is on Facebook.
Karen Dixon works in kiln-formed glass at www.kdixonglass.com–
The lovely Martha Fieber works in decorative fiber (pun intended?). She is also a joy to talk with. Her website, http://marthafieber.com ,posts: “Original, one-of-a-kind, hand embroidered fine art landscapes. I use traditional hand embroidery techniques and apply them in a new way to create incredibly detailed and layered images of the beautiful world around us.”
I better stop lifting images from the artists sites to show you before I get into trouble; hopefully these are enough to make you visit their websites and see so much more.
Other artists I would like to mention are:
- Karen Gubitz, Decorative Fiber at www.wovenearth.com
- Susan Hill, Decorative Fiber at www.susanhilldesign.com
- Meg Little, Decorative Fiber at www.meglittle.com
- Jennifer McCurdy, Ceramics athttp://jennifermccurdy.com
- J. David Norton, Glass at www.jdavidnorton.com
- Rosella ‘Pat’ Peck, Paper Kimonos at www.imajart.com
- Jon Michael Route, Metal at www.jonmichaelroute.com
- Josh Simpson, Glass at www.megaplanet.com
- Erin Wilson, Quilts at www.erinwilsonquilts.com
- and last, but not least, Jennifer Zurick, Basketry at www.jenniferhellerzurick.com
I only needed my POOH-POOH cards 4 times this year!!! That how good this year’s show was for me.
Another note: This is the 10th year out of 12 that I have attended ACE. In 2001, very few of these artists had web presence – now, it is de riguer. This not only helps to get their work out there for all to see and refer to, but it makes up for all of the past catalogs that rarely display the best of the artist’s outpourings.
Next show coming up will be SOFA (www.sofaexpo.com), Sculptural Objects Functional Art & Design at Navy Pier October 31st – November 3rd. See you there?