Thursday, March 12, 2009

What is Folk Art?

If you’ve attended past Country Folk Art Festival shows or if you’re planning to attend for the first time this spring, and you’re still not exactly sure what folk art is all about, we invite you to visit the booths of the following incredibly talented artisans and witness folk art in all its glory! Steve Meadows from Palestine, Illinois and Alan & Donna Baker from Chicago, offer some of the most imaginative folk art creations you’re likely to see! Steve takes ordinary, everyday items and transforms them into fascinating folk art forms. Alan & Donna Baker take folk art gourd-making to a whole new level, creating whimsical people of all shapes and styles that are sure to bring a smile to your face!

If woodcarvings are your thing, we’ll be presenting a long list of the finest, award-winning individuals, all of whom have been featured in the leading decorating magazines as the best in the business! Anthony Costanza will bring his ever-popular angels as well as historical figures and holiday-themed carvings. Vernon DePauw will be offering his fabulous carved eagles, many in the shape of the extremely “hot” Bellamy eagles that are so coveted by today’s antique collectors. Ed Pribyl of New Traditions Woodworks will present some wonderful carvings from America’s past including a new offering of Abe Lincoln, as well as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin plus many other fun characters. Also exhibiting will be Richard Kowal who will be showing his bird and fish carvings along with a new offering of carved roosters.

Textiles will also have a strong presence with Carole Collins, Lady of the Lake presenting her popular hand-quilted doll quilts and her husband, Hank’s folky hooked rugs. Joining Carole will be Jain Faries Robertson with her delightful hand-woven coverlets, place mats and runners. Virginia Bruns of Ginger Babies will offer her popular Victorian needlework, rag dolls, and summer bedspreads.

Have an antique chair without a seat? Bring your chair or a photo and show it to one of our newest show exhibitors, Bill and Bridget Morse of Seat Weavers. Bill will do many different types of seat replacement including cane, and rush. He will demonstrate his seat-weaving technique in his booth.

Looking for a floor covering other than a rug? You’ll want to visit the booth of Turkey Trot Workshops and see Rebecca Phillips selection of decorative floorcloths, made in the style of the originals that were produced 150 to 200 years ago. Floorcloths wear like iron, are easy to keep clean, and add a delightful touch to any room in the house that’s done in traditional or contemporary décor. Rebecca will also be bringing penny rugs and stenciled boxes.

We hope to see you at the spring Country Folk Art Festival on March 20, 21, & 22, at the new Kane County Fairgrounds Convention Center in St. Charles, Illinois. Keep watch for more “blogs.”

Judy & Lee Marks

Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring is in the Air

Another snow storm came through today, and as I gazed out the window and saw how beautiful it looked, it reminded me of the wonderfully charming, classic New England winter scenes that Will Moses has painted over the years. Will has truly inherited the “knack” of interpreting the scenic beauty of New England from his great-grandmother, Grandma Moses. Galarina Folk Arts will present Will’s prints, books, and original paintings at our spring show, as they have for the past 27 years!

We’re privileged to have two of the finest potters in the country joining us at our spring show. We’re excited to have Sue Skinner and Joe Jostes of SJ Pottery returning to our show with their outstanding selection of redware and salt-glazed stoneware pottery. And Joe and Deb Huntley of Wisconsin Pottery will present their redware, sgraffito, and stoneware pots, many with “spring” themes. Traditional American pottery, made in the same style as when it was originally produced 150 to 200 years ago is one of the great decorator items to be found at the Country Folk Art Festival. Pottery, whether a single piece or as a grouping of multiple pieces, looks absolutely great on a cupboard, dry sink, bucket bench or garden shelf in virtually any room in the house.

A traditional favorite, Trudy Close and Mike Naylor of Trudy’s Folk Art will offer their ever-popular dried florals and folk art, plus a surprise or two from Mike who always manages to find some incredibly fascinating original antiques to enhance their booth display.

In the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Maria Pfropper was commissioned by The Chicago Public Library to produce an original folk art montage painting featuring various historic events connected with his presidency. Click here to view the image. And click here to read the press release. Maria will be bringing a limited number of prints of this painting to the show.

Rugs, rugs, everyone needs rugs! Three of the nation’s finest rug-makers will be returning to our spring show. Judy Robinson’s Country Textiles from Ohio will present her wonderful hand-crafted rugs, a perfect fit for any room in the house, whether done in traditional or contemporary décor. Judy will be bringing her spinning wheel to the show to demonstrate her techniques. Joining Judy will be the renowned Wisconsin Hooker (rug-hooker, that is) Peggy Teich. Peggy’s charming and folky hooked rugs are an absolute delight for people who collect antiques and American folk art. And last but certainly not least is Barbara Kemp of Hooked on Rugs, offering a wondrous selection of punch needle rugs and kits, whose vast selection of traditional designs make outstanding accent pieces!

You won’t want to miss this amazing gathering of award-winning artisans and craftsmen at our spring Country Folk Art Festival on March 20, 21, and 22 at the new Kane County Fairgrounds Convention Center in St. Charles, Illinois. Stay tuned for upcoming “blogs.”

Judy & Lee Marks