It was 2 PM when I arrived home after a very hectic short out-of-town trip, my place was a mess, I had several blogs to post, two children's books to format, was beyond tired and a few blocks away the 9th annual Art Around Adams was just starting. I decided to miss the event, stay home, catch up on work and let my body rest....well, after a short nap the artwork called to me and by 5 PM I was out on Adams Avenue!
Art Around Adams is an Annual event dedicated to arts and music, the exhibitions are all located on the sidewalk or inside business all over Adams Ave. starting from Idaho street on North Park, passing through Normal Heights and ending at Biona street in Kensington. There are several points where people can take Free Stand-Up Comedy Trolleys (yeah! you get comedy as you ride!), but its really easy to walk those two miles in a leisurely manner, stopping to eat, drink, listen to music and look at art.
These are some of the cool things I saw:
Electric Giraffe (aka 'Rave Raffe')
This is the coolest thing I've seen, a mechanical walking giraffe! It's 17 feet tall when its neck is raised and its so sturdy people can actually ride on it! It looked so gentle and cute, it's an amazing piece of mechanical engineering. To check out more about it or discover why in the world was it built check their website!
His paintings were displayed over a grassy area and as I checked out his work, one painting caught my eye and didn't let me go until I bought it. Don't know what it's called, but it looks awesome! The interesting part will be where will I place it in my apartment, most of my artwork is either Mexican folk or Goth-like, but I think this multi-colored quilt looking piece will fit right in, just need to figure out where.
|Jeff Donndelinger holding my new painting|
This is a beautiful home turned into a ceramics studio, where potters, sculptors and students get together and create amazing pieces. One thing I immediately felt as I walked in the door and browsed at their ceramic pieces for sale was the sense of tranquility and beauty. I also liked that their prices are not exorbitant, anyone can own an original piece of art. Great place!
I noticed several people with small paintings that looked a lot like the people holding them. Eventually I found the artist responsible for these paintings and had a chance to see him finishing a portrait of the couple sitting in front of him. True DeLorenzo makes the portraits for tips as well as displays his many original paintings. This is an artist I'll be stalking over the next few months, I want several portraits by him!
|A TRUE portrait|
|His Business Card....very cool!|
|A TRUE painting|
Two walls got brand new murals! By the time I checked them out, the artists were just giving final touches. Both look very cool, combining the different artists styles without clashing and can be easily seen from the street.
I think I mentioned something about music, every other block there was a band playing music and people enjoying the performance. I'm a bit weird when it comes to music, if its not metal I won't bother too much with it....so no pics or video of the music side of this event...maybe next time.