I’ll be at the Lewiston Art Festival this weekend — come visit!
If you haven’t been there, Lewiston is located just past Niagara Falls, NY. Take I-190 past Niagara Falls, exit at the Lewiston exit and follow the signs for Art Park.
I’m happy to say that I’ll be exhibiting at two of Ohio’s best summer shows this summer: the Boston Mills Art Festival and the Cain Park Art Festival. Both are short drive from the cities of Cleveland and Akron.
Here a little bit of information about the shows:
Boston Mills, June 28-30. I’m in the West Tent, Space #73 http://bmbw.com/boston_mills_artfest.html
Cain Park, July 12-14 . Space #135 http://www.cainpark.com/index.aspx?page=676
I hope to see you there!
Here’s a link to my 2013 Show Schedule, as it stands right now: http://alisonekurek.com/?page_id=796
My first big show of the year, the 56th Allentown Art Festival was held on June 8th and 9th of this year. It started out on a soggy note, but a perfect blue sky Sunday was sandwiched in between a string of chilly, rainy days. The show was mobbed on Sunday, and even in the rain, attendance on Saturday was good.
Allentown is my hometown show, so, unlike most of the festivals I participate in, I have memories of it that pre-date my days as an exhibitor.
My earliest memories of the show include wandering through the streets with my girlfriends, amazed by all of the artwork, leather goods and jewelry – (so much silver, turquoise and sandstone in those days 🙂 – and thinking what a strange, magical place it seemed to be. Most of those long ago memories are hazy, but one stands out as bright and clear as if happened yesterday. For a number of years there was a tall man, dressed in white pants, a blue polo shirt and a captain’s hat, standing in front of a very large, color photograph propped on a easel. “Do you know what this is?”, he would ask passersby, “…this is bovine urea….. do you know what that is?” I had never before seen bovine urea through a microscope and enlarged exponentially, and remember it was bright, colorful and quite beautiful, albeit in a creepy sort of way 🙂
Now, many years removed from my street wandering, turquoise wearing days, I am the person offering bright, colorful artwork to the bustling crowds. Over the years my work has shifted from hand-colored black and white photography, to stoneware masks, to my current mixed media creations which incorporate acrylic paint and polymer clay. My artwork draws people in, makes them point, comment and smile.
Perhaps, many years from now, another artist will be writing about the bright, colorful artwork she saw at a long ago show. I want that to happen, I think it’s a good thing! But she’ll have to find something other than a captain’s hat and cow pee to rest her memories on.
Upcoming Shows for 2013
June 28th, 29th and 30th Boston Mills Art Festival, Peninsula, Ohio
July 6th, West Hazeltine Street Sale, Kenmore, NY: once a year I drag out all of my dent and scratch, what-was-I-thinking, never-take-to-an-art-show pieces and offer them at reduced prices. My studio space will be open for viewing as well.
July 12th, 13th & 14th Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland Heights,Ohio
* Tentative* July 26th, Ithaca Artists Market at Steamboat Landing, Ithaca, New York
July 27th & 28th, Glen Park Art Festival, Williamsville, NY : a selection of my work will be represented by Village Artisans
August 10th & 11th, Lewiston Art Festival, Lewiston, New York
August 24th & 25th Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Buffalo, NY
* Tentative* Mid-September, Music is Art Festival, Buffalo, NY
October 12th,13th & 14th, Letchworth Arts & Crafts Fest, Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY
November 15th &16th, Maddie’s Pet Rescue Pet Expo, Hamburg Fair Grounds, Hamburg, NY
Find Me Online at:
You can find my work online at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilentMyloStudio
And daily updates at: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistAlisonEKurek
Or not, as the case may be. As I sat drinking my morning coffee and listening to the radio this morning I heard the WBFO newscaster call for a high temperature of 63 degrees for Tuesday. 63? On December 4th? In Buffalo, New York? How can that be? Buffalo is the land of snow. The city that’s know for blizzards, Super Bowl losses and chicken wings, in that order.
Snow or no snow, Buffalo, along with the rest of the Western world, has taken it’s first steps onto that slippery slope we call the Holiday Season. Being the consumer animals that we are, December is dedicated to shopping, wrapping and gift giving — and there aren’t many of us who escape the madness. I spent this past weekend selling my wares at the Burchfield-Penny Art Center. It was the first year that Burchfield-Penny hosted artists as part of Open Studios and Galleries and, as first years shows go, it was a great success. The show was well organized by Robin Lenhard, co-director of SAM (The Saturday Artists Market that debuted at the Buffalo waterfront this summer) and featured over 30 of Buffalo’s best artists and craft persons. The gift buying bug was in the air as visitors viewed vendor’s wares and carefully choose gifts for loved ones, co-workers and employees.
Snow or no snow, holiday shopping will continue until our minds turn toward the New Year. If you’re in the market for a unique gift Buffalo offers so many shopping options. Be sure to check out the remaining Holiday Gift Fairs and all of our wonderful independent shops and galleries. If you’d like to find my work here’s a list of places where you can do just that:
Queen City Market, Saturday, December 8th – 11am -4pm at
Karpeles Manuscript Museum 453 Porter Ave., Buffalo, NY, 14201
Village Artisans, 5560 Main Street, Williamsville, New York 14221
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202
464, 464 Amherst Street, Buffalo, New York 14207
Art Dialogue Gallery, One Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14209
ZGM Fine Arts, 1045 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222
…where you can shop 24/7