Melbourne, FL (April 26, 2014) - Florida has many great art shows throughout the year. One of the more noteworthy top nationwide shows was held on April 26th and 27th. The Melbourne, FL Art Festival is in its 30th year. Each year the caliber of artists keeps getting better. Some of the artwork on display was just amazing. I do not envy the job the judges have. Making decisions on who gets what ribbon and “Best in Show” cannot be easy.
This year, I found five artists that I liked, David Buton, Eric Shupe, Pauline Fawcett, Snidely Wood and Geoffrey Arron Harris. Each of these artist has a talent to create amazing pieces of artwork.
The annual festival poster was designed and created by Kacie Mclean. From the Festival Web site, "An emerging artist, Kacie is an illustrator turned graphic designer hailing from just outside of Boston, MA. She began her education at Massachusetts College of Art and went on to earn her Master's degree from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. When she's not creating, she can be found brewing coffee and playing roller derby."
David Burton works with plastic toys to create three-dimensional collages. His totally black sculptures are just incredible. Eric Shupe is a recycling artist that takes old silver plated and sterling silver eating utensils and creates some impressive sculptures. He had a “Do Not Photograph” sign at his booth which I honored. To see some of his work, you need to go to his web site. Pauline Fawcett likes to go large. Her floral paintings were huge. Each one can almost fill a wall. When I spoke with her I said that her paintings were just not big enough. She just smiled back at me. Snidely Wood, as his name might suggest likes to use wood as his medium. He had some very interesting wood carvings of saltwater fish. When you look at his work, you know that Snidely knows wood. And last but not least, who does not love robots. Geoffrey Arron Harris is a digital graphic artist and illustrator who has a knack for creating all sorts of fun robot artwork. His artwork makes me smile. Visit his web site to see his artwork and toy robots.
In addition to the all the artist who were displaying their artwork, there was a food court and food and beverage vendors placed all along the festival route. They even had a main stage where live music played. Because the festival is always held in old-town Melbourne, all the stores and restaurants were open. Matt’s Casaba had live music and a good crowd. A band called Libations was playing. You can here one of their songs on You Tube from the festival. Meg O’Malley’s was standing room only with a long line of customers waiting for a table or a seat at the bar.
The Melbourne Art Festival is always held during the last two weeks in April of each year. The weather this year was perfect. All in all this was another great show. I have attached my photo essay from my visit to the show. I hope you enjoy it. Outside art shows are great places to enjoy the outdoors.
Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.