A few weeks ago (yes, I’m still that far behind) we decided to go to the Lancaster Arts Festival. Harrisburg has their own art festival in the spring but at this point I’m starting to feel like I’ve seen all the vendors and while we’ve purchased a couple prints for the girls’ rooms, we haven’t found anything significant. We have several spots around the house that are just waiting for something – something special, to be specific. Lancaster is very well known for their art scene so I figured it would be a good place to check out.
It turns out that I was totally unprepared for what we would find. Everything was much more high-end than I expected. Even the food was fancy. The downside to a high-end festival would be that if you promised your kids they could pick out something for their rooms or a small crafty item, it wasn’t going to happen. That was pretty much it as far as the downsides went though – and in all honesty, the kids were thrilled – there was a kids tent where they were allowed to do one project for no extra cost and my kids are all about The Project. They both picked little cloth dolls to decorate with markers and paint. And they both ended up with zombies. Ella’s, predictably, was another Zombie Dorothy – Sophie’s, to my surprise, was quite violent looking, due to the apparently enjoyable action of stabbing the doll with a red marker. I am pretending she was going for polka-dots, but she was pretty happy that Ella told her her zombie was very bloody with inflection that made it clear this was AWESOME.
Tom and I left very happy as well. We ended up with some wonderful pieces that (except for the Central Park print – which needs a frame) found spots in our home immediately. We found out later that 2000 entries are submitted to the festival and only 200 vendors are picked. We will definitely be going back next year to see what they deem worthy.
Checking out some of the amazing sculptures. Too bad we didn’t have 25 grand on hand – our backyard really needs a giant kinetic sculpture.
Even the lemonade was fancy. Hibiscus and Lavender – both delicious. The girls also got lots of attention for their fancy skirts – which I felt were appropriate, although coincidental, for the venue.
It’s hard to get pictures of images behind glass, but this is an etching done by an artist who lives in New York City. Tom felt it was very appropriate for a home in Pennsylvania (where it is currently raining – again – for the next 5 days).
We couldn’t afford a large kinetic sculpture, but we did come home with a much smaller one, by a different artist. This guy’s booth was a huge draw – he had all sorts of different sculptures, all moving – I’d love to give you a link to his website to see more but he doesn’t have one. Tom was completely taken aback by that, but the guy is probably in his 70’s and was very matter of fact about not having one. He did say he would e-mail us some pictures if we wanted (in a heavy Western European accent), which I found charming.
This was by far our biggest purchase. Ever. (Art-wise – to clarify.) We really liked most of the artist’s work, and it helped that we liked her too. It’s currently in our dining room, giving Tom a minor panic attack over the fact that the girls can reach it. They haven’t touched it, but they MIGHT, and that makes him want to hang it as close to the ceiling as possible. So far I’ve convinced him to leave it be – but I won’t be surprised if I wake up one morning to find it turned on its side, flush with the crown-molding. They are sticky kids, after all.
(Pictures and a short video of the sculpture can be found on flickr)