A most difficult decision at the Krasl Art Fair, South Shore Arts outdoor summer concert series begins tomorrow and the Outcenter Lake Effect Pride event at Harbor Shores next weekend.
Day of Judgment at the Krasl Art Fair on The Bluff on Saturday: The weather couldn't have been better, warm and sultry with a cool breeze blowing along the Lake. My Krasl mentor Sarah Shambarger met me at the starting gate, told me I would have a very hard job judging the Best in Show and set off to check out the booths. They were amazing. I walked the whole show and eventually returned to #125 belonging to artist Ed Brownlee of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, who paints ceramic objects with clever and interesting Munchesque faces. His work is utilitarian and inexpensive so he sells quite a lot of it. My other two favorites were Cartoonist Paul Palnik and Lou Michaels, a 3D artist who casts small bronze figures and sets them on classic skyscraper photos from the early 20th century. I was more attracted to objects than paintings in spite of the excellent images —photos, paintings and combinations—at the art fair. Some of my observations about commerce: Like Ed Brownlee, Paul Palnik was doing a great business with signed, numbered prints of cartoons with positive messages, for $50, $99.
I walked back to Ed Brownlee's booth and bought a mask for $35 and a octopus pitcher for $65. On the walk from the front of the show to the Krasl, maybe a mile, maybe more and decided to go with Ed Brownlee for best in show. Michaels' bronze cast 3D work was awesome and everyone who walked by that booth, took a picture with their camera phone and gasped. But what makes his work so unique also limits what he can do and its accessibility. Paul Palnik is the opposite. He has a wide audience and an outstanding web site. The tie breaker in my mind was Ed Brownlee's faces lawn ornaments faces, very cute and only $35. Anyway, that was my process and hopefully Ed Brownlee will grow and prosper and be back next year.
A Free Gift from NISO: The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director/Conductor Kirk Muspratt begin the 7th Annual South Shore Summer Music Festival this week with free concerts in Schererville on Friday at Redar Park (Austin Street North of US 30) starting at 7:30pm. (Rain Location: Lake Central High School) Saturday the concert is at Cedar Lake Town Complex Grounds (7408 Constitution Avenue) - 7:30pm. (Rain Location: Hanover Central High School)
OutCenter Summer Event at Harbor Shores: For the first time, the OutCenter’s Lake Effect Pride event will be held at the Harbor Shores Golf Club, starting at 6 pm on Friday, July 26th at Harbor Shores Golf Club, 201 Graham Avenue in Benton Harbor. This is the OutCenter’s annual signature pride event, celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, families and their allies in Southwest Michigan. Tickets are $25 per person with all proceeds going to support OutCenter programs.
This is the OutCenter’s 10-year Anniversary. Harbor Shores Golf Club is hosting the event under the tent, providing appetizers from The Grille and Mike Koch will be performing.Todd Dockerty is the DJ for the evening.Guests wishing to also have dinner will enjoy a 10% discount at The Grille. For more information about the event OutCenter Lake Effect Pride.