Arts in the Park

This weekend I will participate for the second time in Arts in the Park in Richmond, VA. Arts in the Park is a nationally-rated, juried art show that takes place at the Carillon in Byrd Park. Every year, it showcases more than 450 artists from around the U.S. producing everything from fine art paintings, to…

Spectacular Japanese heritage and modernity

Last week I checked out Contemporary Japanese Ceramics by Living National Treasures and Other Masters at the Japanese Information and Culture Center in Washington, DC. The forms are very simple and classic, for the most part, but the layered and complex glazing techniques make for spectacular works of art. Equally interesting was to learn that…

Potatoes and plaster

The Smithsonian Craft Show always has amazing works of art and crafts, and this year was no exception. I was mainly interested in checking out the ceramicists’ work, but Nicario Jimenez’s retablos, made of “a doughy mixture of boiled potato and gypsumpowder,” impressed me the most. Originally, retablos were religious devotional iconography carried in small…

Trash or treasure?

 I recently saw Tied, by Susie Ganch, an interesting exhibit about turning used objects (most of which are, technically speaking, trash) into art pieces. It inspires you to see the artistic potential of junk to express ideas, make a statement, even create beautiful decorative pieces. The tapestry of coffee cup lids draws your eye, almost…