Fee and I took Laddie to the Revel last night. The weather was great, the Natchitoches Meat Pies delicious, the beer cold, the people-watching great, the art booths fun and interesting.
Laddie bought a picture for Maggie, and the artist was so sweet to him, I thought we might have to go back and let him buy something else. Her works were of children, horses, and Western themes. Laddie really liked all of them and finally decided on this small, framed piece. This is a good picture of Laddie and Gloria Shanahan, the artist. She is from Kansas City.
I asked a few other artists if I could take pictures, but most of them declined. This gentleman obliged...and I wish you could see the detail in these works. They are created by threading silk threads side by side. The entire "paintings" are silk threads. His card reads: ABISSA HANDCRAFTS, Home of SaM's Handwoven Silk Threads Mosaic Art, Baton Rouge, LA. They were quite expensive, and deservedly so. Individual silk threads! But, not woven (inspite of his card) or stitched. Just placed next to each other, each one lustrous and distinct. Click to enlarge, wait, then click the icon in the bottom left corner, and you'll get a better idea.
My favorite booth was that of Jean Yao of Ft. Lauderdale. She agreed to let me take a picture, but when I asked her if it was OK to post it on my blog, she seemed reluctant. I googled "Jean Yao and baskets" and found that she has been juried in to some excellent arts festivals and won "Best of Show" in many (and their cash prizes are in the thousands), but found no pictures of her baskets, and believe me, they are works of art. So, unfortunately, no pictures of her wonderful work.