Saturday, September 20, 2008

Art in the Barn is Fall Classic

Art Friends, Sept. 19, 2008
Art Friends is an e-letter that I compose for my friends from time to time. It features the inside story on new works, art shows and other art nuggets you might find interesting. Thank you for reading. -- Barbara Sistak Baur

Hello Everyone,
Fresh off the easel, Berries Are Tops!, will have its debut showing at the Art in the Barn art sale coming up September 27 &28 (see more below). There are several techniques used in this painting including assemblage of the berries, palette knife for the toppings and traditional blending techniques. More info is online.
Berries Are Tops!, 11”x14”, acrylic on panel, with a contemporary black frame, $400. © Barbara Sistak Baur

Art in the Barn is Fall Classic
Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2008
(on the campus of Good Shepherd Hospital, on Route 22, Barrington, IL)
Artists exhibit in actual old farm buildings that are holdovers from when the property was a working farm. It’s fun to roam through the barn’s upper and lower levels, the corn crib, the machine shed, the mill room. The artists are tucked into all sorts of nooks and crannies in the buildings – a charming tour of art. And if it rains, no problem, you simply dash from building to building. Good food is on hand as well as community entertainment on the central stage. It is a pleasant outing and a great place to purchase art to support the hospital and the artists. Last year's event drew more than 7,500 people and generated more than $2 million dollars for the hospital. (I am in the Mill Room, by the way.)

Art-Throb™ -- ArtFairCalendar.com
Art-Throb is a term I use for a great place to discover art. And ArtFairCalendar.com is such a place. This web site gives you all the info on the top Art Festivals and Craft Shows in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and, well, all across the country. If you enjoy spending time at art fairs, you must visit this site. “Art Fairs bring together in a unique manner the creators and the culturally aware to enrich one another's lives.” (quoted from ArtFairCalendar.com)
Wild Flamingo Lady
Just completed is a new art table with a whimsical flamingo theme. This is a commission I did for my flamingo-loving friend, Roxanne. Art tables have a fabulous painting on top, actual memorabilia attached to the painting and the whole surface is encased in high-gloss, protective resin. Go online now to see photos. And for more photos, click the Commissions topic.

Just Accepted
My painting of bread, Loaves, has been accepted at the Woman Made Gallery, 680 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, for the Objects of Desire exhibition, October 10 through November 13.

Well, I had better get back to the studio and keep working. There is so much to do.

Warmly,
Barbara Sistak Baur
Artist

P.S. Art-Throb is a term I use for a great place to discover art. It is usually a smaller or out-of-the-way event or place that you might not know about. From time to time I will include places or events I find out about.

Photos Now Online
-- I took a few snapshots of friends and family as they stopped by my art booth at art fairs this summer. Take a peek! Click on the Event Pics Topic.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

The Baker

The person responsible for the delicious pie is actually in this painting -- we see a glimpse of the baker himself as he just placed the pie on its plate and is scurrying away to his next task. This is another painting where just one pastry has the 3-d impasto technique that I use and the rest of the painting is flat. In this case, we see the pie easily, but the baker comes into focus only after looking for a minute. 14"x11", acrylic, framed. Sold.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Berries Are Tops!

There are several techniques used in this painting include assemblage, palette knife painting for the cake and bun toppings, and traditional blending techniques for the pans. All the berries are created off the painting and then applied to it. I also tried a new combination of modeling paste and tar gel. The result was a very think medium that dripped but held a solid-like shape (the berries). The same combo was used for the bun and custard topping but that was applied with a knife. Berries Are Tops!, 11”x14”, acrylic on panel, with a contemporary black frame. Sold.

West End Art Festival in LaGrange

Look who stopped by my art booth in LaGrange, Il? It is Husband Tom and two granddaughters. They are Hannah (left) and Emily. They and their family were spending a nice afternoon at the fair. Tom was on hand to help out throughout the weekend. He is a good guy.

Objects of Desire


Loaves, 16"x30", has been accepted for the exhibition named, Objects of Desire, at the Woman Made Gallery, 680 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL.
The jurer for this show was Clair Wolf Krantz, an art critic who contributes to Art in America, Sculpture, Flash Art, ArtPapers and others. She also exhibits her own work at the State of Illinoi Museum among others.

Objects of Desire runs from Oct 10 through Nov 13, 2008


Wild Flamingo Lady

Here is a new art table that I just completed for my good friend, Roxanne!  She is wild about flamingos and collects all things flamingo (so long are they are whimsical).  The art table has a painting on the top surface. Then, small pieces of memorabilia are adhered to the surface of the painting. It is edged with trim and the final step is to flood the entire surface with a high gloss resin. This encases the painting and objects and creates a durable surface. The table can be placed into use as a coffee table or end table.  It is okay to place your drinks right on the table -- it wipes clean every time!

Scroll down for more photos.
And there are more photos if you click the Commissions topic to the right
 



Here is the tabletop. You can see the whole painting and the many fun objects.  This flamingo lady is having a wild time with her friends at the tiki bar. She is a fabulous gal!















All dressed up to go out.  And what a great hat! There are little dancing flamingos around the brim. Don't you love the earring?




Close Ups





High Gloss Top




Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Highwood Fine Art Festival

My friend, Angela, and her friend, John, stopped in at my art booth at the Highwood Art Festival recently. It was great to see them!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Art-Throb™ -- ArtFairCalendar.com


Art-Throb is a term I use for a great place to discover art. And ArtFairCalendar.com is such a place. This web site gives you all the info on the top Art Festivals and Craft Shows in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and, well, all across the country. If you enjoy spending time at art fairs, you must visit this site. “Art Fairs bring together in a unique manner the creators and the culturally aware to enrich one another's lives.” (quoted from ArtFairCalendar.com)

The Sketchbook Project at Brooklyn Art Library (Video)

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