Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 Aaron Douglas Art Fair, Topeka, Kansas

Join Details for the 2016 Aaron Douglas Art Fair from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday September 24, 2016.  Admission is free and there will be food vendors and children's activities.  It will be held at Aaron Douglas Park at 12th and Lane in Topeka, Kansas.

Aaron Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas and was a leading figure in the artistic and literary movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. Douglas developed an interest in art early on, finding some of his inspiration from his mother's love for painting watercolors.

Aspects of Negro Life – From Slavery Through Reconstruction by Aaron Douglas 1934

After graduating from Topeka High School in 1917, Douglas attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. There, he pursued his passion for creating art, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1922. Around that time, he shared his interest with the students of Lincoln High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He taught there for two years, before deciding to move to New York City. At the time, New York's Harlem neighborhood had a thriving arts scene.

Song of the Towers by Aaron Douglas 1934

 Arriving in 1925, Douglas quickly became immersed Harlem's cultural life. He contributed illustrations to Opportunity, the National Urban League's magazine, and to The Crisis, put out by the National Association for the Advancement Colored People. Douglas created powerful images of African-American life and struggles, and won awards for the work he created for these publications, ultimately receiving a commission to illustrate an anthology of philosopher Alain LeRoy Locke's work, entitled The New Negro.
Douglas had a unique artistic style that fused his interests in modernism and African art. A student of German-born painter Winold Reiss, he incorporated parts of Art Deco along with elements of Egyptian wall paintings in his work. Many of his figures appeared as bold silhouettes.

Please join me and 49 other artists Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Aaron Douglas Park at 12th and Lane in Topeka Kansas.  In addition to the art for sale there will be activities for the children, performances, and as always food booths.

Here are a couple of samples of my newest creations.

We sell a lot of jewelry with peace signs on them, and have for several years.  I have created a set, necklace, bracelet and earrings that includes multicolored peace signs.  the bracelet, not shown is just a simple linked bracelet of peace signs; the earrings just the simple peace signs as well.

This next one is my interpretation on a photo i saw of a pendant made with a locket and charm dangles.

Hope to see you at the Aaron Douglas Art Fair.