We had a blast during this morning's radio interview with Murphsyboro Mayor Will Stephens! Listen to Oak St. Art Group Members Rachel Malcolm Ensor, Sue Gindlesparger, and Ann Fischer talk about the Oak St. Fine Arts Fair, coming up Saturday, September 23.
Below: Oak St. Art Group member Sue Gindlesparger spiffs up the Oak Leaf Stage, readying it for musicians at the Oak St. Fine Arts Fair! See complete music lineup after the photo.
Painter and Oak St. Art Group member Rachel Malcolm Ensor talks about art in everyday life.
My husband and I support our local community by making purchases in our community. Recently we refined our goal even more by deciding to purchase handmade items for our home, particularly our kitchen, from artists in the area. Also when we go out of town, we seek out galleries and make purchases as we can. Our most recent goal is to collect mugs made by artists, particularly really well-known artists, because this way, we can have something that is a specific work of art that we use every day, So we're integrating art into our daily lives.
This connects to the idea of the Bauhaus in early 20th century Germany, that art should be part of our every day experience: The teapot should be a work of art, the glass we drink out of should be a work of art, and the chair we sit in should be a work of art. We already had an extensive collection of art and artifacts, but they're not utilitarian. So this is a new thing for us, and we are loving it.
As a friend of mine told me about bookmarks that I make, "You know, every time I read that book and use your bookmark, I think of you." And we do the same thing when we drink out of a cup made by [ceramic artists] Darby Ortolano or Rob Lorenz. We think of them and appreciate their artistry.
Come on out to the Oak St. Fine Arts Fair on Sat., Sept. 23! We'll have music all day on the Oak Leaf Stage, at the intersection of Oak and 16th St. (map below) in Murphysboro:
1. Brick street / historic venue: Both Sue Gindlesparger (metals, jewelry) and Rachel Malcolm Ensor (painting, mixed media) highlighted the location, along a charming brick street (Oak St.) in the historic arts district of Murphysboro. Come see the artists, musicians, and food vendors on Oak Street (south of Walnut) between 15th and 17th. (SEE MAP HERE.)
3. Sense of community: In a similar vein, Ann Fischer (photography) and Rachel are excited about this chance to bring people together. Everyone is welcome! Artists, musicians, food vendors, and community members can meet and enjoy each other's company.
4. Front-porch live music all day: Sue is especially excited for the full lineup of local music, starting at 10am. Bring lawn chairs so you can sit and enjoy the music, live from the porch of the Jones House in the arts district.
5. Eats: Come for both breakfast-y and lunch/dinner deliciousness from Muglee's Brew (coffee and pastries) and Pat's BBQ.
P.S. Bring your chairs! We'd love to see people relaxing with coffee and BBQ and taking in the music.
Hope to see you there!
Oak Street Art