15
Jul
09

On the Road Again!

 

 

Yours truly, with "glasses" by basket maker Sylvia Lehman

Yours truly, with "glasses" by basket maker Sylvia Lehman

    This past week, July 8 through 12, Chris and I were in State College, PA for the Central PA Festival of the Arts. We have been participating in this festival for 13 of the past 14 years, and it has become somewhat of a reunion as we reunite with our “art friends”. Less than 24 hours after returning home to Wheeling we attended a concert featuring Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Bob Dylan. Willie sang his signature song, On the Road Again, and the lyrics reminded me of how much I enjoy getting together with fellow artists at the CPFA:

On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends
Insisting that the world be turnin’ our way

 

Me, Laura Barletta, Don Barletta, and Chris

Me, Laura Barletta, Don Barletta, and Chris

    For nine years, Laura and Don Barletta have been putting us up (and putting up with us). They, along with Bunny the Wonder Dog, provide us with a home away from home. 

    At the top of this blog you saw a picture of me wearing “basket glasses” by artist Sylvia Lehman. Several of us had a good time trying the spectacles on as you can see below:

 

My wife, Chris, with some of Sylvia's baskets in the background

My wife, Chris, with some of Sylvia's baskets in the background

 

Clay print ninja Mitch Lyons said the glasses made him feel like a super hero

Clay print ninja Mitch Lyons said the glasses made him feel like a super hero

 

It's me again, along with artist and glasses creator Sylvia Lehman

It's me again, along with artist and glasses creator Sylvia Lehman

    During the festival, Mitch Lyons (clay printing), and myself (assemblage) demonstrated how we create our craft. We were, however, just the opening act for fiber artist Susan Levi-Goerlich. Even Mitch, who is famous for throwing an onion ring (left over from lunch) onto his printing plate, could not bring in the huge crowd pulled in by Susan.

 

Fiber artist and worm queen Susan Levi-Goerlich mezmarizes the crowd

Fiber artist, Master Gardner, and worm queen Susan Levi-Goerlich mezmerizes the crowd

 

Susan making art on the Sears Ultra Art Creator 6000

Susan making art on the Sears Kenmore Ultra Art Creator 6000

  Susan has been our longest neighbor on Burrowes, and Chris and I look forward to our annual dinner with her on Friday night at Faccia Luna. (But we did miss our good friend and artist Kim Young of Richmond, VA, who is healing from a broken wrist.) And if you wonder how Susan got the title of Worm Queen you will need to ask her.

 Jewelry artist Loretta Fehling (who says all my work is about sex and that I need to change type fonts on my collage cards) brings her entire booth and contents to the show in a VW Bug! She somehow is able to convince people from a local church to put up her booth while she directs the crew like Martin Scorsese. Loretta is a fun addition to the Burrowes Street neighborhood, but we wish we could get her to come out of her shell. She is so quiet and reserved.

 

Loretta packed and ready to hit the endless black ribbon

Loretta packed and ready to hit the endless black ribbon

 

Loretta and some of the Burrowes Street gang

Loretta, her loaded bug, and some of the Burrowes Street gang

    My sales were at an all time low for this festival, barely covering expenses and with any real profit looming off some where in the distance. I did win a merit award, which always an honor and indeed helps in the financial department. Not much return for the amount of work involved, and yet Chris and I so much enjoy seeing our friends and being a part of such a well run event. Could we just drive to the festival and visit our friends? Sure, but it just wouldn’t be the same. Besides, loading and unloading a van, putting up and tearing down a booth, and filling it with art is a good workout!

 

My booth at the CPFA

My booth at the CPFA

    The weather at State College was beautiful all four days! Unseasonably low temperatures and low humidity made for very pleasant “booth sitting”. We did have a storm which came in early Saturday evening, and there was a prediction of 60 to 70 mile-an-hour winds. However, we only received a 20 minute downpour and the winds somehow missed us!

 

Furniture designers/artists Evy Rogers and Joe Jacobs peek out during the rain storm

Furniture designers/artists Evy Rogers and Joe Jacobs peek out during the rain storm

    Evy Rogers and Joe Jacobs have been our neighbors on Burrowes Street for the past four years. Joe helped us secure our booth a bit better when we received word of the approaching storm. 

 

Artist Mike Albin in his booth

Artist Mike Albin in his booth

    I was only able to see about half of the show this year, but one artist I met was Mike Albin. His booth made me stop for a second look. Mike is a photographer and his wife, Patty, is a talented painter. Patty paints the frames that surround Mike’s photographs and as a team they create some very interesting work. They do a great job of showing their process on their website. Check it out here: Mike and Patty Albin.

 

Some of Mike and Patty Albin's work

Some of Mike and Patty Albin's work

 

 

Breakfast at the Diner

Breakfast at the Diner

       On Sunday morning, the last day of the festival, fellow artists and friends met for breakfast at the Ye Olde College Diner. Clockwise from left is Mitch Lyons, Greg Lyons, a fat bald guy, Kate Snyder, Chris Snyder (Kate and Chris own the wonderful Natural Food and Garden Store in Lewisburg, PA), Chris Villamagna, Susan Levi-Goerlich, and Sylvia Lehman.

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1 Response to “On the Road Again!”


  1. 1 randy
    July 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    bob, love the work of you and the other artists. looks and sounds like a great time. i miss seeing you and cris. by the way, next summer you should come to seattle, a free place to stay and a personal guide, how bout’ them apples. randy


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