Archive for September, 2015

oobWhile walking through the great Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City this past weekend, many works caught my eye, but none more than the Collaborative Sculpture by Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber Olds.

About artists Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber Olds: “We are a married team of artists who make our home and studio on a ridge overlooking the beautiful hills of Southwestern Wisconsin. In our studios we have, until recently, each focused on our own work and separate businesses. Kelsey has been making custom furniture and offering a line of bamboo cutting boards, while Amy has been making fiber and clay dolls and recycled wool hats. In 2012 Amy made her way into the wood shop and began carving her figurative sculptures in wood. Amy’s presence in the wood shop has led us to a new partnership. Together, we are making a cast of human/animal figurative sculptures in wood. The shaping, refining and texturing of basswood is done with a combination of power and hand tools. The pieces are finished with layers of milk paint. As our collaboration relies upon a balance between our sensibilities, personalities and skills, so too do our finished pieces walk a fine line. We are interested in exploring a balance between human and animal; wild and tame; crude and refined; movement and stability; humor and seriousness; adult and child; toy and art object.”

This is my personal picture of the works of Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber Olds that caught my eye:

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Learn more about the Collaborative Sculpture of Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber Olds and see a gallery of their work here.

My20I have been posting this week about the great things I found this past weekend at the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City. The Plaza Art Fair is a huge cultural event in the city and includes booths from many of the local theaters, museums and other arts institutions in the city, like the amazing Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

The museum was touting their upcoming exhibitions and handing out free copies of My 20th Century, a collection of photographs from fame photo journalist and Kansas City native David Douglas Duncan, and it is wonderful.

About My 20th Century by David Douglas Duncan: “From a legendary American photojournalist, iconic photographs from the Korean War to Picasso at his most intimate. David Douglas Duncan is one of the most revered American photographers of the twentieth century. Born in 1916, he was a witness to most of the century and captured many of its historic events and epic personalities through his lens. Beginning as a Marine Corps combat photographer in 1943, Duncan assembled a portfolio that features some of the most arresting photographs taken of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Duncan often plunged into the middle of the action to get the best shot, and his heroics with the camera won him a job with Life magazine. During his career, he traveled the world, shooting conflicts in Iran, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. In 1956, he knocked on Pablo Picasso’s door and began a friendship that would make him the only person to photograph Picasso’s personal paintings and the artist in intimate scenarios—such as the bathtub. In My 20th Century, the now ninety-eight-year-old Duncan offers a curated selection of some of his very best photographs and a summary of his lifelong work. Designed by his own hands, the book includes riveting shots of a world torn by war, invigorated by art, and colored by diverse cultures. A true poet of the lens, adventurer, and teller of stories, Duncan belongs to the present as much as he does the past. His legacy lives on in this powerful visual tableau.”

In My 20th Century we are treated to Mr. Duncan’s fine work that not only tells the story of his professional life, but also the story of the 20th century itself.

My 20th Century by David Douglas Duncan is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

JCCI love paper mâché and I don’t think it gets the attention it deserves a medium for modern art. However, in the very capable hands of artists like Tiffany Ownbey, whose work I saw this past weekend at the great Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, paper mâché is very much alive and very cool.

About artist Tiffany Ownbey:

“My work is a study of human interactions, relationships and memories…sometimes humorous and sometimes tart. Scale and proportion are intentionally manipulated for emphasis. Using paper-mâché I make figurative sculpture out of antique sewing patterns, vintage books and found objects.”

How can you not love Tiffany Ownbey work, like her First Truck Dog, a paper mâché assemblage using vintage sewing patterns and old toy trucks?

Learn more about artist Tiffany Ownbey and see a gallery of her work here.

archI have mentioned before that I always wanted a wall of old-school metal lockers in my house. Likewise, I have also always wanted a few rows of vintage stadium seating. Well, now I have found a place where I can get the latter: the fine folks at Archer Seats who offer all sorts of seating options old and new.

About Archer Seats: “In the old days, stadium seats from places like Ebbets Field, Polo Grounds, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Baltimore Memorial Stadium and Shibe Park were often discarded as scrap, a few being saved or re-used. Long before words like “green” or “re-use/recycle” were popular in our society, Steve Archer had already built one recycling factory for plastic of all types. Demand for his services created the stadium seat clearinghouse for all surplus stadium seats and parts. Surplus stadium seats are a smart way to build a facility. Since 1995, Archer Seating has been a valuable resource for all stadiums, schools, retail business, auction barns, churches, movie productions, and individuals seeking quality stadium seats at a fair price.”

In addition to the traditional stadium seating, the fine folks at Archer Seating offer a collection of vintage turnstiles. I want one!

Check out all the surplus stadium seating of Archer Seats here.

Visit Archer Seating’s online store here.

CCAF.eOK folks, if you like art fairs as much as I do (and I am guessing you may if you found your way here to Lost Cowboy) do yourself a favor and mark September 23-25, 2016 on your calendar and plan to be in Kansas City for the 85th Annual Plaza Art Fair.

This past weekend was the 84th Annual Plaza Art Fair which I attended and it was as great as ever. First, the weather was perfect. Second, there is no lovelier urban space in America than Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. Add hundreds of high quality artists, and you have one of the best fairs going. Not to mention the food and music.

In the coming days I will post about a few of the artists I found at the Plaza Art Fair. In the meantime, here is a little gallery of some of the sites I found on my visit to the Plaza this weekend. (Click on the thumbnail to see the full picture.)

msaltWhen I was back in Maine recently I was pleasantly reminded of how cool it is to be by the ocean – literally and figuratively. Spending my second summer in Kansas where it is both hot and ocean-free, a short visit to Maine was refreshing. I could smell the ocean in the air and even taste the salty air. That last bit is what reminded me to post about the fine folks at Maine Sea Salt I found recently.

About Maine Sea Salt: “Maine Sea Salt was founded in 1998 by Steve and Sharon Cook, Sharon is from Van Buren, Maine, and Steve, is from Bailey Island, Maine. We love food and cooking and you can’t even begin without sea salt. Opening Maine Sea Salt was a natural, but not as easy as you would think. Our first product, was a 1 oz portion for cooking lobsters. The Packaging, was a hand-made envelope with the salt inside and directions on the back. I took the “Maine Sea Salt for Cooking Lobster” to the area fish markets to sell. The reaction was, ‘are you crazy?’ I begged them to try it, free, give it a couple days. It wasn’t long before they started calling and asked for more. That’s when I knew it would succeed. Maine Sea Salt is now located in Down East Maine in the town of Marshfield, next door to Machias, Maine. The salt works has grown, and Maine Sea Salt is sold thru out the United States, in Health food stores, Specialty food shops, and high end restaurants. Our packaging has grown also, Maine Sea Salt is offered in refillable grinders, a fancy gift jar for special occasions, and recloseable plastic bags for the consumer who wants less packaging and more value.”

Try Maine Natural Crystal Sea Salt: “Comes in a storable wide mouth glass jar. Consumer friendly, recyclable. Our Natural Maine Sea Salt in an easy storage jar for the kitchen. A great value! Perfect size crystal for a grinder or salt mill. Solar evaporated and Hand Harvested on the Coast of Maine.”

Learn more about Maine Sea Salt here.

It was a great weekend for the 84th Annual Plaza Art Fair – one of Kansas City’s best traditions. Here is a bit of the scene I captured earlier today. In the coming days I will post a lot more about all the great art and artists I found at this awesome event.

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girlIt is clear that education is the best way to bring people, families, communities and societies out of poverty. The fine folks at Girl Rising are dedicated to education girls around the world.

About Girl Rising: “Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education. We use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. Our mission is to change the way the world values the girl.”

Learn more about Girl Rising and how you can help here.

dfMaking sure our kids make good choices and keeping them drug free should be one of our top priorities as a society. Thankfully there a people out there committed to making that happen, like the fine folks at The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

About The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: “We work to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction. Founded in 1987 as an anti-drug advertising campaign and formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, we are a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families, providing parents with direct support to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse.”

Learn more about The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and how you can support the effort here.

FF: The Shirts of Fish Hippie

hippyI like the name Fish Hippie, a fine purveyor of men’s casual wear. However, more than their name, I like their line of button-down shirts.

About Fish Hippie: “Our commitment is to create quality products that embody and represent the Fish Hippie lifestyle. In just a few short years, Fish Hippie has evolved from custom tees to now include fine apparel such as polo’s and button-downs with more fine lifestyle products on the way. Our apparel is designed to be high quality, comfortable and attractive and able to easily transition between work and play. We craft every piece of Fish Hippie clothing with as much inspiration and detail as those awe-inspiring and timeless places that we regularly drift off to. We hope that you enjoy wearing them as much as we enjoy creating them.”

Find the great shirt collection of Fish Hippie here.

See all the fine products of Fish Hippie here.

FF: Pogue Mahone Pickles

pogYou got to love a fine pickle with a cheeky name and a great back story – which is just the case with Pogue Mahone Pickles of Austin, TX.

About Pogue Mahone Pickles: “What started as a small project selling pickles at area farmers markets quickly gained a devout cult following which led to a full pickle production operation that is now growing faster than could even been imagined. While still selling only at farmers markets, Pogue Mahone Pickles entered into and won the 2013 National Good Food Awards. They were selected from over 1500 entries from all 50 states to receive this national prize and got the attention of many retail stores including the major sponsor Whole Foods Market.”

Learn more about Pogue Mahone Pickles here.

Order Pogue Mahone Pickles online here.

FF: Priority Bicycles

pribFinally today, I love living in a new golden age of bicycle makers, exemplified by the fine folks at Priority Bicycles.

About Priority Bicycles: “The purpose of our bicycles is to make cycling more simple. Researching, purchasing, and even riding can be a hassle, between the routine maintenance, flat tires, broken chains, and uncomfortable seats. But it doesn’t have to be. We reassessed every element of the bicycle from the ground up in order to make riding more simple and more enjoyable. In an era where endless customization and gadgets are prevalent, we put our energy not toward adding to the bicycle, but taking away what we believed to be unnecessary. We focused on research, development, and engineering, not marketing campaigns and color customization. The results are bicycles that are easy to buy, easy to assemble, easy to ride, and easy to maintain; we want you to enjoy your rides, not worry about them. If you don’t love your Priority bicycle, we will take it back no questions asked.”

Learn more about Priority Bicycles and find your next ride here.