This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Milwaukee Art Museum’s annual juried art festival, the Lakefront Festival of Arts. The Lakefront Festival features more than 170 artists, this year featuring a commendable variety of artists (an improvement upon last year’s selection in my opinion). A few of my favorites this year include photographer Cali Hobgood, mixed media artist Dolan Geiman, and printmaker Nick Wroblewski.
Cali’s hand-colored black and white photographs capture everyday objects, isolated in a manner which, in Cali’s words: “gives them an iconic nature that moves the images from the everyday to a moment from our lives.” Striking in person, I can attest to the power of Cali’s photographs (especially her large-scale prints, in which the stunning hand-coloring can truly be appreciated). My only complaint, how am I to choose just one? (as at least one of these prints will inevitably be joining the ‘must have’ list). Envelope and The Manuscript over my desk? Flippers or The Sink in the bathroom?
Mixed media artist Dolan Geiman uses up-cycled materials to create contemporary yet rustic folk pieces which don the homes of privates collectors and windows of international retailers alike.
I am beyond drawn to the lovely nature-inspired woodblock prints by Midwest-based artist Nick Wroblewski. The printmaker’s latest works, including Navigating the Night, demonstrate an especially discerning sense of balance and color.