Melbourne, FL (April 26, 2015) – This weekend is the annual Melbourne, Florida Art Festival. It runs for two days April 25th and 26th. I visited the festival on Saturday.
Kirk Dodd, one of my favorite local digital artist, did this year’s poster of the Cocoa Beach pier. Visit his booth 421 and his website and see his stunning high dynamic range photographs. His framed prints are very reasonable.
I stopped by Phil Schmidt’s booth because I just love watercolor printings with great detail. Phil lives in Missouri and has been doing watercolor paintings since high school. He told me that he travels most of the year going to art shows and spends the winter painting. He creates his watercolor art work from photographs that he has taken or from photographs given to him by his clients. Phil has been in the commercial art profession for over 30 years. All the artwork on display in his booth can be seen on his website www.philschmidtwatercolors.com.
After watercolors, when I go to outdoor art shows or festivals, I am drawn to Florida art. Linda Soderquist is a watercolor artist and Florida Master Naturalist. She lives in southwest Florida on Little Gasparilla Island. One can only get there by ferry boat. Linda gets her inspiration from the island’s bald eagles, great white herons, egret, rare white pelicans, osprey and numerous small shorebirds and sea turtles. Visit her website to see more of her artwork.
Klammer Dave has been a mainstay Melbourne Art Festival long before since I started attending in 2005. Dave is an old salt of the sea who started as commercial fisherman along the New Jersey shore. Late in the 1980s Dave chose a new direction. He became a wood carver. And what a wood carver he is. You can find Klammer Dave’s wood carvings in about all 50 states and overseas. As I was talking with him, I commented on the two fish carvings that had beer caps as fish scales. I said that with the boom in craft beers, these two carvings should be a big hit. Dave said that he had done a few commissions breweries. You can see more of Dave’s work on his website www.klamfishcreations.com.
Terrell Rene’ Theen has been creating amazing artwork since 1997. He had on display in his booth many of his digital creations. As a graphic designer, I am envious of graphic artists who have taken their craft to the highest level. Terrell is one of those designers. He has done work for Disney, 3M, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, and the Indianapolis Speedway. You can see more of Terrell’s work on his website www.terrelltheen.com.
I did not get a chance to speak with Martin Figlinski, but his original Florida artwork caught my eye. According to Martin’s website, he lives in the Panhandle of Florida with his wife and two kids. Living there gives him the inspiration for the oil paintings he creates. He is a Signature Member of Plein Air Florida. Being not familiar with Plein Air Florida I had to do a little research. This is an association of Florida Artist who primarily create their artwork on location. Being on location gives them the stimulation to capture what the artist is seeing in order to transfer those images on to canvas. Martin’s paintings are not mere replications of nature. They are his interpretation of what he sees. You can see more of Martin Figlinski’s oil paintings on his website www.figlinski.com.
The Melbourne Art Festival is still going on today. You still have time to get outdoors and enjoy the show.
Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.