There seemed to be fewer vendors this year, or maybe it was just set up differently--I think there were more vendors in the exhibit hall BEHIND the rock and mineral show, which frankly made no sense to me and seemed like poor planning on the part of the Festival. If you're reading this, North Charleston Arts Dept, please put folks back out in the open so we don't miss anything! Love you!
(I had hoped to run into Bean and Bug Babyknits or Thrifty Sister again, but if ya'll were there, I didn't see you!)
The first thing we saw when we walked in was this:
If you guessed Bangladeshi folk dancers, you were right. In the 14 years I've lived in this area, this was my first Bangladeshi dancer sighting. Very cool. And about time, don't you think?
And then there were "lamps" made from empty (liquor) bottles. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
There was a lot of gorgeous artwork and photography. Plus this painting of knitting--nice!
And antiques! I love browsing through antiques. These, however, were definitely "man"tiques.
Proof that art is subjective.
I absolutely love the work of this year's Arts Fest Design Competition winner, Amiri Gueka Farris. This is "Lowcountry Soiree." These mixed media beauties are still on display at the Performing Arts Center, so if you're local, go! If you have any other chance to see his work, do it!
There was much more--dance, music, puppets, magicians and a large dollop of people watching. Plus, I had the satisfaction of knowing that I was immersing a kid in culture again, and that always makes me feel like a good mom.