The Hyde Park Art Festival in Tampa was this weekend, and I forgot how much I enjoy going by myself to these type of events. Wandering at your own leisurely pace, backtracking if you’re so inclined, sitting and relaxing when you feel like it- very nice. Hyde Park is my old neighborhood, so it was great to go back and visit the ‘hood.
The area is full of Craftsman style homes that I would l-o-v-e to own. I love the roof lines, the thick columns and big porches. If only I were a yuppie. Or a rich artist. GO TO ETSY AND BUY SOME OF MY STUFF!!
In addition to the art festival on Saturday, I got CAKE! Wright’s Gourmet in Tampa has the absolute BEST freakin’ lemon cake!! I first had it while I was pregnant, and that craving has stayed with me. I don’t get to have it very often since their bakery is so far from my house, so when I go, I don’t mess around with buying a slice. No, no, we buy the whole cake!! Everything they make there is yummy, but the lemon cake is a must have. Hubby and I had cake for breakfast the morning after I bought it. We also had it at the beach that day. Oh, and we had it for dessert that night. Shockingly, we haven’t devored the whole thing yet.
Below are pictures of the fair and some of the things I bought. It’s kind of a eclectic mix, but some of these purchases are for other people. And I’m poor, so I had to buy within my budget!
Some pictures of the festival. Below is the fountain my son was determined to throw something in!
A photo card of Richard Stewart’s photo “Girl With Wine.” I love the timeless quality of this photo. It was taken in 1968, but she looks like a modern day girl. It almost makes me miss cigarettes. Almost.
I bought this calendar for Little Man’s room. Kaleidoscope Conspiracy is Ed King’s website. A neo-pop artist, he sells original art, prints, and other items that reflect his colorful imagination. He also accepts commissions. I think his work is great, in that the bright colors and symbolism make it appealing and accessible to a wide range of viewers.
I bought this with my step mom in mind. My parents have six, seven cats and live on the water. This print reminds me of a ceramic artist whose name I can’t recall. This print is by Gina L. Stark.
This watercolor print was bought with Hubby in mind. He loves fishing, although he hasn’t been since our trip to Key West this summer when he and my dad caught a ton o’ mahi mahi. Which is what this fish is. Tasty.
I’ve watched this guy for a couple of years and fall more and more in love with his work. He’s a local boy, with a studio in Pinellas Park, by the name of Clayton Swartz. He creates these amazing sculptures out of metal and they’re painted in these bright, beautiful colors. He must be doing well, as his brochures and postcards are improving in quality and size! Last year’s postcard was a 4×6. This year’s was a 6×8! I would love to own one of his Ocean Life wall sculptures some day.
And finally, below was my first purchase of the day. The artist, Dr. Kenneth Dames, is a psychologist and and artist. He obviously tapped into people’s psyche with this series. Entitled, “To Each His Own”, it’s a series of line drawings of people in the most private of places, the bathroom. He’s brought it into the public viewing domain, and people seemed to love it, as it was talked about all over the festival. He had prints and cards of the drawings available. I thought they were amusing, so I bought one that represented my son and dog:
I ended up going back and completing the series for our household by buying one for Hubby and me.
The one of me has two cats and a dog in it, which accurately reflects our animal menagerie. I plan on framing them and placing them in, of all places, the potty. I think it’ll make guests chuckle while they tinkle. As long as they don’t tinkle on my toilet seat!