The AVAM Bazaart was certainly a feast for the eyes. The entire third floor of the Jim Rouse Visionary Center was filled with dozens of local visionary artists showcasing and selling their work. Packed with people, the Bazaart was a bustling affair with a variety of goods offered including paintings, stationery, home goods, and jewelry.
One of my favorite artists was contemporary folk artist Brian Dowdall. His paintings on cardboard, and some on wood, were whimsical and vivid and reminded me of cartoons you would see in a street fair or market in Mexico. A true visionary artist, Brian Dowdall is also featured in the new What Makes US Smile? exhibit in the main museum.
Another artist at the Bazaart that caught my attention, albeit in a totally different way, was Tom Greaves. His mixed media photography collages made everyday objects interesting. I even bought an 8x10 Edgar Allen Poe print mounted on black wood, which was not his original photography but created in his style, for my apartment. I especially love his use of wire to create texture and depth to the flat silhouette print.
I was able to walk around the museum for a bit after my shopping excursion and read up on the AVAM founder Jim Rouse, while also admiring the robots on the first floor. I will definitely be a repeat AVAM and Bazaart visitor next year. —Jessica Hargest, intern
(Photos by Jessica Hargest.)