Monday, September 18, 2006

Recovering from ArtCar Fest

After four incredible, fun-filled, artistic-oriented days, ArtCar Fest 2006 officially ended last night. I still have 3 houseguests (2 from Minnesota, and 1 from New Jersey) and this morning was being filmed by a camera crew from the Smithsonian so I'm not in the least bit recovered yet. There are costumes, wigs, and hats strewn all around my art studio, there's a mountain of laundry to be done, and it'll be several days before my life is back to "normal". I wanted to at least post a few quick photos from the fest so you could get a small taste of what it was all about.

(NOTE: All ArtCars are copyrighted by their creators. You may use these images only for a non-commercial purposes and need to properly credit the artists. Thanks.)

















ArtCar Fest 2006 Day 1
Photo by Ken Duffy

ArtCar artists from all across the U.S. and Canada arrive at our rendezvous-point in San Francisco. This is Fest co-founder Philo Northrup in his newest car "Daisy Singer" followed by his "Truck in Flux".)



















ArtCar Fest 2006 Day 1
Photo by Ken Duffy

"Flutter Bug" by Konnie May and a new car I don't know the name of but I think the owner's name was Tim, and he traveled with "Shadow the Wonder Dog".
























ArtCar Fest 2006 Day 1
Photo by Ken Duffy

Here I am all bundled up in layers of pink because it was bloody freezing out at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, our caravan's starting point. Wind, fog, and cold were the order of the first day I'm afraid. I'm sure some of our out-of-towners were shocked to learn that not all of California is like Malibu Beach.




















ArtCar Fest 2006 Day 2
Photo by Ken Duffy

Our second morning started with coffee and muffins at Al Honig's art studio/gallery where we met his amazing robot-like sculptures. Afterwards we were treated to a "dinosaur" demolition derby by artist Tom Kennedy and friends that scared the crap out of all the ArtCar artists who's creations happened to be parked near the 1/2 ton flicking tail of one of the creatures. Sometimes art is very dangerous!



















ArtCar Fest 2006 Day 2
Photo by Ken Duffy

We then headed down to San Jose where we visited a school for 3 hours. Here you can see some kids giving the VainVan a close and personal going-over. I had to glue some of the toys back on it after they were done!

























ArtCar Fest 2006 Day 3
Photo by Ken Duffy

We spent our third day at the San Jose Museum of Art. It was our 4th year there I think...it's all a wonderful, colorful blur. Here's a shot of one of the more technically amazing ArtCars, "Carthedral" by Rebecca Caldwell.




















ArtCar Fest 2006 Day 4
Photo by Ken Duffy

Our fourth, and final, day of ArtCar Fest is spent at the How Berkeley Can You Be!? Festival. We're the grand finale of the Grand Parade and have been every year of our history. The two events have had a wonderful symbiotic relationship that grows ever stronger each year.



















ArtCar Fest 2006 Day 4
Photo by Lara 7

And finally, alas, Ken and I collapsed (actually we did several times over the 4-day-long fest. It's an exhausting, exhilarating, one-of-a-kind experience every time we do it. ArtCar Fest is a wonderful event that we love planning and participating in. I'll post more about it after I've recovered further. I have to say it's been a blessing to be away from newspapers and television for a week, a true vacation from fear, sadness, and suffering. You should take a break and make time for silly, joyful, fun too. It's a huge relief and strengthens you for the coming battles you face.

We got a bit of press for the fest at Inside Bay Area which has five local papers including the Oakland Tribune, and San Mateo Times. The San Francisco Chronicle, also covered ArtCar Fest as did several TV stations.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Paul McRae said...

Looks like you guys had a great time. I wanted to join you, but couldn't make it. Next year!

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