FAI MUSIC FAIR ART GALLERY
Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - midnight/Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Featuring artwork for display and for sale created by our members and performing artists. Special “meet the artist” sessions and musical performance will be scheduled throughout the event. This gallery is FREE and open to the public.
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LEGENDARY MUSIC ICON & ARTIST TIM KERR @ THE FAI MUSIC FAIR
FAI is pleased to announce the confirmation of the legendary Tim Kerr as a participant in our first FAI Art Galley located in the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel during the annual Folk Alliance Conference, Camp and Music Fair. The Gallery will be free and open to the public. Growing up on the Texas coast in the 1970s, artist/musician Tim Kerr's early creative outlets were playing guitar and surfing. Kerr later found skateboarding, art and punk rock, eventually forming the most recognizable band in the Texas scene: the Big Boys. Kerr's fluidity in music, surfing and skateboarding all seem to inform his artwork; in every medium he immerses himself in, there's a painterly looseness and flow that is rhythmic and soulful.
HOWARD RAINS BRINGS WATERCOLOR TO THE MUSIC FAIR
Howard Rains is an artist navigating two very different disciplines: he is a fiddler and watercolor painter. As a fiddler, he has made it his mission to keep alive the old time style of Texas fiddling; as an artist, he documents his impressions of traditional musicians with his unique paintings. The New York Times has called Rains “an authority on old Texas-style fiddling” and he has performed and taught at festivals and music camps across the United States and in Europe. Howard travels with his wife and music partner, Tricia Spencer, making music and documenting his fellow musicians, always drawing from life and being inspired by the music. He has been awarded grants and artist residencies both for his art and music. When not traveling to play music or paint some old fiddler’s portrait, Howard splits his time living in Lawrence, KS and Austin, TX. In Howard, there is an effortless melding of folk art and folk music in a way that is rarely seen.
SAM BAKER MUSIC & ART AT FOLK ALLIANCE
With his raspy, almost spoken word vocal style and his literate, poignant, and carefully observed songs that grapple with the beauties, complexities, and little tragedies of this world, Sam Baker has much in common with other Texan songwriters like Robert Earl Keen, James McMurtry,Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark, although his approach to narrative probably comes closest to an artist like John Prine. Baker grew up in Itasca, Texas, a prairie town southwest of Dallas and Fort Worth on Interstate 35. He was exposed to a wide array of music as a child (his mother was a local church organist), not the least of which was his father's collection of country blues artists. The defining moment in Baker's life came in 1986 when he was traveling on a train to visit Machu Picchu in Peru. A terrorist bomb exploded on the train and Baker was gravely injured, losing most of his hearing and suffering serious injuries to his left arm. He had 18 corrective surgeries performed on him over the next decade at hospitals in San Antonio and Houston, and the consequent physical, emotional, and spiritual journey Baker experienced helped him form his quiet and passionate view of the world. Baker had to completely relearn how to play the guitar with his mangled left hand, and singing was extremely difficult for him because of his severe hearing loss, but he overcame these obstacles to develop his uniquely hushed and quietly powerful performance style.Baker has self-released three critically acclaimed albums, 2004's Mercy, 2007's Pretty World, and 2009's Cotton, all of which make up what he calls his "Mercy Trilogy." Baker's fourth album, Say Grace appeared in 2013. (All Music Guide)
FAI WELCOMES THE ART OF DANIEL JOHNSTON
The FAI Music Fair Art Gallery is proud to present the artwork for legendary musician and artist Daniel Johnston. His artwork is shown in galleries such as in London's Aquarium Gallery and New York's Clementine Gallery. Both in 2006, and the 2008 Liverpool Biennial. Currently his work is being exhibited as "The Museum of Love" at Verge Gallery in Sacramento, California. Daniel Johnston has spent the last 20 or so years exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing international cult audience. Initiates, including a healthy number of discerning musicians and critics, have hailed him as an American original in the style of bluesman Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams. A number of artists -- among them the Dead Milkmen, Yo La Tengo, the Velvet Underground's songs. And he as collaborated with the likes of Jad Fair (a founding member of Half Japanese, who've also done Daniel's songs), the Butthole Surfers, Bongwater/Shimmydisc guru Kramer, and members of Sonic Youth. Daniel gained his widest public exposure to date when, at the 1992 MTV Music Awards, Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain (who constantly touted Daniel in interviews) wore a Johnston T-shirt.
KC'S BOB WALKENHORST BRINGS HIS ART & MUSIC TO THE MUSIC FAIR
Bob Walkenhorst is a Kansas City-based singer/songwriter/musician/painter. After growing up in his hometown of Norborne, Missouri, he became a founding member of Midwestern U.S. groups such as Phantasia, Trizo 50, Steve, Bob & Rich, and the popular roots rock band The Rainmakers. In the Kansas City area, he currently gives weekly performances and participates in art gallery shows. As the singer/songwriter of his most well-known band, The Rainmakers, from 1986–1996, his discography included five full-length studio albums, one live concert recording, and one "best-of" album. After the dissolution of the band, he released his first solo album, The Beginner, in 2003. In 2009, he teamed up with fellow Kansas City musician Jeff Porter to release an album entitled No Abandon, under the moniker Walkenhorst and Porter. Throughout his career as a musician, he has maintained a reputation for producing clever and provocative lyrics, which have garnered him wide critical acclaim. Walkenhorst hosted and helped in the production of a number of educational videos, including "Growing Up", a set of teaching videos on puberty for school-age children.
NATALIA ZUKERMAN ART AT FAI
Diverse songstress and painter Natalia Zukerman discovered her initial artistic inspiration from an unlikely source. “I was terribly dyslexic as a kid and couldn’t read (books or music) until a pretty late age. I learned to play music by ear, and I learned to write by copying the images I saw. Over and over and over again. The capital letters B and E, the numbers 3 and 4, they became almost abstract shapes.” In the 4th grade, while studying the Ancient Egyptians, Natalia used the skills she had learned from dealing with dyslexia to recreate a near exact replica of a wall painting from a pharaoh’s tomb. This was Zukerman’s first painting. Natalia went on to study visual art at Oberlin College where her lessons on the Chicano Mural Art Movement opened up a whole new world. Zukerman then became fascinated with California’s community artists, including artists like Judith Baca and Susan Cervantes. After relocating to San Francisco, it wasn’t long before Natalia found herself imbedded in that community, later starting her own mural company, Off The Wall. Zukerman now resides in Brooklyn and balances her time as a nationally touring musician and an acclaimed painter and muralist. She often overlaps her two disciplines by creating album art for her own music as well as other artists including Willy Porter and Winterbloom, Natalia’s holiday group with Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson and Antje Duvekot.
KC ARTIST SUZE GROEBNER
Suze is a contemporary conceptual modernist, whose use of bold color, shape and her own hand written word, often result in images that take on a story telling quality of inner landscapes and thought. She works in layers of mixed media. The first layer, or foundation, is writing - hand written thought. Every foundation is unique to each individual piece and typically consist of prayers or letters. Sometimes both. She likes to think of her pieces as covert prayer flags sent out into the world. When not working with groups and individuals as a psychologist, Suze has spent the last thirty years in the company of a few internationally acclaimed and highly collected artists. In her own words: “To describe myself as a, ‘self taught,’ artist would be thoughtless as it has been my very good fortune, over the course of my life, to have met a hand full of incredibly talented individuals who generously allowed me to observe, listen, ask questions and learn. I feel profoundly blessed to know that before becoming mentors, these artists have been my friends. I continue to spend time with and learn from masters.”
Kyle Taylor is a multi-discipline designer based out of Memphis, TN. His passion for music inspires most of what he does. "Album covers, branding, illustration, packaging, web, posters, t-shirts, murals...How can we take a strong message or powerful image and make it enormous or make a thousand of them.” Some of his inspirations include mid-century modern design, pop-surrealism, Wayne White, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Tristan Eaton, Stax-era music, Anthropologie (or his own personal take on it - “Manthro"), just to name a few of the big ones. Currently he is working on creating an initiative to bring together high-school students from around Memphis to design and paint murals on blighted buildings in the inner city. "I’m not in the art business as much as I am the problem-solving business. Memphis is a post-industrial city with lots of big walls, and big struggles to go with them, so it seems like the right thing to do.” For this year’s music camp, Kyle has designed a series of limited-edition screen prints to commemorate the event.
Matt Hawkins is a papercraft artist, cartoonist, banjo player and a incessant doodler living in Kansas City. His love for music and particularly the banjo are often subjects of his whimsical papercraft artwork. www.custompapertoys.com RYAN WILKS This collection captures the feminine power I have always tapped and has always been my main source of strength. www.Wilkspainting.com CHAD ELLIOTT Chad Elliott (Coon Rapids, IA) Songwriter, painter and author Chad Elliott has had the honor of working with world famous sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. Elliott recently released an illustrated book of childrens songs, Wilderman’s Treetop Tales.