TroyFest Honors Festival Pioneer Folk Art – The Troy Messenger
When the TroyFest Art Festival 2021 kicks off on Saturday in the square in downtown Troy, 60 artists will exhibit and sell a variety of handmade and handcrafted items in a variety of categories including painting, pottery, graphic design, drawing, sculpture, functional and decorative crafts, photography and folk art by Jean Lake.
The last category is certainly not the least.
“Jean Lake’s Popular Arts category is very special for our festival,” said Morgan Drinkard, TroyFest Arts and Crafts Promotion Chair. “The Jean Lake Folk Arts Division honors the incredible Trojan folk artist Jean Lake and, with the festival’s legacy involving so many talented folk artists, we want to make sure this category is always filled.
Drinkard said folk art is by definition self-taught art and can embody so many different styles and types of creative expression.
“We are both expecting new artists in this category like Lou Hii, and we welcome some of our dear friends who have been in this category for many years,” said Drinkard.
Lou Hii is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, and her designs are created through a series of sketches.
“The sketches are hand cut with an X-Acto knife and special tools on black paper,” Drinkard said. “The finished cuts are glued and glued with colored paper in the background. His work is incredibly unique.
M Hakima from the Wise Angel Gallery in Flomaton works with Grumbacher oil paint on canvas, using a variety of colors.
“Abstract designs explore the depth of texture and space,” said Drinkard. “The drawings use pencil, ink, paste, pencil and charcoal.”
Scott Mc Queen of Northport said folk art takes viewers to a place where emotions are invoked and the mind is stirred.
“It’s pretty cool to bring old barn wood, rusty pewter, car tags, barbed wire, etc. to life. “Taking rusty, weathered scrap metal and creating art is a lot of fun and extremely rewarding. In fact, all the effort is just a kind of mirror reflection of my own life, shaped and shaped by my faith in God. My work is constantly changing shape and fashion, and so do I. “
Drinkard said folk artist Troy Wally Lowery and Blockhead Arts of Oneonta are also favorites among those who collect folk art and those who are new to the primitive style of art.
“Jean Lake Folk Art honors the folk artist from Troy and the pioneer of TroyFest, which is a premier art festival in central Alabama,” said Drinkard. “We are looking forward to a great arts weekend on Saturday and Sunday and invite everyone to downtown Troy for TroyFest 2021.