Sunday, May 16, 2010

Artsplosure in Raleigh

Yesterday, I attended Artsplosure, an arts festival that takes place in downtown Raleigh every year.  This was the first year I got to attend, and I was definitely up for some sun and inspiration.  Moore Square and the City Market area of downtown were blocked off completely.  All one could see were tents upon tents of artists and their work.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  It was a beautiful day, but it was so hot outside.  (Hard to believe that we're still in spring.)  But I didn't let the heat get me down.  How could I with so much local art to see and explore?

Jason's Rendition of Art

Jason's artistic shot of me and Jeanine

Raleigh Acorn!

Jeanine's artistic shot of me and Jason

Although much of the work that was on display was beautiful, only two artists really grabbed my attention.

The first artist was Eddie Maier of Eddie Spaghetti Art.  When I arrived at his booth, he was giving a demonstration of how to create an ink print using organic materials like a stem of grass.  (He even let me try my hand at it!)  His work consisted of single wood block prints and the use of reduction printing.  When I reviewed his portfolio of work, I was drawn to his ability to make earthy and organic drawings.  I've always been drawn to printing and would love to try it one day.

Eddie Spaghetti Art

Eddie Spaghetti Art

The second artist I encountered was Yvonne Miller of Four Footed Art.  Her booth was filled with so much color and texture that I just had to purchase a print!  Although she primarily paints pet portraits, her other work is just as vibrant and fun.  And did I mention she was super friendly as well?  A portion of the proceeds she makes from her art goes to the Atlanta Humane Society.

Four Footed Art

Yvonne Miller's Art

Yvonne Miller's Art 2

If you have the opportunity to go, make your way down to Artsplosure.  You never know what treasures you will find and which new artists you will come to adore.


"The artist's world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, 
far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep." 
- Paul Strand


  1. Wow, that looks like such a great event! Looks like you had fun too :)

  2. Oh, I had a blast. :)

  3. Hi there, I just wanted to peek into your blog world and it is LOVELY! Looking forward to being classmates in "Flying Lessons."-Robin

  4. Aw, thanks, Robin! Looking forward to the class, too. I'm SO EXCITED. :)

  5. Hi Diana, just flew over from class to check out your blog. I love the pictures, looks like an awesome event. Looking forward to getting to know you. :)

  6. Hi Diana -
    Like everyone else, I'm blog-hopping over from Flying Lessons, and I like your work!! I've never been to Artspolure, but we aren't too far apart. I'm in Charleston, SC! Class starts soon!

  7. Dear Diana, you have such an amazing inspirational space here! i am loving it. :) Such a wonderful event and i wish i could have a chance to visit this art festival! Thanks so much for sharing it here with us! I feel so very inspired! Looking forward to connect with you on our flying e-course! Have a lovely merry happy sunday and love to yoU!




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