Our very good friend printmaker David Bigelow has been selected to be part of the inaugural
Yokohama International Open-Air Art Fair 2009, October 30 to November 1 in Yamashita Park. David, who now lives in Ozark, MO, with his wife Marcia, a former Michigander and University of Michigan graduate, was selected along with eleven other American artists. “It’s a great honor to be chosen among the first to represent American art to the Japanese in person,” says Bigelow. “I’m looking forward to seeing Japanese artworks firsthand, and meeting and working with other artists who share the same passion as I do.” David started exhibiting at art fairs right out of college. His finely detailed drawings and etchings have been a popular part of the Ann Arbor fairs since the late 1970's and they are widely coveted by the art buying public. The Yokohama Art Fair is co-hosted by
International Arts and Crafts Promotion
, a non-profit association formed in May of 2009, in cooperation with the City of Yokohama. In 2008 Midori Ueda-Okahana had been studying art in New Jersey and decided to visit the Ann
Arbor Art Fairs with the view of becoming a participant. When she arrived she was amazed at the energy of the atmosphere and determined to replicate it in Japan. “I just felt we, Japanese, need the power and the energy of the (Ann Arbor Art Fair) artists and the fair in Japan to change not only the art scene, but also the people, the society, and to free rigid minds by experiencing a variety of art work created by many individuals,” Ueda-Okahana says. Read the rest of the story here:
Japan's first outdoor art fair draws inspiration, artists from Ann ...
"Dust and Dreams" by David Bigelow
Anyone who has studied art knows the eminent place of Japanese artists through the centuries but there is not an art fair scene in Japan. Art is reserved for museums and galleries. This new event will give the Japanese an opportunity to interact with artists face to face, Japanese artists as well as an international group of exhibitors. Here are the rest of the artists recruited from Ann Arbor: Jenny Mendes, Julie Fremuth, Larry Oliverson, Michael Nemnich, Thomas Wargin and Tiffany Ownbey. Can't wait to hear the report! The organizers goal: We aim to facilitate rich life environment with art by bringing Japanese and American artists and community closer and creating a venue, where people can pick-up casually their favorite artwork.