artomatic frederick has opened up to the public and i had the pleasure of visiting the other week. normally i participate in AOM, but due to time constraints and not enough new work to show, i decided to opt out this time around. nevertheless, i think everyone should check this show out if they are able.
there are lots of artists displayed at F-AOM, and in true AOM fashion, a few are superb, and many are mediocre at best. however, i didn't really see anything revolting or so terrible that it left a negative impression on me. due to the fact that AOM is an open exhibit (meaning not juried, so anyone who wants to exhibit is able), this is quite a feat in my opinion.
i did jot down a list of the standouts (again, my opinion only), and will share them with you below. if you plan to attend the exhibit and / or festivities at some point before the close date on november 6 be sure to check out their spaces. in no particular order, my top 10 of F-AOM artists that you should definitely not miss are:
1. jeff and kristin bohlander - www.jeffbohlander.net
installation of wonderful mixed media paintings by jeff and fabric vessels by kristin
2. krissy downing - krissydowning.com
large scale stylistic illustration-like paintings that are awesome!
3. jamie gerhold - jamiegerhold.theartistangle.com
a fellow savannah college of art & design grad who works in mixed media painting
4. cinnamonopteryx press - cinnamonopteryx.wordpress.com
illustrations of strange hybrid creatures - fascinating...
5. kristin partridge - kristinpartridge.com
alternative process photos - the real deal!
6. megan kreh - megankreh.com
very eerie photographs that captivate the imagination
7. katie giganti - studiosegue.com
large scale digital photographic based collage
8. annie & linda lunsford - annielunsford.com
illustrations that are quirky and amusing
9. jenn rinaldi - no site listed, but i found her here: https://plus.google.com/117603612166960552214/posts
a fellow holga shooter with a good eye for composition and details
10. michael auger - arty4ever.com
offbeat artwork that features black light activated displays!
see the full list of participating artists HERE.
(photograph by megan kreh, F-AOM exhibiting artist)
the majority of the artwork i've purchased has been a result of my visits to artomatic over the years. the displayed work is incredibly varied, and often extremely affordable. if you crave decoration for your abode, consider supporting local artists - they rock!
related: be on the lookout for a post coming up listing the artists whose work i've acquired, and who is on my scope for my future art purchases. ;)