For the ninth year in a row, Agora is bringing art enthusiasts together to observe and purchase hundreds of art works on Saturday.
But Agora isn’t just a small-scale quiet art exhibit. It embodies more of a party atmosphere. For this year’s event, around 200 artists and 450 pieces of artwork will be showcased on the walls and workspaces of Junctionview Studios, as well as appearances by eight different bands, six food vendors, ten craft vendors, art cars, a fashion show, a fire show, live comedy and an Instagram installation.
I was able to attend the preview event on Friday night and get a peek at all of the artwork that will be displayed and sample food from Da Levee, Lemongrass, Yogi Pierogi, and Pattycake Bakery.
I was immensely impressed with not only the number of works showcased, but the amount of talent and diverse pieces of artwork.
Just a few of the studios that stuck out to me included artwork created by Laurie Schmidt, Meredith K. Carr, Christine E. Miller, Christine D’epiro Abbott, and Brian Reaume.
An artist by the name of Laura Alexander, in particular, was extremely memorable. Her works weren’t paintings, or drawings, or photographs, or even sculptures. They were layers of paper cutouts to create unique shapes. It was unusual and innovative, yet gorgeous.
Another favorite artist of the night for me was Catherine Bell Smith. Most of her works were sculptures, but they were also unlike anything else that I had seen in the building. I spent more time analyzing the parts of those sculptures than I did on any other piece.
While I was there, I had the chance to talk to Adam Brouillette and take at look at his gallery as well, which was extremely phenomenal. His pieces of art, as he explains it, are “cartoons that are happy and fun.” I will say that just by looking at them, it puts a smile on your face. He said that one piece he has been working on will be displayed in the new Hilton Hotel Downtown.
Brouillette also informed me on a little bit of the history of Agora. He said that the first one was in 2006 and it’s been growing ever since. By the sixth Agora, the event had become extremely large.
Anybody can enter artwork to be displayed on the walls during Agora, according to Brouillette.
“We’ll accept at least one piece, they’re allowed to submit up to three, if the work is good, we’ll chose more, if the work is not so good we’ll just choose the best of their work,” he said. “The youngest submitter this year is five years old, and the oldest is 88.”
There are not many artist showcases that offer as much as Agora does. It’s a party you don’t want to miss out on.
The Main Event at Agora is Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 2pm – midnight with a $5 entry fee.
For the schedule of musical performances and more details go to www.agoracolumbus.com.