Join myself and artists Doug Meyer of Rustbelt Rebirth and Eartha L. Goodwin this Saturday, September 28th at The Earth Fare Block Party in Fairlawn, Ohio. We’ll be showing art furniture, photography and more! I’ll be demonstrating live painting from 12 to 4pm. This may be the last opportunity for viewing my work in action before I head back to San Francisco in 2 weeks! As always, you can get a piece for yourself here in my shop, but I will be offering special deals to Akron buyers!
The Block Party will also feature a bouncy house, crafts, give-aways, and many local artists!
Here’s a few photos of what to expect:
“Rubber City Story” 24×48″ acrylic on sustainable board by Yabette
“Crab Claw” Oil by Yabette with Rustbelt Rebirth Cart
Table by Rustbelt Rebirth, photo by Eartha L. Goodwin
“Shark” 30×40″ oil by Yabette Alfaro
“I’ll Take This One Please” acrylic on OSB by Yabette
“Hometown Heartstrings” acrylic 20×16″on stretched canvas by Yabette
“Space Angels” 36×56″ acrylic on sustainable board by Yabette
Now be entertained by Juggler Ted and hire Eartha to make a stop-motion video of your special talents or party today! xxoo Yabette
Unexpected inspiration in downtown Canton happened yesterday. This place is known for The Football Hall of Fame, not public art. However, public art and a district of galleries and locally produced goods was a refreshing surprise tucked away in another industrial city of Ohio.
Upon my Canton visit with local delight, Jenny Spencer, I witnessed the art of Joseph Carl Close with this poignant metal and painted sculpture on a parking deck in the arts district alley. Executed with precision and depicting scenes of metal factory workers, political rebellion, native American traditions, and musical expression, this work speaks to the heart of rust belt residents. I was not immune to its energy of truth and beauty.
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of accompanying Yabette and her Swankettes (aka: models) Katherine, Eartha, Dex, and Andrew to the Lyres and Lace: Music and Fashion Show at the Swedish American Hall. For this show, Yabette combined her sustainable and up-cycled fashion pieces with hand-painted canvas corsets and patches, creating wearable art. When the crew arrived, we were immediately sent to a photo session set-up by the organizers. It was a bit chaotic, as all the participating designers’ models came in and out to have their photos taken before going on the catwalk. It was here that I got a really good look at Yabette’s work. Her goals for “Honoring Beauty, Earth, and Age” were well represented. Yabette’s artwork translates well to fashion because the expression of movement only enhances the beauty of her designs. She was unique in having the only male model and the only plus-sized model in the show. The setting of the Swedish American Hall was the perfect backdrop for this music and fashion show and we were really inspired by the environment, the musicians, and the other designers. Overall, the night was a smashing success.
See something you love? Can’t live without? All pieces are available for purchase at Swankety Swank.
Hey fabulous folks! Do you enjoy art, good food and shopping? Would you like to be a part of the exciting evolving renaissance of Divisadero Corridor? Make sure you mark Thursday, June 3rd on your calendar because it’s time once again for the Divisadero Corridor Artwalk and Swankety Swank is the first stop!
Come check out the amazing artwork we have on display! The painting above is titled “Nesting Among Lemons” and was created by the fantastic Kurtis Rykovich! We have two more pieces by Kurtis and you simply have to see them in person to experience their exquisite sweetness! We also have gorgeous oil paintings by Simone Coulars, men and women’s clothing by amazing designers like DAS, gibbous, Wayward Shifties, Zunique, Wysterium, and many more, feather hairpieces by Eileen, leather cuffs and belts by Project TransAction, and SF Weekly’s Best Local Skincare Line By Nieves! There’s much more to see and experience at Swankety Swank, so come on down to the Divisadero Artwalk and see for yourself! Thank you for supporting local handmade goods!
The San Francisco Examiner’s Samuel Fleming Lewis writes about Swankety Swank in his column this week! Check out the following paragraph and then go read the whole article!
“Yabette is a leader of a mini revolution. Everything in her store is handmade and produced by local artists and designers of every kind. Fashion, writing, illustration, craft, photography, furniture, jewelry, fine art and accessories are all part of the creative mix represented at Swankety Swank.”
Beltaine: When sky and earth collide, the fires of creativity are ignited…
Lords and Ladies, don your finery and join us on May 1st from 7pm until 11pm as we celebrate the Beltaine Spirit of Spring’s Awakening with Art, Fashion, Music and Revelry!