Make Art Fair

On the right, Michael Tankersley-Clark, Julissa Sanchez, and left, Sarah Tankersley-Clark as they make “pour” art at the Trinidad History Museum on Saturday, June 29. 

Over a 100 people converged on the Trinidad History Museum on Saturday, June 29, to make art. The event was the second annual Make Art Fair, run by the Arts Council of Trinidad.  All the fun was free of charge. The turnout exceeded last year’s estimated participation of 80 art makers.

Art makers were especially attracted to the most colorful media. More than 80 people tried their hand at “pour art,” instructed and assisted by a talented new artist in town, Leigh Elliott. Leigh mastered the technique and created a creative assembly line, taking everyone through the process of mixing and manipulating paint. She threw in some art theory along the way. One young artist was heard saying, “I’ve finally made something I’m proud of.”  

More than 70 participants tried alcohol-based ink painting, instructed and assisted by Jody Alford, an artist known for photography and stained glass. Alcohol ink painting could be done on either special paper or white pieces of tile. This exciting technique produces images of intense, translucent color, which can be modified by reapplying alcohol and applying more ink.  

Batik is a technique of dyeing cloth most developed in Indonesia, and dating at least to the 6th century. It involves applying molten wax on cloth and then dyeing the cloth, often multiple times. The Arts Council batik team was headed up by Bobbi Mosconi, president of the Arts Council, and assisted by Jenny Long. About 70 batiks were created and draped between huge trees to dry. These colorful clothes were like flags flying, enticing people onto the Trinidad History Museum grounds.

The calming art of mandala rock painting was brought back again this year by Joyce Miller, with assistance from Gayle Jones and Deacon Miller, who brought his experience as a tattoo artist to the table. More than 50 rocks were painted. Joyce demonstrated new techniques this year and provided examples to show the way.  

John Raggio, known to many as simply, “Raggio,” taught clay modelling and shared his unique take on everything artistic to 25-30. Raggio showed how to create forms using slab and coil methods as well as how to add texture and variety to clay forms. Raggio’s studio at 108 S. Commercial, is rapidly becoming a Trinidad institution, where Raggio’s art and intellect are on display.  

Rich Alford demonstrated the Islamic tradition of geometric design, inviting those willing to try their hand at creating a design, using only a compass, a ruler, and a pencil. This tradition dates back over 1000 years. Rich tried to impart some geometry along the way. A few were drawn to this craft, demanding care and precision, but most were not. Some used the designs as starting places, and went their own way. All who stopped by enjoyed learning about the practice and trying it out.

The Arts Council of Trinidad provided the staffing for the event, and financial assistance was given by the Trinidad City Foundation, Faragosi Farms and Phil Long Ford. The Arts Council would like this event to grow each year, serving more people and providing more artistic media.  They welcome your suggestions or assistance. For more information call Bobbi Mosconi at 720-988-8365 or Rich Alford at 580-665-9084.

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