Trends are for suckers; beauty is where you
find it, and respect for the craft is a must.
Art is a personal thing.
Sometimes you buy a painting because it will look great on
your wall and matches the couch perfectly. Maybe those
earrings are just too pretty to pass up.
Or maybe there's something
about that drawing that just speaks to you.
Whether you're looking for a
glass vase or a new necklace, the Broad Ripple Art Fair
offers pieces to fit everyone's lifestyle.
Meet these three artists, and
head over to their booths at the fair for a closer look at
When people started
commenting on Anita Gogulis-Danenman's jewelry, she knew she
was onto something. After taking a metalsmithing class in
college, Gogulis-Danenman began making her own jewelry.
"I starting getting
compliments," she said, "and people wanted to buy it and it
snowballed into this."
Gogulis-Danenman, who started
college as a fashion design major, works from a home studio
where she incorporates semi-precious stones into silver and
gold, creating ultrafeminine pieces with an almost
"Sometimes it looks like
something you might dig up in pirate treasure," she said.
"It's pretty-princess jewelry, some of it."
Though she makes a variety of
styles, Gogulis-Danenman said pearl necklaces are her
"These are not your mother's
pearls," she says of her lariats.
lets her 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter help out,
but prefers to keep her family time and work time separate.
"Having a good family behind
you is like winning the lottery jackpot," she said. "Money
is nice. It can make you more comfortable if you're
miserable or unhappy. But nothing is worth more than having
a good family behind you."
Her tips for buying
• Beauty is in the eye of
the beholder. Jewelry is very personal, Gogulis-Danenman
said. "It's kind of like a reflection of someone's soul."
• Don't confuse handmade
with homemade. Jewelry-making isn't some hobby that
artists do for fun. It's a serious craft and art medium that
involves plenty of time, effort and tedious work. So keep
that in mind when you pick up a pair of handcrafted earrings
from a booth.
Goodly drawn boy
Josh Johnson, illustration
Josh Johnson has always been
a doodler. Since he started using a pencil in the first
grade, Johnson has been drawing.
"There were a few of us that
were considered the artists," Johnson said. "Not because I
was a child prodigy or anything. It was a small school, and
there was a marginal interest."
By high school, though,
Johnson began taking art classes as electives, and by the
time he made it to Indiana University, he'd made the
commitment to art and regularly produced a cartoon for the
And while Johnson has grown
from a grade-school doodler to a professional illustrator
and cartoonist, writing and illustrating books and comics,
he doesn't necessarily classify himself in just those terms.
printmaker, writer, bookmaker, cartoonist -- no one word
sums it up," Johnson said. "I suppose I defy
He's been known to produce
large, abstract watercolors as well as small, books
hand-printed with a letterpress.
But an old 1920s letterpress,
he said, is the most unique process he uses, mixing the
utilitarian and production elements of the machine to
produce fine art.
His tips for buying
• Go with what makes you
feel good, not what a magazine or other people say.
"Everyone has different needs," Johnson said. "Some people
need something to match a color scheme. Some people need
context. If people say it is 'in' or 'hot,' move on."
• Realize the value of
illustration. "Illustrations and illustrators are
generally not given as much credit as other artists, when in
reality, there are some illustrators that are some of the
most talented artists . . ." Johnson said. "Artists were
commercial until the mid-1800s, when the concept of the
'artist' came about. The Sistine Chapel is nothing more than
a commissioned illustration."
Handles with care
Ryan Gothrup, glass artist
The 28-year-old originally
attended Herron School of Art and Design to pursue
sculpting, but fell in love with glass after taking a class
at the Indianapolis Art Center. He transferred to Kent State
University to finish his degree and now teaches adult and
children's classes at the center.
Gothrup loves to incorporate
his sculpting background with his glass-making abilities,
creating mixed media sculptures and trying to find ways of
pushing the limits. "Sometimes you'll see something and
wonder how on earth they did that," Gothrup said. "And
that's coming from someone who's familiar with the medium."
Aside from the bigger
projects he works on, Gothrup creates everything from vases
and goblets using classic Italian techniques to
collector-friendly balls and flowers.
While he can create balls in
just a couple of minutes each on the pipe, his fine art
works are much more time-consuming and costly. And unlike
other media, when glass breaks, there isn't much you can do
"Sometimes things will crack
right on the pipe," Gothrup said. "Other times, you'll put
it in the oven to cool and it will come out broken."
His tips for buying glass
• Pick it up. When
people look at his work, they're often reluctant to touch,
fearing they'll break it. But Gothrup said it's just like
picking up a piece of ceramic. "People will have no problems
picking up a piece of pottery," Gothrup said, "but ceramic
breaks just as easily as glass."
• Go with your gut.
Most people are attracted to glass because of its color or
form. If it matches your couch, go with it. Even better if
it just speaks to you.