Nicario Jimenez is a mixed media artist born, raised and schooled in Peru, he now lives in Naples Florida and creates art called Retablos. Retablos are "sophisticated folk art" in colorful boxes. The figures are brightly colored figures arranged into narratives. The figures are made of a doughy combination of boiled potato and gypsum. According to his website, Jimenez uses only a piece of wood rather like a large toothpick to sculpt his figures. And, I imagine, has a very steady hand when painting. You just have to click to enlarge the photos of his Retablos.
Here's another example.
Even more miniature than miniatures. Astounding.
What seemed to attract the attention of men more than anything else?
A display of Cadillac Escalades. I'd have predicted the display cars would have been Prius's, what with the heavy "green" emphasis in Clayton these days. Heh.
Even the store fronts seemed like art.
This booth sold artistically made purses, or handbags. What was unique was the carpet laid inside the tent.
Very popular with many women, the guys said, "I'll meet you up at the corner." The corner had the Escalades.
The Forsyth stage was very colorful, but I took this photo because the man wiping down the chairs is from...Wait for it....Collinsville. ha
We had a short conversation and turns out his wife sings with the St. Louis choral group which was rehearsing behind the stage wall and he thought he would make himself useful. A good Collinsville man.
An important message in this next piece
Especially always be careful when you're taking pictures or you might find yourself reflected in the shot.
Did we end up buying anything? Yes we did. But not what I pointed out in last night's post. Similar, but not the same.