Bright white tents filled with local artisans’ work dotted the lawn of Playground Park a couple of weeks ago for the annual Green Lake Fine Art Show.

The white tents looked like they were glowing against the deep green of the grass, trees and bushes in the park and vibrant pink and purple flowers filled the planters on the park’s bridge.

The dulcet music of Dan Braaksma’s acoustic covers of classic rock and country music rang through the park as the Puchyan River that cuts the park in half babbles in the background.

All together, the Aug. 14 and 15 at Playground Park was something right out of a painting, but what is inside the tents is the real beauty.

Back in June I wrote about my trip to the Princeton Flea Market and my love for outdoor summer markets and craft fairs.

For the past few years, I have made it a summer tradition to go out and explore flea markets and craft fairs in my area because I love walking around a park in the morning and finding unique treasures.

So, when I began writing for the Green Laker back in spring and heard of the Green Lake Fine Art Show, I immediately marked it on my calendar with the intent to check it out once it was finally happening in August.

I’ve been collecting artwork for a while now, so I wanted to find something fun and unique at the art show to add to my growing collection.

When I arrived at the show the morning of the first day. I was surprised by how many artists and the variety of work that was presented at the show.

I went through the route of the show, looking at each vendor about four times before deciding on what to buy.

I saw some artists I recognized like Tammi Ross and her blown glass work from RossHaven Gallery Art in Princeton.

One of my favorites was Gregory Frederic of CrewlArt’s acrylic paintings. He makes large intricately detailed and intensely colored abstract paintings that often include images of instruments and people.

There also was some amazing ceramic work at the show with some really cool bowls and mugs.

After checking out the various artists and assessing what I can buy within my budget, I chose a print from Just Buzzin by Jared Breyfogle.

Breyfogle makes some fun, brightly colored apocalyptic-style paintings and resin collages that he describes as “weird art for weird people.”

The print I picked out is titled “Charging Death” and looks like a neon underwater coral reef with a skull hooked up to some kind of machinery.

Breyfogle’s handle of “weird art” definitely fits his pieces. I really enjoyed work because a lot of it featured creatures and objects completely made up in his own mind, which makes his art very unique.

I had a great time looking at all the artwork and chatting with the artists at the show and I’m glad I got a unique piece to add to my growing art collection.

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