By: Robert Dotson
The Millennium Art Festival is a congregation of artists and arts of all kinds. This 10th annual event set between Michigan Avenue and East Lake street the festival was located in the perfect spot of downtown Chicago with the light of the sun and the shadows of the tall buildings around it is the right place for people to come around and look at the top-ranked art and design show for this weekend. The Millennium Art Festival embodies Amur Productions’ dedication to creating an experience to explore the world of art. With the talents of over 110 juried artists this city-centric festival had something for everyone. Food, drinks and art to lighten up the day of the day of everyone that comes around to the festival.
The festival was more laid back, more casual and much more energetic than a gallery and did an amazing job of blending the creative spirit of the artists with Chicago’s urban streets.With tasty food, beautiful art and many people the heat is more than bearable with the lively atmosphere. There was a constant flow of people interested in the pieces that the artists had created with their passions. People were very interested in some pieces and some of them even purchased a couple of the paintings, ceramics and metal works.
The tents were all set up for each artist individually to better display their works. Much of the art was for sale and available at reasonable prices. The exhibitions that stood out the most were Time After Time Historic American Rephotography by Mark Hersch, The Metal Works of Chris A. Seeman, The Fruit Bowls of Justin and Melanie McKenney, the Black White and Color photographs of Marcos Minuchin. Each of these stands had very interesting pieces. Mark Hersch showed “pictures of the present with parts of how they would look in the past living side by side”. The metal works that Chris Seeman forged are all very interesting with some of them looking like “tribal masks” and others like “a mosaic of different metallic shapes”. Justin and Melanie’s “fruit ceramic bowls” were a stand out of the festival because they were bowls that looked like they were made out of fruits like watermelon and melon. Finally Marcos Minuchin’s photographs were very interesting and covered a wide variety of subjects such as a “samurai Boba Fett”, a “samurai Stormtrooper” and a “Ken doll taking an inappropriate picture of his pants”. There is something for everyone, and if nothing in particular interests you, you can still just look around until you find something.
All of these pieces and works of art are a clear view of the artists that created them. The people that come to the festival have the chance to experience all the different emotions that the pieces are meant to represent. In a way people and artists are able to get a chance to express themselves with these pieces, and most of the time the city is the muse for the artists’ works.