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A beautiful day for a bike ride to the farmer’s market & to see a Mermaid

January 30, 2010

After a week or so of intense rain, followed by a week or so of light rain and sunshine, we got out my bikergo and the trailabike for a family ride downtown to the Farmers Market and to see our friend Borbala Arvai’s “Hermit Mermaid” which was juried into the show at the Buenaventura Art Association Gallery at the corner of Santa Clara and Fir across from Plaza Park and the post office.

We enjoyed the diverse show which closes tomorrow and were tempted to take a few of the very moderately priced artworks home, especially Robert Wassell’s oil of a local mountainscape with pine trees priced at $275.

But we three agreed the most beautiful artwork there was Borbala’s “Hermit Mermaid” which is astonishingly detailed. Borbala uses felt and other natural materials to make her “dolls.” In addition to a variety of felted people, she’s illustrated a version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” aka “Blanca Nieves y los Siete Enanitos” published by csimota in 2009

Borbala has a number of other felt projects going including a book project with me as well as felting fairy dolls for Danika Dinsmore’s novel Brigitta of the White Forest which is coming out in March 2010 from en theos press.  She also accepts commissions. You can order Borbala Arvai’s work from her Etsy store.

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