So, I’m a member of Olathe Visual Artists (OVA) and they’re putting on an art fair this summer. I wanted to post this call for artists here to help spread the word. Feel free to share this post with anyone you think might be interested.
So, the reason I drew the Ogerita trolley car in the first place was to donate its limited use to the Olathe Station Art Fair. This is a street fair put on by Olathe Visual Artists, a group I’m a member of and serve as the webmaster for. They had a trolley on their material last year, because it’s held on Strang Line road, which was named after a historic interurban railway line that ran more-or-less through there from 1906-1940. Plus, the shopping center was named Olathe Station Shopping Center. So, the trolley theme was pretty obvious. But, unfortunately, the trolley image they used last year was not accurate. (No disrespect to the artist, she definitely knows her way around Illustrator better than me, but she wasn’t familiar with the material.) I knew I could do better, so I did. The Ogerita was one of the first two trolleys on the line and ran for only two years from 1906-1908. It was gas electric, so had no trolley pole. But it is the cutest one, with it’s short length, rounded windows, and decorative railing.
Anyway, this is one of the new logos for this year’s fair. It’s to be held on May 18th and 19th at the Olathe Station Shopping Center. 10-8 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. This is the second year it’s running and it was pretty good last year, especially for a brand new fair. I think it’ll do even better this year.
I also sold (at cost) three prints of the Ogerita to the Overland Park Historical Society. Those should be hanging in their museum somewhere by now. They are also big on the Strang Line over there. I was pretty happy about that.
Prints of the Ogerita are available at my Zazzle store. And I’m sure OSAF merchandise will be available before long as well.
A drawing of the old stone building (mill?) out at Lake Olathe south of Dennis where Cedar Creek flows under the bridge into the lake. This is to fill an art challenge for the Olathe Visual Artists Association (OVA).
I originally tried to do this as a full-color digital painting, but working on it just felt like pulling teeth. When I started over and decided to try with thin brown lines instead, something just seemed to click. I’m not sure if it’s that good, but it satisfied me so much more than a painterly, colored piece would have.