Images by Jordan Oscar except middle, right by Cynthia Pegado
Fairy House Festival
August 15, 2020
Artpark's sold-out 10th annual Fairy House Festival was modified to include contact-free activities and featured a walk through tour of artist and community-created fairy houses, winding through the Artpark woods.
Visitors marvelled at the fairy house creations and enjoyed the whimsical and enchanting Artpark Fairies and roaming musicians outfitted in new costume creations by Uta Bekaia.
Featured artists included: Miggie Wong, Jeremy Grzybowski, Rachel Grzybowski, Robin Gabriella Damiano, Catie and Alexandria Dillemuth, George White and Marleen Stamp, WJ Hurley, Charity Huff, Tammy ODierno, Alexandra Lee, Casey Mark Shultz, Meredith and Samantha Phelps, Rylee Luczak, Candace and Leela Masters, Ani Hoover, Shasti O'Leary Soudant, Jesse Walp, Bethany Krull, Suzie Molnar Goad, Juniper Moon, Hilary McAndrew, Leeane Catanzaro-Banes and Leah Banes, Stephanie Kowalski, Megan Tenney, Andrew Palinski, and Color Constellation by Virginia Melnyk Designs
Uta Bekaia is a Georgian-born multimedia artist currently residing and working in New York and Tbilisi. After studying Industrial Design at Tbilisi Mtsire Academy, he debuted as an artist at AMA (Avant-Guard Fashion Assembly) with a sculptural performance. He creates performances and installations inhabited with wearable sculptures, exploring his historical cultural background, genetical codes and cycles of the universe. Currently he is a resident artist at ART OMI, New York, and in partnership with ERTI Gallery, Tbilisi.
Inspired by ancient mythology, fairy tales, Italian Baroque, and Georgian Dada, Bekaia with his exuberant, sculptural costumes, reinvents and re-stages long lost, never-before-documented rituals. Believing in genetical transferability of communal memory, Bekaia attempts to re-connect with ancient knowledge and impregnate it with his own experiences and new meaning.
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