This is Randal Spangler. He grew up in the heartland of America, exploring his family's attic and barn and enjoying fresh, homegrown vegetables. Those experiences, in a quintessential American hometown, shape his creative view. So much that something as fantastic as a dragon in a library can seem oddly familiar. A cat holding a cupcake? Naturally. A fairy having tea with a dragon? Of course!
Randal's art is at once elegant and playful, appealing to a sophisticated adult as well as an imaginative child. And he's a really nice guy, too.
I also met Shengzhu Berdardin, a fabric artist. She dyes her fabrics in indigo, to create fabulous designs, then sews the cloth into beautiful handbags, totes and duffel bags. She's friendly and always ready to answer questions about her work. There's a series of pictures on display at the front of her booth, to show her at work on each step of her process. Her business is called True Blue, blue and white cloth art.