It’s not everyday that something made in Aurora ends up on the Conan O’Brien show. So when Don Picton’s girlfriend, Joanna Goss, heard that his handcrafted, blue plastic Frankencutie was on the show, Goss immediately notified her friends via an excited Facebook post.
Soon after, several Facebook friends posted the video clip featuring Picton’s half-Frankenstein and half-doll toy sitting on the keyboard during musician Jenny Lewis’ performance on the late night show.
It was a shining moment for Picton, but it’s not the first time that he and Goss, both artists living in Aurora, have achieved recognition for their artwork. The creative couple has worked with popular podcast hosts, comedians, and retail stores.
But we can say that we knew them when. The couple started their independent art adventures shortly before the first Alley Art Festival in 2010. Picton will return for the festival’s fifth year, but Goss, a designer at Emerson Creek Pottery and Tearoom, will be busy at work.
Picton and Goss are among several talented, local artists who have shown their art and handcrafted wares on the last Saturday in August at Alley Art Festival in downtown Aurora.
Over 60 artists will set up along downtown’s Water Street Mall this year from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Not only will Picton’s Frankencuties be for sale, but Chris Hodge’s famed, whimsical prints will be priced to sell, along with Matt Cargill’s hand-detailed mid-century furniture, Jeff Weber’s guitars, Gail Chrisse’s steampunk jewelry, and more.
Alley Art Festival provides a great opportunity to meet the many artists who live and create in the Aurora area. Some operate successful Etsy pages, and some show their work locally and regionally at galleries and art events like First Fridays in Downtown Aurora.
I’ve filled my house with artwork that we’ve purchased at Alley Art Festival, and I never get so many compliments as when I wear jewelry by Valerie William, of St. Charles.
Whether you are looking to give a gift of silhouettes by artist Cassidy Alexander, decorate a room with one-of-a-kind watercolor pieces by Rosa Nevarez, or you want to get your hands on a Chris Evans original, Alley Art Festival is where you will want to be this Saturday.
Alley Art Festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Water Street Mall between Downer and Galena near City Hall. For more information about Alley Art Festival, visit Alley Art Festival on Facebook.