Best Fiesta Display: Nicole Gonzales, Sweet Craft Jewelry

Things to eat that you can wear!  Conchas, avocados, maranitos, cupcakes, pizzas, fruits, muffins, corndogs!  Nicole Gonzalez, a 26-year-old native San Antonian, started Sweet Craft in early 2013 and hasn’t looked back.  As a baker, she thought a pair of cupcake earrings would be a great accessory.  Once she started wearing them, requests came in from people who wanted their own.  Eventually Nicole quit real food baking and became a miniature food jewelry baker.  The whole line is designed after many foods and sweets, each hand sculpted by her out of polymer clay.  Nicole loves her work and considers the tiny creations her muse and her passion. 

To see her sweet work visit etsy.com/SweetCraftJewelrySA. 

Best Booth Display: Martin Rangel

Martin Rangel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art the University of the Incarnate Word in 2013.  His work straddles the concepts of representation and abstraction.  Rangel is fascinated by iconic people and symbols of different generations past and present, and how they evoke different meanings in different people.  Images contained in his works include a mountain in Monterrey, Mexico, a bottle of Mexican Coke, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Bruce Lee, Mission San Jose, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, to name a few.  Martin is continually striving to become the best artist that he can be, constantly searching for the transcendent connection between art and its ability to evoke memory and emotion.  To find out more about him visit emmanuelsa.com.

Best in Show: Texas Photomontage, Carl & Elizabeth Crum

Carl and Betsy Crum vividly capture the pop-culture icons of Texas.  Their mission is to create art based on the signs, landmarks, terrain and ingenuity of the people of our state, showcasing the vintage and historical side of its past.  Since its inception in the early 1990’s, the Photomontage series has grown to include Austin, Bryan and College Station, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Big Bend National Park.  All prints are signed and numbered by the artists and are a limited edition.  Their work has been featured in Texas Monthly, The Star Times, San Antonio Home, Austin Monthly, 360 West and the Ft. Worth Star Telegram.  To see their work visit texasmontage.com. 

 

- Zet Baer