He gets his inspiration at his 200-year-old farm
Artist Aaron Hequembourg, from central Georgia, will be in booth 517 this year at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, this is Aaron's sixth year participating. He does a circuit during the year, showing at about 20 arts festivals around the country including Gasparilla in Tampa; Winterpark, the Smithsonian, Houston, Denver and Chicago.
A lot of the materials that Aaron works with is wood that he has salvaged from the farm he and his family live on. Most of it came from sharecropper houses that were taken down. The farm has been in his wife Hope's family since 1815 - it will be 200 years old this November. He also uses book pages and other materials he finds on the farm or on neighboring farms, he then engraves images into the materials. He was formally trained in engraving and printmaking on a scholarship to the University of Iowa.
He's won quite a few awards for his work at many of the arts festivals, including a few right here at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
"I began to produce work as a living a few years after college in 1989, I began to tour the festivals in the early 2000s as our family grew and my wife closed her gallery. In my current body of work my subjects are my neighbors,children and members of my community. Each subject receives 10% of the proceeds from each sale, many who need the support, it has changed their lives and mine."
Aaron with his four children and admirer, Martha Stewart.
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