Wonder Fair

Wonder Fair has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence Kansas art scene for the last five years. Encouraging new talent, promoting forward-thinking artists and providing Lawrencians with a one-of-a-kind retail environment. We’re proud to bring Wonder Fair to KC for this year’s Sip & Shop.

Who are you?

I’m Meredith, but I’m also the current head (or possibly arms or chest) of the volunteer Transformer-bot collective that makes up Wonder Fair: Paul DeGeorge, Grace Chin, Charlotte Pemberton, Reggie Herman, Maddie Lytle, Kylie Trunnell, Jordan Key, and Cameron Lamontagne, with special guests Dustin Williams and Kelsey Hunter (honorary members). Former cast include Eric Dobbins, Kelly John Clark, Lee Piechocki, and Jason Barr (amongst others!).

Why do you do what you do?

When I had to choose between pursuing my fancy doctoral degree in Art History and investing in wacky Wonder Fair with all of my heart, I chose Wonder Fair. The rest of this answer keeps coming across like a Socialist rant, so I’m just going to paraphrase by saying that we sell prints, prints are for the people, and so are we.

Explain what you do in 100 words?

Think. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Keep Trying. Believe. Never Stop.

How has your practice change over time?

In 2008 we were headquartered in a basement, since 2010 we’ve been on the second floor, and one day we’ll be street-level. Everything’s always changing at Wonder Fair both inside and outside. (We never move side-to-side, though; motion sickness.)

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I’ve worked in art museums for about 10 years in their collections, curatorial, and public program departments. I’ve taught undergraduate art history courses, and once did a brief stint as a “mad scientist” tricking kids into caring about polymers one summer. Other WF staffers moonlight as teachers, wizards, non-profit activists, illustrators, graphic designers, etc.

What food, drink, song inspires you?

P-I-Z-Z-A, both the food and the song.

[ed. note—for your enjoyment we hereby attach the song, or at least a slowed down version.]

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