Beijing Swallow
November 26, 2008
Haynes Kite Art Gallery

About 20 years ago, AKA President David Gomberg added a kite art gallery to the annual convention. Of course, he didn’t do any of the actual work himself. But he offered the proposal to the Board, got their approval, allocated exhibit space, and formed a committee to manage it. The result is that we’ve had some amazing exhibits over the years ranging from Mikio Toki to John Pollock to Robert Trepanier to Tal Streeter.

The 2008 Convention in Gettysburg presented a program that ranks among the best. Featured artists were Glenn and Tanna Haynes of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania.

Guys and Dolls Guys and Dolls Guys and Dolls

Glen and Tanna are known for their stunning graphics, their immaculate appliqué, and painstaking attention to detail. Twice in the late 90’s they were named the AKA Grand Champion Kitemakers. And in 2001, the Haynes received the Edeiken Trophy as Kite Fliers of the year.

Lady of the Maori Lady of the Maori

Both of their top award-winning kites were on display in Gettysburg. We could get up close to see the Lady of the Clouds, and also the Lady of the Maori Sea.

Lady in the Clouds Lady in the Clouds

AKA competitions evaluate kites based on (1) flight, (2) appearance in the sky, (3) craftsmanship, and (4) artistry. It is nice to see stuff that fliers well and has such strong visual appeal.

Haynes Kites Haynes Kites

One of the details that set Haynes kites apart from many others is the intricate thread wrapping they use on spars. This is a technique borrowed from the fishing industry and involves decorating spars and lacquering the results. Click here for an example.

Congratulations to Glen and Tanna for a wonderful show!

Susie and I wish you all a gracious and happy Thanksgiving shared with those you love and filled with warm memories of the many things we all have to be grateful for.

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