I get excited about the California State Fair! I love state fairs and think I’ve been to Fairs in 6 states. It’s perhaps a cheesy, expensive and dying event, but how can you resist fried food, blazing heat and every type of person in one place? It is almost always unbearably hot since it’s held in July, but it was a balmy 92 for me this year. The Fine Arts and the Crafts buildings are the first places I visit-gotta see the art and quilts!
Near the entrance there are two golden bears and there are always some cute kids climbing them (the California state animal is the Grizzly bear).
There are lots of benches, cool shade and misters all over-a nice touch.
When my boys were little we would get a zillion tickets and hit the Midway. I miss those days!
It can’t be a State Fair without the hawkers! Did you know for the mere price of $15 parking and $17 admission, you too can: win a vacation, a motor home, a hot tub, a truck, a car, stuffed animal, a room in a hotel, car rental and a vacation condo! And let’s not forget the opportunity for streakless glass, to get rid of psoriasis, the bags under your eyes, and your wrinkles.
And surely you need a whole house fan, information on the political parties, jewelry, sour cream based dips, jewelry cleaners and gizmos that shake the fat right off of ya! But the one that kills me is the huge amount of floor space devoted to…..mattresses! Do people really throw the kids in the car, pay a zillion dollars to get in and then slap their foreheads and say, “Babe, let’s get a mattress today!”?
There are always people on stilts walking the fair. This little guy was trying sooooo hard to high-five the walker! Super cute.
So the real reason why I go… Fine Arts:
Forks, Knives, Spoons on Yellow, Cecelia Gandre. Ah, beauty in the ordinary.
Recess in Manhattan, Bill Chiechi. There was unavoidable glare on most framed art, so try to look past that. I just love this scene. I am such an urbanite that I am intrigued by the thought that this is their playground!
David, Margarita Chaplinska. No information on the card. Such a striking image.
Falling or Flying, Tony Nguyen. Dunno-what do you think? I think they’re flying.
Tree of Life, Vincent DiLeo. This is a conceptual photo based on photos DiLeo took last year at the Fair of people on the walk-away. It seems very ominous to me.
Morning Light, Katherine Plumer. This is a drawing (!) based on a photo of a friend’s dog laying on the bed as the sun streams through the Venetian blinds. Sorry for the glare of lights on top, but I love this image!
On to the Crafts building… A word of explanation. I guess the Fair has limited resources and the Crafts building really shows it. The displays are jumbled together and many of the works were just impossible to see and/or photograph. The signage is impossible to read. I saw all of the displays but may have missed something divine due to the layout.
In the Wearable Arts area:
I happen to recognize this as Connie Horne’s work but I could not locate the sign. This is one of my favorite coats that I’ve seen of Connie’s-love the flared sleeves and over-sized center placket.
A Tribute to Koos, Dee Cavanaugh. Really fabulous in person. Probably my favorite piece of Dee’s also.
Hidden Treasures, Tonja McCarthy. Tonja’s coat won Best of Show and it was stunning. Oh the detail, yet cohesive piece. I absolutely hated the way this was displayed-graphic work behind, many things in front of it. I know, they do have a limited budget…
Salesman Sampler, Mary Boyer, made from up cycled samples, beautifully integrated.
On to the quilts…
Golden Days, Providense, Inger Blood. Inger had several quilts in the Fair that all ribboned, these are just two in the Two-Person Art Quilt Category. Inger did the exquisite quilting. Her other quilts were obscured by other items-the Fair does have a limited budget…
I couldn’t see the card in my photo but it is by Jan Soules. Love her masterful use of color.
My Modern May Basket, Sherry Werum. Beautiful quilting and gorgeous design based on a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
Our Trip to the Galapagos, Cathy Brorby. Beautiful, original applique and embroidery.
Floral Fantasy, Shireen Hattan. Lovely applique and just the right amount of quilting.
Going Around in Circles, Jan Soules. Masterful use of prints and color.
And not that I’m bragging, but many of the items displayed were from members of my home guild, the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild, just sayin’! I didn’t get to all the normal plant and animal exhibits I usually go to as I had an appt later in the day:-(
I’ll link up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday!