One of the most anticipated events of summer in rural America is our local fairs... the County Fair is more than just a place to see farm animals, it's become a venue of competition for children and adults of all ages. No matter what your talents may be, there is a category for you to compete in. Whether you excel in Baking, Canning, Cake Decorating, Growing of Vegetables or Flowers, Arts & Crafts, Quilt making, Photography, Fine Arts, Floral Arranging, Wool Spinning & Weaving (the list goes on and on!) you have the opportunity to take home the coveted "Best of Show" prize!!
For the past several years I have been judging "Children's Fine Arts". I take this duty very seriously! Whatever I have to say about these kid's art work as well as what ribbon I award each piece has the potential to encourage or discourage fragile budding talents. There are two age categories, all work from an 8 year old or younger is given a "Rainbow" colored ribbon, but I do give each one a personal comment of encouragement. It's a little more complex for the older kids... I take into consideration their age and the work they have created before awarding them a Blue, Red or White ribbon. I have learned to always write something positive about their work before I attempt any technical criticism. As an artist, I am well aware that art is subjective... I do my best to keep this in mind and I strive to make this as positive an experience as possible for these young people.
Below are samples of some works of art that were entered this year.
|This was awarded the special "Judge's Choice" Ribbon|