Yesterday I went to pick up my paintings from the Imperial County Fair. I often enter about 10 paintings but this year only had four that fit the categories well (you can only enter two in each category). I was pleasantly surprised to find that ‘Arrows‘ had won 3rd place in “Non-objective or abstract paintings, any media”, and “Hope Rising” had taken 1st place in the same category.
Following the county fair, one of our local museums, Pioneer’s Museum, hosts the first and second place winners in each category, so I had to run off to drop Hope Rising at its next venue. My good friend Ginger Ryerson who curates the art wall there and the art shows was there for the intake. Hope Rising is a heavier piece so I helped her hang it.
When I went to pick up my paintings yesterday from the Riverside County Fair – also the National Date Festival, I had a nice little surprise. Of the three paintings I entered, two came home with ribbons, and I came home with a nice little check. ‘The Setting Sun’ had taken an honorable mention in the Theme of the year, non-traditional, and ‘Gentle Storm’ had taken first place in the same category. Well, the theme of the year was clouds….
Two winners at the National Date Festival. Oooh, look at that big fat bow.
The county fair in a predominantly agricultural county may seem an odd place to display art, but as the description suggests, we do have culture along with our ag. Some years I’m available on take in/pick up dates, others not and I have to skip a year. This year the stars aligned. I thought that seeing as I was going to be making the trip twice I would make sure I entered as many paintings as possible, so I entered ten.
I won ten ribbons! Not the best of show, but in their categories I got three firsts, three seconds and four thirds.
Back at the beginning of June I won 2nd place in category (Mixed Media) at the Thousand Oaks ArtWalk. But their ribbons were on back order so all I got was a piece of paper. Well, the ribbon finally came through. It reminded me of the song ‘Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree’ from back in the (ahem) 70s. Now, if only that piece of paper had my name spelled correctly on it…..
Last Saturday I got a call to say I had been taken off the waitlist for the three day Indian Wells Arts Festival – and here I am in a great space! Well, here the booth is – I’m behind the camera.
Jeni Bate at Indian Wells
The interesting part is that my booth has an unusual fung shui water element – a fire hydrant in one corner. I later received a ‘virtual ribbon’ for not complaining about the hydrant. Like what are they going to do – move it??? I put the mat bin in front of it.
Refractured watercolor with texture
Later in the afternoon, the oblique light across two of the paintings showed their texture to the best advantage.
Although I don’t enter a lot of competitions, I’ve won a few ribbons over the years at galleries and at the county fair. Last Saturday at Thousand Oaks was the first time I’ve won a ribbon at an art fair. And it was a good one. Best of category – Mixed Media for the refractured watercolors.