County fair art show features pigs, sheep and goats

“Clouds over PIRMI Rice Mill,” color photograph by Joann Dahl

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Do pigs that don’t smell, sheep that don’t need shearing, and goats that don’t munch on a carefully tended vegetable patch really exist? They do at the art, photo, and craft show at the Yolo County Fair. This year’s special theme is “Pigs, Sheep, and Goats,” and local artists and photographers have submitted dozens of photos, paintings, drawings, and prints of these loved but not always cooperative animals.

Most of the pictures are for sale through the silent auctions run by the Yolo County Friends of Art. In the Benefit Auction, all the money taken in will go to the art programs at local high schools. In the Artist’s Auction, artists pay a small entrance fee that is given to the schools. If fair-goers find a picture of an animal that they want to take home with them, they can make a bid at one of these auctions. Not only will they get an original work of art to hang on their wall, they will also be helping out others. Last year Friends of Art donated $1000 each to seven schools.

Images of pigs, sheep, and goats won’t be the only items for sale.  This year’s entries include art and photos of all kinds depicting farm machinery, barns and other structures, people, flowers, and more. In addition, three local artists will have extended displays.  Sandi Matthys, active in the Davis Senior Center art program as instructor and assistant, will have watercolor flowers and still lifes on display, plus some oils and collages. Woodland-based photographer Joann Dahl will exhibit photos taken at the Fair‘s Demolition Derby as well as family photos and farm machinery.  Craft artist Vicki Owens will set up several of her carefully detailed Fairytown miniatures, full of lots of creatures from people to dragons to wizards.

The exhibit also sponsors activities for artists and aspiring artists. Artists and photographers will be admitted to the fairgrounds at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, three hours before the gates formally open. They can wander around the tractors, livestock, flower, and vegetable displays with their paintbrush and palette or camera in hand, able to paint or photograph whatever strikes their fancy.

And people wanting to learn a new technique or just interested in how artists and craftspeople actually work, can watch a demonstrationThursday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m., craftsman Bill Ragsdale will offer “A Lockpicking Lesson for the Curious.” Friday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m., Kevin Roddy will show how he creates block prints, starting with a piece of wood or linoleum and ending with a print on paper.  His triptych of goats will be in the “Special Theme” exhibit section.  Saturday, Aug. 17, at noon, Karen Froyland, past photo editor of the Davis Enterprise, will offer critiques of photographs, and at 1:30 p.m., Lois Richter will return for a second year to show what different kinds of things artists can make with poured acrylics.

The adult art, photography, and craft show will be on display in Waite Hall. It’s open from 6-10 p.m. on opening night and from noon to 10 p.m. during the rest of the fair. If visitors want to purchase an item, they can place bids at the Waite Hall auction booth anytime the hall is open.  Final bids are due at 6p.m. Sunday.

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