We had a wonderful booth at the Iowa State Fair this year—we had an area about 35′ long and 6′ deep. You can get an idea of the space from the photo at right.
The Fair is totally different than a gallery show. You get to talk to everyone from all over the world, many of them attending because of the agricultural theme, which we incorporated into some of our artwork. I kept hearing that people hadn’t seen anything like this much cultural content in other state fairs they’d attended. (Of course, we were located in the Cultural Center!)
We did demonstrations at regular times throughout the day. This encourages people to come into the booth, and we give them a little instruction. This photo shows the “day shift” doing a painting demonstration—Karen is painting sunflowers, Pam is painting a pig, and I’m painting a cow. Part of the time I demo’d slumping acrylic—I put mittens on audience members and let them try it.
A couple of young boys stopped by who had just won first place with their pigs, so I helped them “slump” an acrylic pig! They were excited from the win and I interviewed them for KHOI‘s youth radio show, and learned about what it’s like to grow up on a farm. Their big brothers and sisters taught them how to clean and guide the animals to show them in a professional manner.