Personal Skills – Art
For those who enjoy a more creative outlet to express themselves, the Durham Fair has a variety of exhibitor categories to showcase their artistic talents. Come and enjoy each work of art, from traditional sculptures and paintings to New Age mixed media and computer generated graphics. With fun activities for the whole family including an “art detective” scavenger hunt for the kids and artist demos for the adults, you’re sure to find a masterpiece to make the Fair even more memorable.
General categories include:
- Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
- Drawing (pencil, colored pencil, pastel, pen & ink, charcoal, etc.)
- Portraits of people, flowers, trees
- Landscapes and Seascapes
- Farm Scenes and Still Lifes
- Mixed Media (2- or 3 dimensions)
- Eco-Art (using recycled materials)
- Humor in Art
- Folk Art (any medium)
- Computer-generated Art
- Art produced when 75 years or older
Special Categories for 2017 include:
- Cats: Any medium.
- Miniatures: Any medium, 3" x 3" x 5" or smaller (not including frame).
- Zendoodles: Patterned meditative drawing.
- 100 (to celebrate 100 years of the Durham Fair!): Submit something with 100: items, words, pictures, etc. Anything goes! Any medium.
Get updates from the Art Department:
2017 Demo Artists:
All demonstrations are located in the Art Department on the upper fairgrounds and are free of charge.
Friday 9/22, 2 – 6 PM
Saturday 9/23, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
A tattoo artist who is also a classically trained illustrator and fine artist, Cindy will be demonstrating her techniques in developing and sketching potential tattoo designs, some content as requested by customers. Cindy says, “I do take pride in the process of pulling the clients ideas together into art, and completing the visual in the clients mind. It’s a very time consuming portion of our job that not everyone realizes.”
Saturday 9/23, 10 AM – 2 PM
A past “Best in Show” winner, Adriana Wimler will focus on the differences between the three most common types of artist’s paint – watercolor, acrylic, and oil. She will be using a cow as a subject, celebrating the origins of the Fair and her family’s dairy farming history. Adriana’s demo will reveal how similar types of art media can create very different results.
Sunday 9/24, 11 AM – 3 PM
A teacher at North Haven Middle school, Betsy has been featured in an article on art journaling in Flow magazine (2011) and has artwork published in A World of Artists Journal Pages (2015) and in Portrait Revolution (2017).
Betsy will be leading demonstrations on two different topics:
- Hands on Painting: Guided by Betsy, use markers and watercolor paints to create your own unique tree portrait. Materials are supplied. Children 8 to 10 accepted with parental supervision.
- Sketchbook Journaling: Betsy started a daily journal on February 20, 2010 and the practice has become a bit of a ritual for her. Besty says, “I’ve created a page for each day. Some pages are not what I had wanted, but the freeing part is – there is tomorrow’s sketch waiting…”
Be an Art Detective:
Play our Eyeball Benders game and win a special detective badge.