Personal Skills – Art

Art Cow

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
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Folk Art (any medium)
  • Art produced when 75 years or older

Special Categories for 2019:

  1. 100
  2. Miniatures
  3. Robots
  4. Fair Animals
100 Theme ideas

Kindness Rocks Instagram Contest

Throughout the fairgrounds, we will have 50+ hidden painted rocks that have either inspirational quotes or beautiful designs on them. Post pictures to win prizes!

  1. Post a selfie with a rock & use the hashtag #DurhamFairArtRocks
  2. Replace the rock in the same spot for others to find
  3. Post 1 pic for a small prize, 5+ pics for a bigger prize
  4. Collect your prize at the Art Dept / Creative Arts Building
  5. A special prize will be awarded to the person with the most posts by 4 PM on 9/30/18
  6. HAVE FUN!

2019 Demo Artists

All demonstrations are located in the Art Department on the upper fairgrounds in the Creative Arts Building and are free of charge.

Matt Garrett: Hand Woven Whips

Friday 9/27, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday 9/28, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Matt has been making whips since 2016, after being inspired by the Indiana Jones movies. He makes many different types of whips, such as bullwhips, stockwhips, and snakewhips. Standard lengths range from 6 feet to 12 feet, or whips can be custom made to a specific length. All Matt's whips are hand made, with great pride of craftsmanship.


Chase Richards: Sculpted Dinosaurs

Saturday 9/28, 4 – 5 PM and 6 – 7 PM

Chase has always loved dinosaurs, and is inspired by new scientific findings and by seeing skeletons – figuring out anatomy based what is known about animals that exist today. He taught himself to sculpt, and his knowledge of dinosaurs and their physiology helped him make realistic sculptures. But with his wild imagination, and with creature design being one of his specialties, he started to make sculptures that followed scientific accuracy but with an imaginative flair. "I like to add a lot of details and color so that when you look at my creatures you can visualize their presence. I want the animals to feel like it could exist in this world, yet have a fantasy element to them."



Betsy Titus: Words and Watercolor

Sunday 9/29, 2:00 – 3:00 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 demonstrating "words and watercolor." The activity will focus on hand lettering techniques on small cards using sharpie and then applying some watercolor to decorate.


Be an Art Detective:

Play our Eyeball Benders game and win a special detective badge.