Fun Times at the Utah State Fair 2015
I was surprised earlier this year when I went to the mail box and discovered a letter from the director of the Creative Arts Division of the Utah State Fair. The envelope contained an invitation to be the Directors Invitational Artist for the 2015 Utah State Fair! What a huge honor. How could I not accept such a great experience? Here are some photos of the display presented for this invitation.
In 2014, the staff of the Fair asked me to offer eggshell carving demonstrations on a few different days. I am told the experience was very popular so they asked that I offer them again this year for as many days as I could fit in my schedule. so from the 14th of September until the end of the Fair I am offering the opportunity to try your hand at eggshell carving.
Some of the happy visitors and their creations from Monday September 14
Tuesday, September 15th was filled with intermittent gully gushing rainstorms with thunder and lightning. Some folks braved the weather and came out anyway. One visitor in particular will leave a lifetime impression in my mind because he was blind. He so wanted to experience a carved eggshell so I had him feel (see) an egg I had previously carved. This only raised his interest. As I have helped many small children carve simple patterns in eggs by guiding their hands, I thought I could do the same thing for this kind and gentle man. It was so powerful to see his happiness when he completed his piece and felt (saw) his creation. If no one else were to visit the booth for the rest of the week, I would still remain thankful for being there because of these few minutes shared.
Wednesday, September 16th held a day of rain and unseasonable cool temperatures. Only a few visitors to the Utah State Fair were willing to go out this day. We still had some fun with those who did brave the weather. One young man created a gift of love for his heart’s desire and a friendly woman gave her efforts to replicating a pathway egg. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Thursday, September 17th began with a few sprinkles from the sky but quickly cleared up. The Fair had a steady flow of patrons. Many questions were answered and quite a few eggs were carved. A couple of folks decided to improve upon the beginner design I normally use and with much success. Congrats and thanks to all who visited.
Friday, September 18th, Wow! the Utah State Fair was in full swing. Beautiful fall weather and Friday. The visitors were non stop with school groups occupying the morning hours. Questions abounded, I thought I might lose my voice but we all got some cool projects completed and one of a kind souvenirs were created.
Saturday, September 19 was another beautiful day at the Fair, perfect fall temperatures and visitors galore. The questions came all day long and more great egg art was created. One couple created a gift of love that was really inspiring which showed great creativity. A bunch of friends stopped by as well. Tomorrow will be the last day of this event. I wonder what surprises we will see.
Sunday, September 20th marks the end of the Utah State Fair. What a run we had. Many fun people stopped by to visit and to make some egg art. Two most common questions: “Are they real eggs?” and “How do you empty them?” For the record, yes, they are real eggs and I do not empty them. I purchase my eggshells already empty from The Eggery Place. The shells are emptied through a small in one end either with suction or pressure (water or air). The tool I use is the Paragraver from Profitatable Hobbies. I offer much gratitude to all those from the Utah State Fair who made this opportunity possible. Additionally, Many thanks to all the visitors who made the days at the Fair so enjoyable.