Art with fun

One of the things I like to see at the State Fair is the California Fine Art exhibition. It’s interesting to the creativity that artists express through paintings, sculpture and, of course for me, photography. Perhaps to go along with this year’s theme of weird wild and wacky, there seemed to be more entries than usual that exhibited a whimsical sense of artful play.

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/ 2.8. ISO: 200)

Terrence Martin of West Sacramento entered a piece titled “Up To My Neck.” It was a representation of a giraffe’s head and neck made from scrap metal and appeared to be nearly 10 feet tall.

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)


(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

Aaron Buehring of Sacramento had a work that was actually an imitation of a famous work of art. He recreated Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night with bottle caps in a piece called “Recycled Night.”

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

Even Clayton Bailey of Port Costa who was selected co-California Artist of the Year, had works of fantastical fun . On display was a trio of his appliance-like metal robots with cartoonish faces.

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/80th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

The crowd pleaser was an incredible display by Rohnert Park artist Scott Weaver. “Rolling Through the Bay”, was a montage of San Francisco and surrounding attractions made entirely of toothpicks. Weaver was on hand to show off the piece and estimates that he used about 100,000 toothpicks held together with Elmer’s glue.

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/80th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

On the sculpture, Weaver constructed tracks, also out of toothpicks, so that he could roll ping pong balls through five different “tours” of the city. All of The City’s highlights are represented, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, the Palace of Fine Arts, BART, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown, the TransAmerica building and other features too numerous to mention.

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/40th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200)

He said it took him about 3,000 hours of work over 35 years to build. That’s a big chunk of one’s life to commit to one project. I was left to wonder, what does he do with his time now?

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