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Above: Click on the above invitation to view an enlargement. That's right, besides seeing the current crop art at the Minnesota State Fair, you can see crop art from past Minnesota State Fairs at Foiled Again Hair Salon. This retrospective show, Over 40 Years of State Fair Seed Art, runs from today through October 17. […]
Left: Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History, by Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky, image ©Coffee House Press. Read below for more details.
I can hear the groans of faithful readers as they click on the blog today, “Another Minnesota State Fair post? What has happened to Roz?” Well, this is after all a blog about my enthusiasms—but I have saved the best in the “preparation series” for last (notice I didn’t say “last Fair post”!): information and inspiration.
It’s time you looked at what other people are writing and thinking about the Fair. And there is no better place to look than Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History, by Kathy and Linda Koutsky. (Disclosure: the authors are my friends, but even if I didn’t know them I would have to own this book and give it repeatedly as a gift to people who haven’t yet caught the Fair bug, or who have but don’t know about this book.)
Above: My Egyptian Beetle Box, entry in the 2002 Minnesota State Fair Crop Art Show. The pale seeds on the top surface are sorted amaranth. That's right: sorted! (The larger pale seeds on the side are millet because I ran out of time to sort more seeds!)
Share Your In-Progress Crop Art!
Do you make crop art? Do you know what crop art is? (It's the art of gluing seeds to a board to create an image.) For a group of Minnesotans it's a highlight of our year. We work on our projects (for many different categories: unpainted, shapes, painted, objects…) often all year long, so that in August we can deliver them to the State Fair Grounds in St. Paul, for display (and possible prizes) during the State Fair.