INDIANAPOLIS - Well known Hoosier artist Douglas David loves the Indiana State Fair for all it has to offer: the people, the fun, the food! This year, he plans on taking in all 17 days of the fair, and he's looking forward to every minute.
Since early March, David has been working hard on "Farm to Fair," a 60-piece show of original oil paintings depicting Hoosier crops, livestock and food associated with the fair. The exhibit became possible after the fair received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of their National Food for Thought Campaign.
"I am excited to show almost a million people my interpretation of the fair," David said. "I believe my art will be important to people simply because they are Hoosiers."
David is a Hoosier himself, having grown up on a Howard County farm where his mother's artistic skills inspired him to pursue the path that has landed him numerous awards from organizations like the Kokomo Art Association, Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts and the Indiana Arts Commission.
Additionally in 2006, Governor Mitch Daniels honored David with the Distinguished Hoosier Award for his contributions in establishing the Indiana Governor's Residence art collection. From 2003 - 2008, David's art was on display before virtually every Hoosier as his design was selected by popular vote to go on Indiana license plates. Last year, Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard selected David among 300 national artists to receive the Mayor's Award at the Penrod Arts Festival.
It's possible many Hoosiers have already seen David's work, which has also been featured at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Honeywell Center in Wabash and other places, but this exhibit caters to fair fans and is sure to strike a chord with farm families.
All 60 pieces of this special exhibit will be displayed and available for purchase in the upper level of the Normandy Barn on the fairgrounds' north side. For David, it's the perfect combination: art, friendly people and fair food.
"Time for Fun"
A 20-foot-tall sculpture inspired by Renoir's "Dance in the Country" painting will provide a unique photo opportunity for fairgoers in the Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park throughout the run of the fair, Aug. 5 - 21.
Created by artist J. Seward Johnson and entitled "Time for Fun," the sculpture represents the free spirit of an uninhibited country dance. Johnson has created hundreds of life-sized sculptures that have been featured in private and public collections all over the world and has had his work on display in the Carmel Arts District for years. His "Time for Fun" sculpture is part of a more recent focus on renderings of famous Impressionist masterpieces.
"This kind of public art is a wonderful complement to all the other sights, sounds and activities we have around the fair," Cindy Hoye, the State Fair's executive director, said. "It's not only a great opportunity for families to capture a unique moment, but it will hopefully give fairgoers pause to consider the arts and, in particular, what this artist was trying to relate - a carefree time of fun for one couple."
The sculpture is on loan from California-based The Sculpture Foundation, a not-for-profit that encourages the placement and sharing of public art.
"These two have a joy of life that comes from no disguises, no restricted clothing, all purely in league with the music," said Sculpture Foundation spokesperson Jenée Castellanos.
About Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers since 1852. Admission is $7 in advance, $8 at the gate - kids 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit http://www.indianastatefair.com/.
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