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Alice L Lemke

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Has anyone tried putting their things into the county fair?  I had set a goal about 3 years ago to get a drawing in the El Dorado County Fair, then forgot about it.  Suddenly last month (May), I decided to check on the deadline.  With all the encouragement and instruction I recieved from I found I had a lot of work to choose from. With 4 days left to go, I mailed in my entry form for 10 pieces with their $4 each fees.  There are a lot of rules and one is that you can't put in anything that is from a class, or not original. so I didn't submit any of the video lessons. I shouldn't have worried, but I did.

For 2 weeks I worked intensely on my painting of the quilt, but it still wasn't finished enough by the last weekend and I still had to frame 4 paintings. Friday night I started the framing and getting things ready. I even printed professional looking labels for the back with the info.  I get all my frames from thrift stores. My husband is a great shopper and has found some really nice ones. I have a mat cutter and matted the ones that needed new matting. It was a requirement that all had to be framed and with a wire for hanging.

I finished early Sunday and suddenly got a second wind on my quilt painting when I found a frame and mat that was just perfect, already to go, in my collection.  I had given up on it, but by 10 that evening, it was ready too.

The over-achiever wrapped everything and even put paper "handles" around the wire of the heavier ones for carrying. That worked great! I was too excited to remember to take pictures of submitting the paintings.

The first day of the fair, here is a shot of about 1/4 of the art exhibit. I wish I had gotten one of the whole room. At least there was room to walk around and get back from the paintings, you couldn't do that in the photo exhibit.

As I walked in, this was the first thing I saw!  Wow! What a shock! Clarksville is an abandoned town near where I grew up, and I braved the stickers, bees and rattlesnakes to take the photos for reference. This was one of my first paintings done in Aug 2013.

(This is my 14 year old dog, Watson. He wanted to get into the photo)
Except where noted, I entered in the adult amateur watermedia division and you were allowed 2 entries per class.

1st & Best of Show - "Clarksville's Last Stand" - Scenes of El Dorado County (Pro/Am) (Done after PB monochrome cottage lesson)
3rd - "Back to Nature" (Apple Hill Driving Range) - Scenes of E.D.C. (Pro/Am)

1st - "Zoned Commercial" (old oak) - Landscape (I was shocked at this!)
3rd - Elbow Kay Lighthouse - Landscape  (I really thought this one would beat my oak) PB monthly challenge

1st - Ginger Flower (Paintbasket Monthly Challenge)  -  Floral/Still Life
2nd - California Poppies - Floral/Still Life (Done after PB Cosmos lesson)

1st - "Aunt Iris' Quilt" - Other
2nd - "In the Oaks" (birds in tree) - Other

2nd - "Last Light on Mirror Lake" - Mixed Media (Pro/Am)

Honorable Mention - "The Old Barn" - Drawing - (Paintbasket monthly challenge)

I wasn't going to put a pic of me in because I was a wreck with the heat and the wind and all the walking, but here I am.  I hope you liked this post and it inspired you to enter your county fair, too.  Next year, maybe I'll enter the state fair! 


I thought all I would get was a sticker, but as I collected my paintings and checked out they gave out the ribbons.  The winners got $10 for 1st, $6 for 2nd and $4 for 3rd place.  I won a total of $66. It cost me $40 to enter, then $16 for 2 to get into the fair, plus food. This was not a profit deal, but I did make my entry fees back, and that's what you want.  Yay! This was fun.

« Last Edit: April 19, 2015, 09:24:55 PM by Alice L Lemke »
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Reply #1 on: June 19, 2014, 06:18:31 AM
Dear Alice.

What a success story! What an inspiration!!   :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

You have done YOURSELF and PB proud indeed.  Your work is beautifully executed and
professionally presented.   Way to Gooooooooooooo.

Keep up the great work and on to the STATE FAIR !   :painting: :painting: :painting:

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Reply #2 on: June 19, 2014, 06:24:20 AM
Fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap: :yippee: :cheering:
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Reply #3 on: June 19, 2014, 07:17:56 AM
Wow Alice what a wonderful achievement, you must be so proud. Just goes to show what you can do when given the right tuition. That is just amazing :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:


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Reply #4 on: June 19, 2014, 11:13:33 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow Alice, thank you for posting.  Congratulations on your wonderful successes. You are indeed an inspiration to us all.   Patricia
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Reply #5 on: June 19, 2014, 11:16:00 AM
Alice, you must feel so happy and inspired to continue with your art. As one who teaches writing, I appreciate the illustrated narrative you have provided for us here.

Onward...and congratulations!

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Reply #6 on: June 19, 2014, 12:14:16 PM
Alice how awesome this is. I am very proud of you.

:cheering: :cheering: YOU GO GIRL!!!! :cheering: :cheering:
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Reply #7 on: June 19, 2014, 12:39:12 PM
Wow that's impresive Alice....Congrats :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:


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Reply #8 on: June 19, 2014, 02:43:28 PM
Why am I not surprised?  ;) Your work here has been impressive all along.  :congrats: for having the courage to enter. Well-deserved ribbons!


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Reply #9 on: June 19, 2014, 03:39:45 PM
You don't look like a wreck at all!!!  More like someone who won best of show plus some!!!  Congratulations Alice-you did good!  :yippee:

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Reply #10 on: June 19, 2014, 04:36:00 PM
 :congrats: Alice on your acheivement/winnings.   iI also took the time to view your album.  Wonderfull work.  :clap: :clap: :clap: 
 :thankyou: for sharing with us, it sure is an encouragement to all of us.


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Reply #11 on: June 19, 2014, 09:24:59 PM
Congratulations Alice!  Delighted to hear of your awesome success.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #12 on: June 19, 2014, 09:31:04 PM
Congratulations alice i am so very pleased for u. you certainly
are an inspiration to us all  :cla :clap:p:


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Reply #13 on: June 19, 2014, 09:33:37 PM
 :congrats: Alice


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Reply #14 on: June 20, 2014, 12:19:47 PM
I followed the link here from Facebook! glad I did!  This is so exciting!   :yippee:

Alice, indeed you are an inspiration for all of us here on Paintbasket.
You do wonderful work.  CONGRATULATIONS!   :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
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