OPEN CLASS
Department III - Open Class
Division D - Open Class Art

Diana Fairbanks - Superintendent 360-878-9529 olyimages@comcast.net

  1. Complete the Exhibitor Card that may be obtained from the Fair Office or at the Sokolik Building the day of the Fair entry. You may use a "return home address label" for those sections requesting your name and address.
  2. Artwork must have been completed within the past two years, and not previously entered in the Thurston County Fair. Plein Aire at the Fair entries must be completed on the day of registration and entirely on the fair grounds. Painting.JPG
  3. Exhibitors are limited to three pieces of artwork each, on a first come basis, space available.
  4. All entries must be original, they must be the Exhibitor’s own work, and may not have been created in whole or part by anyone else.
  5. All hanging artwork must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. Artwork may be unframed if it is made on a "gallery wrapped" canvas with all edges painted by the artist. No saw tooth hangers or clip frames. Entries larger than 21" X 27" overall size, will be accepted subject to space availability.
  6. Entries deemed unsuitable may be refused for display at the discretion of the superintendent.
  7. Judges will be professional artists selected by the Olympia Art League. Judges decisions will be final.
  8. The Youth Class will be subdivided into three groups as follows:
    • Up to 7 years of age
    • 8-12 years
    • 13-17 years
  9. The Adult Class is divided into amateur and Semi-professional/Professional. An amateur is a beginner painter, hobbyist, or casual painter who has not won an award at the Fine Arts Pavilion and does not offer their work for sale nor show their work in shows or galleries. Work must be original (i.e., may not be copied or closely based on copyright protected work). A Semi-professional/Professional Artist is an artist who exhibits their work and offers it for sale. Work must be original, (i.e., may not be copied or closely based on copyrighted work).

Judging: The Youth, and Adult amateur classes will be judged on the Danish System. Each piece is judged on its own merits against a point system. As many blue, red, white, and honorable mention ribbons will be awarded as are merited within each class. Each piece is judged on originality, creativity, composition, and technique. The Adult/Semi-professional/Professional classes will be judged on the American System. Each piece will be compared to all others in the category.

Special Awards
TWO PEOPLE’S CHOICE RIBBONS WILL BE AWARDED EACH DAY OF THE FAIR: ONE FOR YOUTH AND ONE FOR ADULTS. A work of art may win only one People’s Choice ribbon.

THE OLYMPIA ART LEAGUE WILL SPONSOR CASH AWARDS FOR THOSE IN THE ADULT CATEGORIES FOR:

  • Top of Show - $75
  • Best of each group within the two exhibitor classes (Amateur and Semi-professional/professional) - $25

Bring entries to the Fairgrounds between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, July 27, and 11am to 3pm on Sunday, July 28. Two dimensional art that is not properly prepared for hanging will not be accepted.

Pick up artwork on Sunday, August 4, last day of the fair, 8pm to 9pm and Monday, August 5, noon to 7pm. Claim check is needed to pick up artwork.

CLASS 1 - YOUTH
CLASS 2 - ADULT AMATEURS
CLASS 3 - ADULT PROFESSIONAL/SEMI-PROFESSIONAL

POINTS: BLUE - 50  RED - 30  WHITE - 15

LOT

  1. Drawings in pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pen & ink, crayon, and scratch board.
  2. Paintings on paper using water media, such as watercolor, acrylics or gouache.
  3. Paintings using oil or acrylics on canvas or other non-paper surfaces
  4. Paintings in pastel
  5. Graphics (etching, lithograph, collograph, serigraph, woodblock, etc.)
  6. Mixed media (two dimensional) This category now includes work entirely and originally composed of mixed materials and securely attached to a substrate or anchor structure. Fragile mixed-media work will be accepted at the discretion of the art Intake workers. Secure wall hanging hardware must be Installed on all work In this lot. Maximum dimensions for 2-D work apply.
  7. Miniatures. Art in any of the above categories that has no greater dimensions than 5" X 7", including mat and frame.
  8. Three Dimensional (sculpture, pottery, mixed media)
  9. Digital Media. Two dimensional artwork using a substantial element of digital media. Please include information on software, equipment, printing process and/or other tools used for this work with your entry.
  10. Re-Invented Art. Artwork which uses substantial (at least 50%) recycled materials for Its creation. Entry must describe type and source of recycled materials. Maximum dimensions for 2-D work apply.

NOTE: If there are too few entries in any of these categories, they may be combined with other painting categories.

Mangathon Drawing Event
Friday, August 2 from 10am to 2pm

A table with paper, pencils, and markers will be available along with basic Instruction in drawing Manga characters for beginners. Finished full-page manga images will be displayed following the Mangathon.

Awards for best artwork will be made by age categories:

  • Up to 7 years of age
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Ages 13 - 17
  • Adult (18+)

This work will be judged by an artist selected by the Olympia Art League.

Plein-Aire at the Fair
Each day the fair (except the last day) will host a "Plein-Aire at the Fair" artmaking competition. Subject matter will depict places and activities occurring specifically within the fairgrounds site. Adult Amateur and Professional/SemiProfessional artists of Thurston County are eligible for this competition. Artists must register at the Art Pavilion in the morning of the day they wish to participate.

Then they must complete a 2-dimensional work of art that is at least 8"x10" during that day. The work must be returned to the Art Pavilion by the end of the day: it must be signed and dated. Any medium which can be produced entirely on the fairgrounds is permitted. Completed works do not have to be framed for this category.

(Plein-Aire Artists must observe all safety guidelines regarding animals, equipment and personal and visitor safety when working on the fairgrounds. For that reason only clear aerosol fixatives and will be permitted for plein-aire work and must be applied outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Artists will be responsible for their materials and equipment while on the fairgrounds.)

Daily awards for Plein-Aire artwork will be made by selected jurors: one 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award will be made for all entries, regardless of amateur or professional status, each day of competition.