Above: the meeting location for the Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. If you aren't familiar with the Fairgrounds stop at an information booth, pick up a map and look up U26/27 on the official Fair map. Copy this image to your computer and print it out so you can take it with you as a reminder, or call it up on your smart phone if you're all digital now.
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It's all set, it's almost here! The Fair opens on Thursday and runs through Labor Day. Go as many times as you want, but if you're a sketcher, be sure to make plans to attend on
Tuesday, September 1, 2015.
We'll have a meeting a 4:30 p.m. at the location "B" on the above map.
If it's raining on the day, go into the Agriculture/Horticulture building and move to the center hub of the spoked hallways. We'll meet there.
Join intrepid sketchers spread across the Fairgrounds, sketching everything that takes our interest. The Sketch Out is free (you have to pay your own Fair admission). All skill levels are welcome. (I recommend if you're bringing a child along to participate that you forego sketching and watch the child.)
All Skill Levels Are Welcome! If you don't come out and sketch live subjects you'll never get better at sketching live subjects. And where else are you going to find this many live subjects, in one place, at one time???
Each year we have people from the MCBA Visual Journal Collective, Urban Sketchers—Twin Cities, and MetroSketchers. And a bunch of non-affiliated sketchers who just can't help but join in the fun of capturing the "Great Minnesota Get Together" on paper.
Go early in the day and sketch your heart out, then bring your sketches to our meeting. Come later in the day to the meeting, planning to sketch afterwards. It doesn't matter, just get yourself to the Fair to sketch!
Sketching is an exciting, fun-filled way to experience the Fair in an extraordinary manner—by pausing in the crowds and chaos to take time to really observe closely.
If you are wondering what there is to sketch at the Fair, or you are unsure how to prepare and what to bring, I suggest you go right now to my Minnesota State Fair Round Up.
On that blog page you will find posts on how to sketch in public, sketch at the Fair, what to sketch, how to prepare for the event, how to dress, and how to pace yourself on treat consumption. You'll even find posts about whether or not you should bring a folding chair and suggestions for chairs should you decide to bring one. Other supplies and tools are also suggested. I want you to have the most fun at the Fair as possible—and I want you to get some sketching done.
Look, I can't make you have fun, but for the past six years I've tried to provide you with at least one really great opportunity to do exactly that. An opportunity to produce what might end up being your finest work! So come and join us for a seventh year of adventure. You'll end up with some great stories and fun sketches.
But wait, there's a button. Who doesn't love buttons?
We have a special year 7 button with a fabulous illustration by veteran Fair sketcher Ken Avidor. The MSFSO started because of a conversation Ken and Roberta Avidor had with me when we were all sketching out at the Fair. I'm so happy to have his art on this year's button because it's my final year as coordinator for this event.
Come to the meeting and get a button! If you see me sketching (probably in the animal barns!) swing by and ask for a button. I will have them with me.
To commemorate my final year coordinating the MSFSO I've also made another series of buttons summing up how I feel about the Fair. You'll receive one of those buttons too, when you attend the meeting.
I hope you are already packing your supply bag!
I'm looking forward to seeing you all sketching at the Fair.