2018 ART BARN PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS
The judges, they judge, but the people, they also have their say at the Art Barn during the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. The People’ Choice award at the annual county Fair are always the most coveted.
People's Choice award winners and the category for which they won are:
Courtney Jennings was chosen for Children's Arts and Crafts.
Jade Kennedy won the Student Photography category.
Johnna Leonhardt was the Adult Amateur Arts & Crafts People's Choice award winner.
Heather Way and Terri Rust were tied for the Adult Amateur Photography award.
Dani Czuprynski was chosen for the Professional Arts & Crafts Division
Michael Beatley won for Professional Photography.
In the new category for Decorated Piggy, the Winner was Quincy Provisions.
In addition to the honor of being selected for this award each of the winners will receive a beautiful ribbon and a cash award or Town Hall Theatre movie passes contributed by Plumas Arts.
Plumas Arts coordinates a massive volunteer effort each year to accept, hang and docent the Art Barn for the duration of the fair. Plumas Arts is extremely grateful to the dozens of people that make the Art Barn display possible. “We certainly could not do this without the hands and help of so many that make this possible,” says Roxanne Valladao, Plumas Arts’ Executive Director.
Art Barn coordinator extraordinaire Maggie Hennessy shows off the completed "adopted pigs" under the new canopy of white lights.
THE ART BARN IS A LABOR OF LOVE
“Fair management has told us for many years that the Art Barn at the Plumas Sierra County Fair is the most popular attraction,” offers Plumas Arts Executive Director Roxanne Valladao.
Plumas Arts has long been the primary coordinating entity behind getting the Art Barn ready for the enjoyment of fair-goers of all ages. The monumental task of getting all the art accepted and up on the walls and docenting during the fair requires many hands and hundreds of volunteer hours to accomplish. Interacting with entrants is a massive public relations effort as kind-hearted volunteers work to resolve issues of late entries or corrections to the final log books that are used for judging.
But the real heart of the project is Maggie Hennessy.
Hennessy has been contracted by Plumas Arts to coordinate, design, and execute the art display since 2014. For her, it truly is A Labor of Love. “Each year Maggie adds another special something to her efforts showcasing the creative talents of the dozens of individuals who bring their precious creations for judging and display,” adds Valladao. “This year she added strings of lights to form a ceiling canopy, and perhaps the most fun is the Animal Adoption Corral.”
For the last several months the paper has announced a campaign to “Adopt a Pig” for $25. Funds collected go into an account for the Art Barn, which funds the additional niceties that have done so much to improve the visuals of the displays.
Once “adopted,” new “parents” are tasked with the decoration of the blank plywood cut-out to make their little piggy a thing of beauty. Decorated pigs are on display in the Art Barn during the fair in the Animal Adoption Corral. A special thanks goes out to Matt McMorrow who cut all those little piggies out of plywood.
And what will be up for adoption next year? Well, Maggie says, it might be roosters.