Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I was honored to be a part of the Tomato Art Show at the Tomato Festival 
in East Nashville this year! Meg at Art & Invention Gallery puts on this yearly 
event, and this year was the 10th anniversary! My submissions included 
Delores Hardy, 1st place peach cobbler in the Jackson County Fair:

The making of Delores

Delores Hardy is the first painting of my new series "County Fair Winners."
I got the idea when I went to a county fair earlier this year in Florida. It reminded 
me of my childhood, attending The Mullet Festival each year 

(mullet = fish, but mullet can also = hairdo)

It is country!!
County Fairs have so many characters to capture! I conducted a grand search 
on the world wide web of county fairs all across the US, mostly in the rural South, 
on the hunt for characters to depict and pair with strange themes and winners of
the biggest vegetable, best corn, best canned beets, a rodeo queen, best dairy cow, 
and of course, peach cobbler.

I randomly googled the name Delores and there she was!

If you happen to be in East Nashville over the next couple of weeks, stop by 
the Tomato Art Exhibit!  It's at Art & Invention Gallery in East Nashville.  
1106 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206

Also featured at the Tomato Art Show are my Star Trek-themed tomato paperweights!

From left to right are Counselor Deanna Troi, Lt. Geordi La Forge, Lt. Whorf, 
and Captain Jean Luc Picard

Thanks to Meg & The Tomato Festival for having me exhibit my characters!