Blue and red ribbon winners of photos and paintings —in a range of categories from mixed media, ink, watercolors, acrylics and more — have the option of selling their work at the auction.
“It’s a popular auction,” said Debi Mancusi, a Walworth County Fair superintendent of arts, crafts, photographs and woodworking.
She said the event, which started about seven years ago, draws dozens of bidders for hundreds of pieces of art that can range in price from under $20 to more than $1,000.
“This offers a way to recognize the artists and help with the investment they make, and it also gives the community some local artwork,” she said.
Sometimes, the auctioned art even has an unusual twist.
“Two years ago, one of the artists did a 3-foot by 4-foot painting of the Walworth County Fair with details that included the Charlie Daniels Band performing,” Mancusi recalled. “The artist then got Charlie Daniels to sign the painting.”
A photographer herself, Mancusi is amazed at the quality of the artwork at the fair.
“I don’t even paint stick people well,” she joked.