|Best In Class Carving by Rob Lucci (2016)|
Me and the gentlemen I "encourage" took to the Erie County Fair that is held each year outside of Buffalo, NY. The Fair, if Wikipedia is to be believed, is the largest in New York State and the 3rd largest in the US.
Rob, Jim, and myself packed up some carvings and threw in with the Buffalo crowd for a good old competition and as you can see from the picture we had a measure of success. (Rob having the greatest success) Each of us was able to walk away with shiny new ribbons and also some extra carving money as well!
As you probably know if you are a regular reader of this blog I started mentoring these gents a few years back and man has it payed back in spades. I enjoy seeing their success and watching them grow in the art.
This year I estimate I will have been carving for ~ 25 years now, and through the years one thing I have noticed is the sense of family we Caricature Carvers share. As we all know times are changing with many interests trending towards the electronic age. Knowing this it is up to us to share our art and encourage others to join us. Who knows, you might get the same enjoyment I am getting while growing our family.
It's another hot one here in Western NY, sunny and dry...a perfect reason to sit in the AC and get some carving done. I hope you are doing the same!