Okay, let's go through the checklist. Rain? Yep. Darkening nights? You bet. School supplies piled up in the corner? Unfortunately.
Well, the signs are all there; our annual migration to the Valley is about to begin and, as always, the Alaska State Fair promises rides, sweets and exhibits, but does it really give us art?
Yes, the arts and craft exhibit takes up a whole lot of room, but when does a quilt go from being a bed spread to an art object? And how come one kid's wire horse come across as art while another's pony diorama just looks obsessive?
If ever a place forced a discussion of handiwork verses craft, and craft verses art, the fairgrounds is it. So head to the fair and let us know what you see. Do any categories present particularly fine examples of artful creation? Did you see any one wreath, bracelet or bowl that transcended its functional use?
Every arts nob wants to know, so comment below.