California Arts Council

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August 24, 2009Mary Beth Barber

Fifth annual "Arts Day at the State Fair" on Saturday, August 29

Special music performances, awards for sculptor Clayton Bailey and painter Fredric Dalkey, and special visual arts "treasure hunt" for kids

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council will join the California State Fair for the fifth annual "Arts Day at the Fair" on Saturday, August 29, 2009. Festivities include chalk-art murals, performances by talented youth, a visual-arts "treasure hunt" for kids of all ages, plein air painters creating their work live, and a Golden Bear "Artist of the Year" Award presentation and special exhibit for sculptor Clayton Bailey (who builds life-sized robot sculptures) and painter Fredric Dalkey (a painter who will have his second retrospective at the Crocker Art Museum in the Fall).

The Golden Bear awards with Mr. Bailey and Mr. Dalkey will take place in the early afternoon in the Fine Arts Building at 1:00 p.m. (exact time subject to change). Performances by various bands from Cesar Chavez High School of Stockton will be on Center Stage starting at 3:00 p.m. And all day docents will give out prizes for those who complete the Visual Arts Treasure Hunt in the Youth Art Building, with one quiz for very young children, and another for older kids -- and adults who want to see if they are "smarter than a fifth grader" in the visual arts.

Also on hand for Arts Day at the Fair will be plein air painters stationed around the fairgrounds whose State Fair images will be for sale in the Fine Arts Building. Regular exhibits--open each day of the fair--include award-winning visual art in the Fine Arts and Youth Arts Buildings, creative arts and industrial technology education, and other exhibits related to the Fair's "Weird, Wild and Wacky" theme. More information on State Fair activities may be found at .

Biographical information on Mr. Bailey and Mr. Dalkey are below. Questions from the media may be directed to Mary Beth Barber, Communications Director at the California Arts Council at 916-322-6588 or Interviews available, especially in the early morning hours of the week of August 24-28, and may include visuals of the artwork in the Youth Arts building in background.

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Clayton Bailey (from website)
Clayton Bailey was born in Antigo, Wisconsin in 1939 and currently resides in Port Costa, California. A former professor of art at Wisconsin State University, he is now Professor Emeritus of Ceramics at California State University, Hayward. Bailey has received a National Endowment for the Arts Craftsmen's Fellowship and an Honorary Fellowship Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

In 1976 Bailey founded "The Wonders of the World Museum" in downtown Port Costa, where he lured tourists into the museum wearing a robot costume of his own design. Bailey builds life-sized robot sculptures -- more than 100 in total -- out of found objects. He says, "I like to build beauties and monsters. I want to build robots that entertain and educate."

(More information, photos and resume on Mr. Bailey may be found at

Fredric Dalkey (consolidated from a Sacramento Bee article from March 22, 2009 by Dixie Reid)
Fredric Dalkey, 65, is a Sacramento visual artist who has been an instructor at Sacramento City College for around 40 years, and first studied under artist and college instructor Gregory Kondos. Art experts consider Dalkey, Kondos and celebrated artist Wayne Thiebaud to be the "painterly triumvirate" of Sacramento.

From the Sacramento Bee: "Dalkey, the youngster at 65, had his first retrospective in 2002, at the Crocker Art Museum, where he once worked as a security guard. He, too, is a landscape painter, his work commanding $15,000, and also is known for figure drawings...."

"Today, Sacramento City College's art program is known throughout the country, if not the world - in part because of Thiebaud, Kondos and Dalkey."

(See full article. See a photo gallery about Mr. Dalkey from the Sacramento Bee.)

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair Eunice David, Michael Alexander, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton, Susan Steinhauser and William Turner.

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