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A Closer Look at the 2016 Fair Poster

Fourth-generation Alaskan and artist Ruth Hulbert designed the 2016 Fair commemorative poster artwork, unofficially titled “The Work of Many Hands.” The poster’s quilt pattern includes eight squares, representing significant moments in each decade of the Fair, plus one square representing the Fair as an ongoing work in progress. Hulbert carefully researched the Fair’s history as part of this project, and her notes on each square are shared below.

Hulbert’s artwork is also featured on a quilt commemorating the Fair’s 80th birthday. The queen-size quilt, quilted by local quilter Kathy Rockey, is being raffled off to raise money for the Fair’s scholarship fund. The quilt will be on display at the daily quilt show in Irwin Exhibits during the Fair. Raffle tickets – $10 for one or three for $25 – will be available at the Main Office or at the Plaza and Irwin souvenir booths during the Fair.

Click/tap on each square for information on the decade it represents

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About the Artist

Ruth Hulbert was born and raised in Palmer. She graduated from Palmer High School in 2004, and studied art and dipnetting with WB (Brad) Hughes of Homer (who painted several popular posters for the Alaska State Fair). She graduated from Western Washington University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and painting, and got a certificate in natural science illustration from the University of Washington in 2013. She’s worked at Fireside Books, worked as signmaker for the Fair from 2005 to 2011, and painted the Fair poster in 2007, 2009 and 2015. Presently she lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she works in an art gallery as a picture framer.

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