Tour of State Fair: The Art Tents

Continuing our tour of the State Fair of Texas... The sights and sounds of the midway can be a little overwhelming... especially the sounds. And if you want to take a break from noise, one building is home to a quieter exhibit. It's where artists and craftsmen are honored in annual creative arts competitions.

Like many people, Mineola's Jane Barlow visited the creative arts exhibit every year. This year on a lark, she decided to enter some of her needlepoint in the competition. "I'd always enjoyed the creative arts building, I'd always enjoyed the exhibit, and when I had these pieces, I had finished a lot of pieces last year, it just was a way to contribute to the exhibit."

It turned out very well for Jane. She walked away with four first place ribbons, and a best of show award for the best needlepoint entry in the entire field. " I was just stunned. I decided I'm never entering again, I'm gonna see if I can go out on top."  As a lifelong needlepointer, Jane uses her art for relaxation. Her best of show bear took her a year and a half to complete. That kind of committment to detail turns the creative arts pavillion into a must see exhibit.

Jane is a member of the embroiders guild, and has taken classes all over the country to refine her art. Prior to the state fair, she had only entered her work once before in any competition. She says the needlepoint bear was intended to be a gift for her neice. However, they're okay with waiting until the fair closes.