Collection found in art studio of artist Judith Funkhouser including Chinese ink paintings, oil paintings, guache paintings, encaustic paintings, abstract paintings on paper as well as a collection of Chinese images and artifacts from the Ella V. Bowering Collection. Information on organizations such as the Chinese Culture Connection and Chinese Painting Guild and friends of the artist.
A traveling carnival is an
amusement show that may be made up of rides such as the ferris wheel and merry
go round, food vendors, merchandise vendors, and games of chance and skill.
Players won prizes in games
such as throwing darts at inflated balloons; tossing rope ring over wood
figures or bottles; having the spinning wheel of fortune stop at your lucky
number; and knocking a painted canvas clowns with a baseball.
In the early 20th century inexpensive
plaster of paris items of all sorts, produced by immigrant families, were
awarded as prizes to lucky winners of games of chance at carnivals. At first the molded pieces were painted
by hand. By the 1920’s the pieces
were airbrushed with the aid of stencils.
These were usually painted with gaudy and bold colors. After 1930 glitter was used. To help
protect the pieces a layer of varnish was sprayed on the finished object. Those
that have survived the duration of time are avidly collected today. They are called Chalkware.