Ginger Vernon happily walks around the garden art display Friday at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Rose Ballroom pointing to her favorite pieces, saying each one has an identity of its own. She makes her way to a two-foot tall standing yellow bird, quirky enough to attract anyone’s eye.
“They’re whimsical. They stand up tall and it has a character and personality,” she said. “You have a butterfly flying a kite over there and here is a frog doing some fishing. It is just funny and it makes people laugh and that’s what I like most.”
All the metal “yard art” at 4 Seasons Decor is hand-made and most is hand-painted. Vernon, an interior decorator by profession, said she began attending harvest festivals with different homemade items when she came across her first yard art. She said the difference in her two jobs is vast.
“This is a lot easier. I put it out and you are either going to like it or you won’t,” she said. “It is a cash and carry type of thing whereas (interior design) is custom and you have to worry about designing, fabricating, delivering and installing.”
Vernon hails from Sanger, Calif. and spends much of her free time traveling to craft fairs like Crafts for Christmas. She has participated in several California fairs, but enjoys coming to Nevada shows such as the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Candy Dance Faire (Genoa) and some in south Lake Tahoe.
“I really enjoy being able to travel and be on the road because I meet a lot of interesting people and get to know them a little bit,” she said. “It can also be very challenging to come to shows like this.”
Vernon said she finished her Thanksgiving dinner Thursday evening and immediately left for the Nevada state line. She began setting up her booth at 2:30 a.m. Friday and said when the fair opened at noon her booth was still not quite done.
“It is a challenge every time I set up,” Vernon said. “It’s art, so it is like decorating, but then you have to tear it down. Getting it all out and then stepping back and seeing the display when it is finished is really rewarding for me.”
Vernon said the crowd of people in Sparks on Friday was promising for her weekend setup. She said when she opened her unfinished booth at noon she already knew it would be a great weekend.
“To see it be busy with people like this just flooding your booth is amazing. I have gone to shows where I just sit there and wait and nobody comes, to the point where I could take a nap,” she said. “I wasn’t quite done setting up at noon and we already had customers, so it was tough. But, that is what’s cool is when it is busy like this and you have worked so hard to get it ready and it looks good. That is a reward in itself.”