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Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show celebrates 20 years
BakeMag.com, Sept. 10, 2013
by Staff

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Like the swallows at San Juan Capistrano, competitors at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show stream in carrying with them some of the most amazing works of sugar art. Last year the bar was set high and there was no disappointment. Thousands of viewers filed past this public display marveling at the exquisite work on display.

When awards were finally made and Vivian Pham collected her cache of amazing prizes those same competitors streamed away bubbling and chatting; saying, and I quote, “Ballet 2013 I am so excited about that theme I can’t wait to register.” Registrar Loydene Barrett reported, “47 registrations.” by January 1 and the rules were not even posted or finalized.”

According to event organizer Kerry Vincent, Food Network Challenge Judge and Master Sugar Artist, “My love affair with my treasured sponsors started twenty years ago and without them it would not matter how hard I worked or the volunteers contribute, simply put; there would be no show. In 2013 we celebrate our 20th Anniversary! It is a pinch me moment? It seems just like yesterday that this all started, but I do know we have tread an amazing path together and I hope we can continue this momentum for years to come.”

OKLAHOMA STATE SUGAR ART SHOW & GRAND NATIONAL WEDDING CAKE COMPETITION

Theme: BALLET 2013

River Spirit Expo (formerly the Quiktrip Building) Lower level

Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa, Oklahoma

September 28 and 29 with show setup on September 27, 2013

PRESENTERS

This year famed artists Julia Usher and Bronwen Weber will share their considerable expertise to educate and entertain artists and visitors. Both are promising spectacular presentations and personally I can’t wait to be “wowed!

ARTISTS achievements generated over the past 20 years are unprecedented, some have found their way in to television, teaching, become company ambassadors and presenters, a long way from the sleepy art of the past.

THIS event, that has become a passion in my life, has taken on a life of its own! Strolling through this maze of edible art, visitors (amateur and professional alike) can soak up a quintessential experience - the ultimate inspiration for consumers to create the cake of their dreams. Beautifully presented, there is something for everyone, young or old.

WINNER’S KEYS

READ the rules properly, do not skim or wing it.

CREATE a cake that echoes the theme effectively and is unique, not someone else’s work or a knock-off.

IRON the table linen.

CHECK to see the cake is stacked evenly and on the perpendicular.

NEVER has the perfect creation of an edible flower been so crucial, the placement of a sugar ribbon so nerve wracking or the stacking of carefully cultivated tiers so vital.

HAVE fun, win or lose it is a cake and there is always next year.

OKLAHOMA STATE SUGAR ART SHOW 2013

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tulsa State Fair – LOWER Level – RIVER SPIRIT EXPO BUILDING

Friday, September 27, 2018

4:00 - 8:30 p.m. – Registration & Cake Setup

Saturday, September 28, 2013

7:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Registration & Cake Setup

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Show opens to the public

10:30 a.m. - Judging begins

~ CAKE STARS MEET COOKIE QUEEN EXTRAORDINAIRE ~

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - FNTV CHALLENGE WINNER, wedding cake designer and special celebrity sugar artist BRONWEN WEBER DALLAS, TX assisted by her husband FRANCOIS LONG using GUITTARD & FONDX

Lively discussion first, about strategy and design philosophy

Including structure, medium, techniques and awkward jokes!

Our dream team will begin to assemble the structure for a sea monster is it his or her? Does he or she have a name?

Outlining adjustments that can be made to reenact any number of mythological scenes. Questions will be answered and uncomfortable silences will not be tolerated.

We will also be covering the structure with various chocolate concoctions, though it won’t resemble much at this point.

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Artistic genius JULIA USHER AWARD-WINNING COOKIE DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Pointe Work

No prima ballerina ever made it into the spotlight without lots of practice in the fundamentals – and cookie decorating is no different!

Here, Julia lays the important groundwork for her cookie party, starting first with how to approach multi-dimensional cookie and tablescape designs.

She’ll share the actual designs for this party’s projects, including a bedazzled 4-D music box with moving cookie parts, a ballerina-mobile, and a cookie-scope centerpiece that takes on a whole new look once it’s set into motion.

She’ll also demonstrate several of the key decorating techniques used to create the extraordinary detail on these pieces, such as needlepoint work, stenciling, airbrushing, stamping, drawing, and painting a scientific viewpoint

Pouring and casting all of the pieces

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - VAMPIRE WEDDING CAKE STYLE -- timed competition. Contestants will need to arrive 30 minutes in advance to set up. SPONSORED BY CHOCOPAN, BAKERYCRAFTS, ENJAY & PAPER ORCHIDS

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Special Celebrity sugar artist FNTV CHALLENGE WINNER BRONWEN WEBER DALLAS, TX assisted by the oh so -popular FRANCOIS LONG using GUITTARD & FONDX

Our dramatic duo will continue to cover and shape the sculpture and discuss the differences and relationship of additive and subtractive sculpting.

Interacting with the audience, education with humorous effect

By this point the scene will be established and work will begin refining various aspects, including proportion and composition

Espresso, pixie stix and corndogs

5:15 - 6:45 p.m. - JULIA USHER AWARD-WINNING COOKIE DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Raising the Barre

With the groundwork for her party well laid, Julia raises the (cookie) barre – so to speak - by showing how to create simple 3-D cookie designs that stand out from the usual cookies lying flat on a plate.  In this segment, Julia assembles the music box pieces decorated in Part 1 into edible party favors, focusing on important cookie construction techniques such as trimming, mitering, gluing, and sandwiching cookies on sticks and other supports. For an extra something sweet, Julia may even throw a simple 3-D cookie place card into the mix!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

8:00 a.m. - Entrants requesting that their cake be photographed MUST be present at this time to escort the entry to the photographic studio

10:00 a.m. - Show opens to the public

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - FNTV CHALLENGE WINNER BRONWEN WEBER assisted by her ever-popular husband FRANCOIS LONG using GUITTARD & FONDX

Now for the fun stuff.

Shape and scene complete, scales intricate details are refined

Finishing techniques applied, and distractionary measures should very closely resemble a mythological beast

Will continue to develop the attitude and tone of the scene and audience

Finishing techniques will be discussed, fillers, refinement and decluttering will happen continuously

The sea monster will be scary and lifelike, so a calming palette is anticipated to avoid scaring the crowd

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - JULIA USHER AWARD-WINNING COOKIE DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Grand Jeté

Julia takes a giant leap in this segment to aerial cookie designs, like the ballet slipper place cards, ballerina garlands, and mobiles designed to fill in the negative space above and behind her cookie table. She’ll demonstrate several important suspended cookie decorating techniques, including stringing, sandwiching (again), speed-drying, and how to balance the overall composition.

As Julia completes these flying feats, her able team of assistants will begin work on the table’s pièce de résistance: the spinning cookie centerpiece.

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - FNTV CHALLENGE WINNER, wedding cake designer and special celebrity sugar artist BRONWEN WEBER assisted by FRANCOIS LONG using GUITTARD & FONDX

Finishing touches

Continue to refine and add detail

Dust and color for a lustrous effect

Sing along from Michael Bolton catalog

3:15 - 4:45p:m - JULIA USHER AWARD-WINNING COOKIE DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE

The Final Pirouette

No party table is complete without a fabulous centerpiece – and in this case, it’s pretty much all cookie! In this final segment, Julia challenges herself and her team to a cookie scope - a 4-D (spinning) cookie design –never before attempted by Julia, or possibly in all of cookie space! Hang onto the edges of your seats as Julia and her team apply the final cookie touches to this work of art before setting it on the cookie table and launching it into motion. Heads-up: Special viewing gear may be needed for this session!

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. + or - Awards Ceremony

7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. + OR –

Competitors may only remove cakes after the Awards Ceremony has ended.

** Program may be subject to change **

Monday & Tuesday September 30 - October 1 2013

CLASS TITLE

JOIN THE SPECIAL CLASS AND CREATE YOUR OWN SCULPTED HEAD UNDER THE TUTELAGE & DIRECTION OF BRONWEN WEBER & FRANCOIS LONG

THE THEME FOR 2014 WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY!

 

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