The Lindstrom guy wanted to honor crop art “The Shining.” Then his family appeared.

Gary Turnquist plans to shoot – Basil and Timothy The iconic scene from ‘The Shining’ of the wretched Jack Nicholson breaking into a door and shouting ‘Here’s Johnny’ of the year Enter Crop Art At the Minnesota State Fair.

Then Turnquist found out that his granddaughter would be there.

“This guy from Nicholson is on the slightly scary side,” said Turnquist, 75, who lives in Lindstrom. So he put together a plan B: The Passion of the Christ, a close-up of Jesus wearing a wreath of thorns. A less frightening subject, Turnquist added that he discovered the message of racial unity within his seed mosaic.

Whether it was tens or even hundreds of thousands of people who passed through the farming/horticultural building during the 12-day fair to enjoy this year’s batch of seed art, they discovered what Turnquist saw as a representation of unknown human diversity. Artistic intent can be elusive in the commercial art market, let alone agricultural species.

“There are five [varieties of] “The seeds are there,” Turnquist said. All their natural color and represent [diversity] of the human kind.”

But it would be a mistake to sum up the seed art contest as a sober, simple pasting of pumpkin seeds onto paper plates. Lillian Coltonthe godfather of crop arts, for decades in poppy seeds and canola faces from Abe Lincoln to artist Grandma Moses Precisely and beautifully. Others channeled political opinions via seed-filled puns or memes on the Internet.

Theresa Anderson, from St Paul, who runs cropart.com site and compete in the advanced tier. Where the ship’s name will be written, ‘General Climate Plan’.

This year’s Best of Show award went to Linda Paulsen of Hackensack, who made a TV picture the creator Betty White. Cream of Wheat from White Pearl Teeth.

“It’s gorgeously gorgeous, but with such an edge,” said Sharon Long, of Minneapolis, who stood admiringly near the winners of the bar on the show’s opening day. “I love that edge.”

“She loves animals,” Peggy Schulte added. “she [White] He was a huge supporter of human societies.”

The exhibition presents twenty categories, From wearable crop art to out-of-state submissions. Turnquist’s work remains consistent in the Colton model. from him In the makeshift studio in his Lindstrom garage, he keeps Ziploc bags of seeds, mostly collected from a farmer friend.

“This is actually a white clover,” he said. “It’s yellow. But what I like about it is that it’s so good. It’s just like sand.”

Last year, Turnquist won a blue ribbon in the senior category for “East Side Gang,” filled with photographic re-creations of his fellow St. Paul’s. Now retired, Turnquist hangs original watercolors and oils inside his garage. He also follows Map of the world with pushpins indicating his travels.

These are all the places my wife and I have been to,” said Turnquist. “We’ve been on 22 cruises.”

A man who worked nearly a quarter-century of his life as a mechanic at Honeywell says he toured the lofty museums: the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and the Louvre in Paris. But he is getting close to home.

“I love the artists they have on Channel Two,” said Turnquist. “Gary Jenkins He is one of them. He does a lot of floral things.”

This enduring love of art would surprise an early breeder. At Cleveland Junior High School in St. Paul, an art teacher once asked students to make a drawing. Turnquist – who envisioned himself being creative – brought his art to the table first. But the teacher rolled up the grid paper and put it back into the boy’s stomach.

“I was crushed,” said Turnquist. “In this day and age, he will be in prison now.”

But he wonders if the teacher’s cruelty inspired him indirectly. Now his art gives him freedom from the ordinary. He has illustrations of the aurora borealis inspired by a trip to the dentist’s office. He made Luna with wild rice.

At the show on Saturday, 5-year-old Kaya asked San Diego to review her grandfather’s crop art, and she gave a brief review: “I loved it.”

Her mother, Ali, insisted that the family’s artistic talent was mostly centered on Gary. But Kaya exhibited Crop Art – a sketch of a rabbit covered in corn kernels.

Turnquist appears to have planted a seed. His granddaughter returned the seed art to Ziploc. The family was headed to the big yellow slide.

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