Competitor Spotlight: Painter Kylene Collette




While most of us were learning to use a pencil, Kylene Collette’s parents were entering her drawings to a state fair in her native South Africa. Her first entry was a drawing of a cow—and she placed second.

From there, Kylene progressed to other animals and objects, eventually pursuing a full-time career as an artist, illustrator, and designer. Now the recent immigrant and campus interior designer at Boise State is competing for the second year in a row at the Western Idaho Fair.

“I was illustrating a book for a woman I met through Craigslist,” she recalls. “I had recently picked my oil painting back up, and she told me that I should submit it to the Fair. So I did.”

She was immediately impressed by the caliber of the work on display, as well as the great attendance and enthusiasm.

“I love all the arts exhibits—I love seeing other people succeed, and watching people who may not be artists by trade step out of their comfort zones to put their work on display. That takes a lot of guts.”

And for someone who’s new to the area, she really loves all the support she’s received from the arts community and the region overall.

“I can't say enough about how much I love Boise! There is just such a spirit of positivity and community. People here seem to really embrace life and live every day to the fullest!”

Come live your life to the fullest at this year’s Fair, August 19-28. And when you do, make sure to stop by and say hi to Kylene—and all of the artists on display at the Exhibitor Hall.



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