The artistic and musical talent of students from throughout Wallowa County will be showcased during the annual Wallowa Valley Youth Art Festival this weekend.

The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, with an artists’ reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Performances by young musicians is scheduled from to start at noon with the last group on stage at 2:30 p.m.

There is no admission charge to the art show.

In addition to showing off their artwork, kids will be able to enjoy hands-on craft activities during the event.

If past festivals are any indications, hundreds of colorful and creative pieces of art by students from kindergarten through high school, will be displayed.

The young artists are encouraged to offer their masterpieces for sale, and they will keep a hundred percent of the sales price.

Every entry (limited to 3 per child) will receive either a blue, red, or white ribbon. Other awards include the judges’ choice ribbon ($25 award), people’s choice ($25 award), three directors’ honorable mention ribbons, and three artistic merit ribbons.

Judges are Jane Harshman, Steve Roundy, Ryan Rebo, Kelly Rathbone, Hattie Schmidt, Deb Schenk, Tammy Kruger, and Hilary Valentine.

The musician line-up this year is as follows: noon, Bailey Vernam, fiddle; 12:30 p.m., Molly Curry and Alicia Wright , dulcimer; 1 p.m.,   Natalie Ziegler, original songs, guitar and vocal; 1:30 p.m., Emma Carlsen and friends, brass band; 2 p.m., James Madsen, piano, and Riley Gray, fiddle; 2:30 p.m.,Casey Kiser and Patrick Powers, guitar and vocal. 

“We hope more of the young artists will be able to attend the event on Saturday, now that the weekend has been moved up,” said Leah Johnson, who serves as co-chairperson, along with Will Roundy, for the sixth year.

After six years, Johnson said they are willing to let someone else head up the event next year. “We would be happy to help them out,” she said.

Art can be dropped off Thursday, April 18, at Uptown Art in Joseph, Gypsy Java in Enterprise and the Blonde Strawberry in Wallowa; or from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, at the Joseph Community Center. Art should be picked up at the end of the show at 4 p.m. Saturday.

In 2012 Missoula Children’s Theatre performances were held the same day as the youth art show.

This year the show was originally set for April 27, but moved up to April 20 because of a conflict.

Johnson praises the support of the entire community to make the youth arts festival a reality each year, including student artists and art teachers, Wallowa Valley Arts Council, Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, Soroptimists of Wallowa County, Uptown Art, Gypsy Java and Blonde Strawberry.

For more information, contact Johnson, 541-398-1842 or visit the WVAC website, www.wallowavalleyarts.org/youthartfest.

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