Student artists throughout Wallowa County are encouraged to get their best artwork ready for the annual Wallowa County Youth Arts Festival, which will be held on one day only this year, April 29.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Joseph Community Center and will feature a reception for the young artists from 3 to 5 p.m.

In addition to an opportunity to view the artwork, the show will include some hands-on activities, such as T-shirt painting, face painting and an arts and crafts booth. Musical performances by young musicians is also planned.

Wallowa County students in all grades, kindergarten through 12th grade, invited to participate. Special needs students are encouraged to take part.

Entrants must deliver their art pieces on April 28 at the community center from 8 to 11 a.m. or on April 27 at the Art Angle during regular business hours. All art should be picked up after the artists reception or on April 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entry forms are available at local school offices or at the Art Angle in Joseph. For more information, contact Joan Madsen at 426-5702, Donna Mangis at 426-5984 or Stephanie Chrisman at 886-8985.

Art show categories this year include painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, collage, three-dimensional, woodworking, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, hand-built items, calligraphy, fine art, metal work, jewelry, glass (painted or etched) and miscellaneous.

Each student may enter three pieces of art. There are special awards for People's Choice and Judge's Choice. The youth arts festival is sponsored by the Wallowa Valley Arts Council and the Youth Arts Festival Committee.

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