Approximately 460 pieces of art were entered into the 2009 Youth Arts Festival show, showcasing the talent of Wallowa County students from kindergarten all the way through high school.

"It's going great," said first-year co-chairperson Leah Johnson Saturday afternoon, April 25, about the one-day event. "We have a fair representation of art throughout the county, and a constant crowd of people looking."

In addition to artists, the festival showcased a number of young musicians, including Wake Up Jane, Jacob Schoen, Kathryn Kemp, Tiffany Serven and Kai Oliver.

Judge's Choice Award winner(a winning artist for the third year ) was talented Tyler Soares, a Wallowa High School senior. His long pen and ink drawing, titled "Kurosawa," reflected Soares" fascination with Japanese film.

"Kurosawa" and the "Starry Night" collage by Joseph eighth grader Lexi Nelson tied for the People's Choice Award.

Recipients of a new ribbon category called the Judges' Artistic Excellence Award were Nelson, Kayla Shoen and Silje Christoffersen of Enterprise.

Co-chairs Johnson and Will Roundy also added a new award for pieces they felt a little more recognition with a Chairmen's Honorable Mention ribbon. These were awarded to Ali Garrett (for an Arizona Tea pyramid sculpture) and Marc Duncan (for a stain glass-like paper collage).

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