PC Arts Festival to be held Saturday

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Pierce City Arts Council (PCAC) announces the fifth annual Pierce City Arts Festival is moving to the Pierce City South Park, where Howdy Neighbor Days is celebrated each summer.

The festival is set for May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival, will be held a month earlier and the move to the park will allow plenty of elbow room to spread out. Entrance to the festival is free.

Artists will display their work including photography, wood turning, jewelry, pottery and painting in a variety of mediums.

Jacob Furry, a Monett eighth grader, will return as a featured student artist with his popular traditional and modular origami creations. Pierce City High School Art students will have a booth to show their work.

Professional urban artist Vincent "AJ" Alejandro, of Carterville, is tagged to attend the festival. The community can stop by the festival and observe AJ creating a positive message through a demonstration of graffiti art.

PCAC will also provide its own root beer for free root beer floats, offered from noon until 2 p.m. The treat is dubbed "Brian's Root Beer," in honor of the late Brian Andelin, who was a PCAC member and enthusiastic arts festival supporter.

Food vendors expected at the festival include: Dean's BBQ from Marionville, Prime Cut of Monett, the Keen Bean of Mt. Vernon, and Poppy's Café of Pierce City.

Wine tasters will enter a garden through a cedar arbor donated by Pennington Seed Company. Three Vintners will offer tastings for $7.

Free art workshops will be offered throughout the day at the festival.
Potters have the opportunity to make a work of clay and have it fired. Kids may "throw a pot" for $5, or adults for $10, under the direction of potter Christina Lorenzen of Joplin. The festival is sponsored by the Pierce City Arts Council, First State Bank, Pennington Seed, and local merchants. For more information contact Becky Golubski at 417-489-3041 or visit the PCAC web site at www.piercecityartsfestival.webs.com. Volunteers and donations are welcome.
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