The Pierce City Arts Festival is set for Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Pierce City on Walnut and Main Streets. A variety of artists, including painters and authors, food vendors and live entertainment will be featured at the festival.
|Four additional artists signed up this past weekend for the arts festival, said festival coordinator Becky Golubski. About 36 artists are now expected, or perhaps a few more than that, she said.||Among the artists expected are sculptors, print makers, jewelers, potters, painters and authors. Offerings from food vendors will include kettle corn and ice slushees. The Pierce City Café will offer pulled pork sandwiches and hamburgers during the festival.|
|All of the live entertainment during the event is scheduled to appear at Freda Mae's outdoor patio. Festival goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to the performances. Richard Mach will emcee the event, announcing the live performances and other features of the festival.||Entertainment starts off at 10 a.m. with cowboy storyteller Tex Carroll followed by Charles Roques and Karen Whitesell, of the Mt. Vernon Tango de Salon, at 11 a.m. with the first of three tango performances. They will also appear at noon and 3 p.m. Golubski hopes these short performances will inspire the audience to join in the dancing.|
|Mark Chapman is scheduled to perform at 11:30 a.m. Golubski will be giving a hands-on pastel workshop in the main Pierce City Arts Council (PCAC) tent.||Entertainment will resume at Freda Mae's outdoor patio at 1:30 p.m. with a performance by the Kufara Marimba ensemble.Following the 3 p.m. tango performance, Michael 2-Leaf Meadows, storyteller and flutist, will appear at 3:30 p.m.|
With ice cream donated by Hiland Dairy and root beer donated by a local arts booster, free root beer floats will be available to everyone after Meadows' performance.
|A local artist and member of PCAC, Golubski said she started thinking about what she could do to help the community after the 2003 tornado. She also admitted she was tired of having to drive to other communities such as Springfield, Jefferson City, to participate in art shows.|
"Why not at home?" she asked herself. "I wanted to have a local festival for local artists in Pierce City," Golubski said.
In addition to supporting local artists, Golubski hopes the festival will be a way of bring tourist dollars into Pierce City.
|Helping to bring the arts to the community was also a goal of the festival, Golubski said. She was pleased to read about another local show of support for the arts in the Pierce City School Board's decision to invest in new art and music classrooms. She added that she hopes this arts festival will be the first of many annual Pierce City Arts Festivals to come.|
|"Bring your lawn chairs and your patience," Golubski advised, to the arts festival on Saturday. Patience may be needed as the new arts council and volunteers work their way through their first festival.||"Bring your umbrellas too, if needed," she added, "Because the festival will go on, rain or shine."|
|For more information about the festival, contact Golubski at 417-476-3077 or visit www.piercecityartsfestival.webs.com.|