Pierce City will be the place to be on Saturday for anyone who appreciates art and a nice glass of wine. The second annual Pierce City Arts Festival will take place this Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Festival booths will be set up around the historic bandstand on Walnut and Main Streets, and the new winetasting component of the event will be held inside Bookmarks, LLC, at the corner of West Commercial Street and Walnut.
A large number of locally, regionally and nationally recognized artists will be participating in this year's festival.
Lowell Davis, known as "the Norman Rockwell of the Midwest," will have his artwork on display Saturday. Davis built "Red Oak II, Missoura" in Carthage.
Another well-known artist who will be exhibiting their work Saturday is Doug Hall, a Pineville artist who recently unveiled his oil painting, "Battle of Newtonia - September 30, 1862," which is on permanent display at the Ritchie Mansion in Newtonia.
Wood sculptor M. Justin Hale, of Joplin, will be working right on site during the festival. Hale has a passion to share how he sculpts "found" wood into pieces of art.
"I want to thank all the artists who have committed to our festival," said Becky Golubski, festival coordinator. "They are the original inspiration for this event and we must not forget that."
In all, there are 36 artists signed up to display their work at the festival.
In addition to visiting the various artists' booths, those who attend the festival will have the opportunity to participate in free hands-on art workshops.
Deborah Wilson, an artist who specializes in Hawaiian-themed art, will offer a watercolor workshop at 11:30 a.m. Wilson, a part-time resident of Hawaii, has her work in galleries there and recently began teaching watercolor classes in Springfield.
Adele Thompson will be teaching an abstract acrylic workshop at 2:30 p.m. where students will be making the tool they will paint with instead of using a brush. Thompson owns "Studio A" on Main Street in Joplin.
At 3:30 p.m., Golubski will teach pastels. The Pierce City resident is well known as a pet portrait artist.
A new addition to the festival this year is wine tasting featuring seven wineries located along the Ozark Mountain Wine Trail. Those who wish to participate in the tasting can purchase a souvenir glass and taste wines from the OOVVDA, Le Cave Vineyards, Williams Creek, 7 C's, Keltoi, White Rose and Whispering Oaks wineries.
Live entertainment will round out the festival. Popular Pierce City musician Mark Chapman will headline the line-up, which also includes: Jim and Kim Lansford performing traditional Ozarks music; Charlie and Mary Tall Bear Stephens performing Native American flute and storytelling; classical guitarists Rob and Drew Pommert; and the contemporary folk and rock duet of Kyle and Katie Penn.
"The one thing about our arts festival is that we're offering a unique experience full of sight, taste and sound," said Golubski. "What makes it unique is that it is in the small town of Pierce City. This town has always had a flare for the arts and fun.
"We're not building tradition, we're just keeping it going," added Golubski.
The Pierce City Arts Festival is presented by the Pierce City Arts Council. Financial assistance for the project was provided through a grant from the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies and the Missouri Arts Council and through Challenge America funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The festival will go on rain or shine. For more details about the festival, visit http://www.piercecityartsfestival.webs.c....