Rain or shine, gear up for the third annual Pierce City Arts Festival taking place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 in downtown Pierce City.
This year's event will feature fine arts, wine tasting, free artist workshops and drawings for handmade easels.
Several vintners from the Ozark Mountain Wine Trail will be on hand at Bookmarks, offering samples of Missouri wines beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m.
Wine enthusiasts can purchase a souvenir glass and visit each of the booths of Keltoi Vineyards, White Rose Winery, Whispering Oaks Winery, Lindwedel Wine Garden and Williams Creek Winery, among others, to sample a variety of local vintages. The wine tasting event is scheduled to take place at Bookmarks LLC, located at 100 W. Commercial St.
Free workshops for budding artists of all ages will be offered by artists using pastels, watercolor and acrylic paints.
John Stettel, of Joplin, will be offering tips on watercolors. Stettel paints miniature watercolors of homes.
Becky Golubski, Pierce City's pet portrait artist and one of the coordinating members of the Pierce City Arts Council that oversees the annual arts festival, will conduct a pastel workshop.
Jesse McCormick, a Joplin artist, will round out the instructional portion of the workshops with acrylic painting.
"We have a number of artists in Pierce City," Golubski said. "This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work."
"We have over 30 vendors offering paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodworking and local authors," added Kristin Nama, a member of the Pierce City Arts Council (PCAC). "There will be food vendors, free root beer floats, drawings for handmade easels and more.
"It's exciting to have free workshops provided by fine artists," Nama continued. "This year's youth artist will be Alexx Acheson, of Pierce City."
Artists from Joplin, Monett, Springfield, Republic, Aurora, Neosho, Oklahoma and Arkansas have confirmed their attendance at this year's event.
"Kristin Huke, of Local Color Art Gallery and Studio, will be bringing her refurbished teardrop trailer, named Georgia, which will have her artwork inside," Nama said. "She will be painting outside the trailer."
Winners of the annual Draw Pierce City contest will also have their works on display during the Pierce City Arts Festival.
"Some of these arists are top notch," Nama said. "We will also be having a live art auction with auctioneer Kenneth Knaust."
"We hope a lot of people come out to enjoy this year's event," Golubski added.
Organizers of this year's event are still needing volunteers to assist with managing the festival. Those interested in helping can call Golubski at 489-3041.
More information on this year's Pierce City Arts Festival may be found at www.piercecityartsfestival.webs.com.