Artists, authors, free art workshops, wine tasting and more will be featured at the third annual Pierce City Arts Festival on Saturday. Booths will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the bandstand in downtown Pierce City.
Wine tasting will be held inside Bookmarks Bookstore, located at Walnut and Commercial, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature wineries from the Ozark Mountain Wine Trail.
Free art workshops will be offered inside this year at 100 W. Commercial, suite D (formerly Antiques by the Bandstand). April Ottavian has moved her store around the corner and offered the air conditioned space for the workshops. Sherry Pettey will give a watercolor workshop at 10 a.m. She will also draw portraits in her booth, a popular feature at many local festivals.
At 11 a.m., Jesse McCormick will give a workshop in acrylics and Becky Golubski, chairperson for the Pierce City Arts Council (PCAC), will give a pastels workshop at noon. All workshops are free and open to all ages.
Between 30 and 35 booths are expected to showcase painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, local authors, and more. Along with the art workshops, kids can create their own art on the streets of Pierce City. Colored chalk will be available at the information booth and space designated on the street for drawing.
Winning drawings from PCAC's Draw Pierce City 2011 will be on display in the workshop room.
A drawing for handmade oak easels will be held at 12:45 p.m. with Pierce City Mayor Allen Stockton to draw the winning names. Entry is free but winners must be present to claim their prize.
Ken Knaust of Knaust Auction Service will conduct a live art auction following the prize drawings. The auction will feature works by festival artists with the proceeds going 100 percent to the artists. Free root beer floats will be offered at the bandstand during the art auction.
Michele DeSutter, Carol Shipman, Sherry Pettey, Teresa Dilsaver and Jesse McCormick will be among the artists returning to the festival this year. Redings Mill Bread Company and Lucy's Café will offer food to the festival goers and PCAC will be selling bottled water at the information booth.
The Pierce City Farmers' Market will be open during the festival from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Highways 37 and 97.
All arts festival events will take place on Walnut and Main Streets in downtown Pierce City and inside Bookmarks Bookstore, rain or shine. The third annual Pierce City Arts Festival is sponsored by the Pierce City Arts Council.
The recently reopened Harold Bell Wright Museum at 404 N. Walnut will be open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. New exhibits and artifacts from Pierce City's history are available for viewing.
For more information on the Pierce City Arts Festival, contact Golubski at 417-489-3041 or visit the web site at www.piercecityartsfestival.