Vincent Van Goat, a computerized sculpture, will be making an appearance at the fourth annual Pierce City Arts Festival, taking place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.
Event organizer Becky Golubski said Van Goat will be on hand to explain to attendees how vital art is to the community.
Other highlights of the festival include four free workshops, taught by professional artists.
Carol Shipman, of Monett, will conduct a class on how to marbelize paper, using oil paints and water.
Sherry Petty, a famed muralist from Carthage, will teach students how to draw faces in pencil. Attendees are asked to bring a photo of a person, pet or whatever they wish to draw to the workshop.
Meike Aton, a Springfield artist, formerly of Florida, will demonstrate how to create a vivid seascape using acrylic paints. Samples of her work can be found on her website at www.meikeaton.com.
Crowder College graphic arts and fine arts student Aubrey Donaldson will demonstrate sidewalk art using chalk, pastels and water to make the drawings "pop" from the pavement.
A green workshop will feature recycled goods that can be used by kids to make their own robots.
Tents and booths will line Walnut and Main streets, with vendors offering a wide array of fine art items, including paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood crafts, glass creations and more.
Five handmade oak easels, made by the (Pierce City Arts Council) PCAC, will be given away throughout the day. Two additional easels will be awarded to participating vendors.
The event will also host several authors from Homegrown Books who will sign copies of their novels.
The high school Youth Booth art exhibit will feature students works from senior Mattie Parrigon, of Pierce City High School, senior Ryan Saunders, of Monett High School, and senior Ashley Blake, of Joplin High School.
Two Missouri wineries, Keltoi Wineries and Whispering Oaks, will have tastings and bottles of wine for sale inside Bookmarks Bookstore.
There is a small fee for sampling and attendees may keep their souvenir wine glass. Sampling begins at 10 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m.
The Nude Foodie, Grace Rybarczyk, of Springfield, will present a food demonstration and offer samples of healthy cuisine.
Free root beer floats are again on the menu for attendees of this year's festival, compliments of the Pierce City Arts Council. The floats will be made and distributed during the live art auction conducted by Ken Knaust, of Knaust Auctions.
Monett Boy Scout Troop #38 members have volunteered to assist with this year's festival. Anyone else interested in volunteering may contact Golubski at 417-489-3041.
Sponsors for the fourth annual Pierce City Arts Festival are First State Bank and Pennington Seed.
For more information, visit the website at www.piercecityartsfestival.webs.com.