The first Madera County ArtsFest was held June 14 to promote student art in Madera County in a carnival-type atmosphere. Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Office of Education hosted the event at the Madera County Office of Education office in Madera.
Children participated in hands-on art activities consisting of decorating flower pots, creating collages, painting rocks and necklaces and drawing chalk murals. The event featured live art demonstrations and an outdoor performance stage. Free snow cones and popcorn were provided for all who attended and the Oakhurst Mountain Lions Club sold hot dogs.
The event was held in conjunction with a student art gallery. More than 100 students from 14 schools in Madera County participated in an art contest this spring.
Students competed in separate divisions: K-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade. They were also judged in separate categories: two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art and still photography.
In the K-3 two-dimensional division, Rebekah Thiessen of Mountain Home Charter won first place for her piece "The Ants Who Stole the Picnic."
Laurel Samuelson of Chawanakee Academy won second place in the 9-12th grade two-dimensional division with "My Wandering Mind, Divided," and Nash Bryant of Minarets High, placed second in the three-dimensional division his work titled "Companion."
"We are very excited about this new adventure called 'ArtsFest'," Cecilia Massetti, Ed.D., Madera County Superintendent of Schools said. "The artwork submitted by students from throughout Madera County demonstrate the talents of our students, and high quality and excellence of school art programs."
Kristi Winter - Madera County Office of Education