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Johnson County artists sought for annual Art Fest exhibit
POSTED: 06/18/2012
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District has issued a Call for Entries for this fall’s Art Fest exhibit at the Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Open exclusively to Johnson County artists 21 years of age or older, the eighth annual exhibit will be on display from October 28 to November 20. The deadline for entries is August 2.

Initially presented in celebration of the county's Sesquicentennial in 2005, Art Fest has continued as an annual tribute to the widely diverse talents of the artists residing in Johnson County. Each year the juried exhibition features a creative assortment of artwork that includes paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry and mixed media. Last year over 230 pieces were submitted for consideration and 44 were selected for display.

Raechell Smith, the chief curator and founding director of the H&R Block Foundation at the Kansas City Art Institute, will serve as juror for this year’s exhibit. Exhibiting artists will be competing for over $4,000 in prizes and awards.

For an entry fee of $25, artists may submit up to three works of art for consideration. The exhibition is limited to original, wall-mounted art executed within the past two years, and only one piece of art per artist may be selected for the exhibition. Entry forms and instructions are available at or by calling (913) 894-3324.

There will be no admission charge to the exhibit which will be open for public viewing during the nature center’s regular hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 pm. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibit will be closed in honor of Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 12.

All of the pieces on display at Art Fest will be available for purchase and a portion of each sale will benefit the nature center. The center is located at 909 N. K-7 Highway.

Art Fest is sponsored in part by Johnston, Ballweg & Modrcin, LC, of Overland Park. The organizing committee includes A. J. LoScalzo, Alberta McGrath, and Nancy Wallerstein.

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