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Johnson County Artists to be Honored at Art Fest 2006 Juried Exhibition Nov. 5 through 19 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
POSTED: 10/11/2006
The works of 40 Johnson County artists will be showcased during the second-annual Johnson County Art Fest exhibit opening Sunday, Nov. 5. The juried exhibition runs through Nov. 19 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway in Olathe.

Sponsored by Columbian Bank and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, Johnson County Art Fest 2006 was open to all juried artists 21 years of age and older currently residing in Johnson County. In all, 211 entries were submitted by 76 artists for this year's show. This compares to 144 entries from 52 artists for the inaugural Art Fest in 2005.

There is 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 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The artwork in the exhibit features two-dimensional and wall-mounted art and includes paintings, ceramics, pottery and weaving. All of the pieces are available for purchase.

Prizes and purchase awards for the show will total $3,650. This includes a Best of Show of $1,000, Second Prize of $500, and a Third Prize of $250. There will also be purchase awards totaling up to $2,000 for art to be placed on permanent display in Johnson County Park and Recreation District facilities.

Jurors for Art Fest 2006 are: Mark Spencer, Creative Resource Manager at Hallmark Cards and former curator for the Albrecht-Kemper Museum; Ellen Wolf, award-winning retired art educator and current member of the Kansas/Missouri National Organization of Women in the Arts board, and Ellen R. Goheen, lecturer, author, and former Director of Collections of Twentieth Century Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The Art Fest Organizing Committee consists of Robert G. Endres, Randy Knight, A. J. LoScalzo, Alberta McGrath, and Nancy Wallerstein. For more information contact Randy Knight at (913) 894-3323.

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