BY MARY GARRISON
Planning for the 36th annual Prairie Arts Festival, set for Aug. 30, is well under way, with a new design and featured artist to boot.
West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts said this yearâ€™s shirts were delivered Tuesday and would feature the artwork of longtime vendor Nancy Waggoner. Waggoner will serve as this yearâ€™s featured artist for PAF, as well. Klutts, who has helped coordinate the festival for the last six years, said it was a theme sheâ€™d begun last year and hoped to continue going forward.
â€śLast year, I commissioned a guy from Starkville who ended up being our featured artist,â€ť Klutts said. â€śHe was a graphic design/screen print professor up at MSU, and I just loved his work. â€¦ To keep with that theme, Iâ€™d like to have a featured artist every year, whether it be a longtime, returning vendor or a newcomer.â€ť
Klutts said Waggoner worked out perfectly. The two worked another art show together in December, and in their time together, Klutts enlisted Waggonerâ€™s expertise.
â€śI sent her pictures of downtown, a history of the festival and told her what I was looking for,â€ť Klutts said. â€śShe gave me three prints to choose from.â€ť
From there, Klutts turned to the community through social media in choosing a design. Residents voted on their favorites by â€ślikingâ€ť or â€ścommentingâ€ť on the corresponding print. It was a first-time experiment that proved successful, Klutts said, bringing in more than 3,000 views and 200 hundred votes combined.
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