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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 yearâs shirts were delivered Tuesday and would feature the artwork of longtime vendor Nancy Waggoner. Waggoner will serve as this yearâs featured artist for PAF, as well. Klutts, who has helped coordinate the festival for the last six years, said it was a theme sheâd begun last year and hoped to continue going forward.
âLast year, I commissioned a guy from Starkville who ended up being our featured artist,â Klutts said. âHe was a graphic design/screen print professor up at MSU, and I just loved his work. âŠ To keep with that theme, Iâd like to have a featured artist every year, whether it be a longtime, returning vendor or a newcomer.â
Klutts said Waggoner worked out perfectly. The two worked another art show together in December, and in their time together, Klutts enlisted Waggonerâs expertise.
âI sent her pictures of downtown, a history of the festival and told her what I was looking for,â Klutts said. âShe gave me three prints to choose from.â
From there, Klutts turned to the community through social media in choosing a design. Residents voted on their favorites by âlikingâ or âcommentingâ 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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