• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Student art at Francisco’s Farm festival May 19, 20


IRIS DEVINE, a second-grader at Northside Elementary, added papier maché to a container for an art project that she and her classmates helped create. A student art show at Francisco Farm’s Art Fair on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, will feature over 100 pieces of artwork. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

BRAYDEN CASH, a second-grader at Northside Elementary, painted glue on a container for a papier maché project that combines the colorful artwork of several students to create a sculpture. Student artwork will be exhibited at the Francisco Farm’s Art Fair on May 19 and 20. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Francisco’s Farm Art Fair will feature more than 100 pieces of artwork created by students from across Woodford County on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20

, on the campus of Midway University.

Students from all four public elementary schools as well as Woodford County middle and high school, St. Leo School, Versailles Montessori School and Woodford Christian School have contributed art to the upcoming Francisco’s Farm Art Fair. The high school art entries will be judged with awards presented during a reception on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m., according to Helen Rentch of the Francisco’s Farm artist liaison committee.

“There are a lot of students in Woodford County who do have talent,” said Rentch. “And we want them to become aware of the art world and what kind of opportunities are out there, and just have a chance to interact (with art lovers and others) in that setting.” She said Woodford Countians are fortunate to live in a community where every elementary school has an art instructor.

“We’ve been looking for a way to showcase our students’ artwork,” said Northside Elementary School art teacher Anne Brooks. She has been busy pulling high-quality artwork throughout the school year to represent a variety of ways that students express themselves, while managing the student art exhibit.

The Francisco’s Farm student art show, sponsored by the Woodford County Community Foundation, will be located in the Ann Hart Raymond Center along with “The Making of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships,” an exhibit that celebrates 20 years of apprenticeships funded by the Kentucky Arts Council. “And hopefully,” Rentch said, “it’ll give the children a chance to think about that potential for themselves too.” Francisco’s Farm Art Fair will be Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Midway University. Live music, kids’ activities and food vendors are all part of the fair. No admission, but parking is $5.

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