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Kids and Teen art at the Driftless Area Art Festival

Youth Art

Youth Art

The Youth Art Gallery celebrates the next generation of artists and is a popular feature of the Driftless Area Art Festival.

Teen Art

TEEN ART WINNERS: The Teen Art Gallery awarded ribbons and various prizes. In first place was repeat winner Lane Buchner, a graduate of  De Soto High School, student of Lindsey  Kuennen, who won a ribbon and a $75 prize for her painting, “Intensified Embers.”

A second-place ribbon and $50 went to Mayleen Bibbey, 11th grader at Kickapoo High School, for her painting “The Battle.”

A third-place ribbon and a $25 check went to Evan Gates, graduate of Lancaster High School, for his drawing titled “The Fighter.” Evan’s teacher was Gloria Fuller.

KidsArt Gallery

The KidsArt Gallery celebrates the next generation of artists and is a popular feature of the Driftless Area Art Festival. The purpose of the Youth Art program is to applaud and encourage the creativity of area students. The Kids’ Creativity Zone makes the tent a popular destination.

The work of elementary and middle school students from all parts of the Driftless Area is invited. Art teachers and clubs can organize joint submissions, or students can submit independently.

Teachers: Are you interested in having your students participate in the 2019 KidsArt Gallery? Download the Participation Form below:

For teachers – KidsArt Participation Form

Teacher Letter

Drop-Off Locations

Youth and Teen Art
If you are a youth or teen who would like to enter art work on your own (if your school art teacher/ program does not enter student art), please use this form:

Youth/ Teen self-entry form

 

KidsArt Awards

2018 K-3 WINNER: Auden Slaght, second grader at Stoddard Elementary School, won a blue ribbon in the KidsArt Gallery exhibit during the recent Driftless Area Art Festival held in Gays Mills. His piece will be auctioned next year with the proceeds going to the art program in his school.

 

2018 GRADE 4-6 WINNER: Abigail Kurszewski, fourth grader at  Stoddard Elementary School, won a blue ribbon in the KidsArt Gallery exhibit during the recent Driftless Area Art Festival held in Gays Mills. Her piece will be auctioned next year with the proceeds going to the art program in her school.

 

2018 GRADE 7-6 WINNER: Heaven Ottersen, eighth grader at Kickapoo Elementary School won a blue ribbon in the KidsArt Gallery at the recent Driftless Area Art Festival held in Gays Mills. Her piece will be auctioned next year with the proceeds going to the art program in her school.

 

 

KidsArt Auction

The 2017 winning pieces sold on Saturday evening of the 2018 Art Festival raised a total of $1,175 for the art programs in Winskill Elementary School in Lancaster, Kickapoo Middle School in Viola,  and the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in Viroqua. That brings to a total of $12,010 the funds raised for art programs since 2010.

In addition,  a yearly drawing held since 2014 includes all schools participating during the Festival’s KidsArt Gallery. The 2018 Winning school, Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School district, will receive $500 to go specifically to support the art program there, raising the total of funds raised in the drawings to $2,500.

“The combination of the exhibits at the Festival and the funds raised in the art auction and the drawing celebrates arts in the schools and celebrates and supports the work of devoted art teachers, “ said Dianna Berry, co-chair of this year’s Youth Art Tent.

Major funding partners for the festival include Peoples State Bank, the Village of Soldiers Grove and its Community Development Corporation, Wisconsin Public Radio, Crawford County and the Crawford County Tourism Council. Other benefactors include Kickapoo Corners, Kickapoo Kwikstop and Kickapoo Creekside, Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative, Organic Valley, Rooted Spoon Culinary, Sleepy Hollow Auto, Star Valley Flowers, and Vernon Communications Cooperative, along with other corporate and private sponsors.