Autumn Leaf Festival art show displays student, community works

The Clarion County Arts Council will present its annual ALF art show Sept. 20 – 28 at the Main Street Center.

The work of both community members and students will be featured in the show.

“Especially this year, we have a lot more students,” said Jeannine Snyder, a senior fine arts major here at Clarion University who is helping to plan this year’s show.

Snyder is planning the show alongside Kaerston Woodruff, a professor of 3-D design and sculpture at Clarion University; Kathy Joslyn, a former Clarion University professor; and current student Autumn Wertz. Planning for the show began in spring 2014.

Many different types of art will be included in the show.

“It can be anything: mainly photography, painting, sculpture, and drawing,” Snyder said.

Not only will this show provide entertainment for the community, but it will also give artists the chance to compete for awards and hundreds of dollars worth of cash prizes.

“There are three different categories,” Snyder said.

These categories include amateur, intermediate, and professional. Within each of these categories will be a first, second and third place winner as well as an honorable mention. At the intermediate and amateur levels, first place receives $50, second receives $25, and third receives $15. At the professional level, first place receives $75, second receives $50, and third receives $25. There will be a Best of Show award spanning all three categories, and the winner of that award will receive $100.

The award ceremony will take place Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the show opening.

There will also be a people’s choice award. Anyone viewing the show during the week can vote for his or her favorite piece. The winner of this award will receive a gift basket from 6th & Main Market.

With the show running all week long, people will have many chances to check it out.

“It’s going to be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Snyder said.

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