The SECOND Madera County ArtsFest a Success!  
Many thanks to its contributors!

More than 450 people turned out for the second Madera County ArtsFest on Saturday, May 30.  Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Office of Education hosted the free family-friendly event promoting art in Madera County.

“This is such a fun, family event for our community,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools.  “It was great to see so many children enjoying the hands-on art activities.”  

The event had hands-on art booths, live art demonstrators, face painting, opportunity drawings, free snow cones and popcorn.  Food vendors included Steph’s Sweets and Marantha Tacos.  Steve Carney, Lupe Garcia, Michael Garcia and Larry Latimer demonstrated their art, including wood carving, metal sculpting, mixed media and clay.

Children decorated flower pots, created collages, painted rocks and necklaces, drew chalk murals and made pool paintings.

The event was held in conjunction with a student art gallery.  More than 200 students from 22 schools in Madera County participated in an art contest this spring. Artwork from students in kindergarten through high school were displayed in a student art gallery at ArtsFest.       

“The artistic talents of our students from Madera County are just phenomenal,” said Dr. Massetti.  “We are happy to provide this opportunity for the community to attend this event and view the fabulous student artwork.”

Students competed in separate divisions: K-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.  They were also judged in separate categories: 2-dimensional art, 3-dimentional art and still photography.

“We doubled the number of art submissions this year over last year and we look forward to next year’s event,” said Massetti.

The Madera County Arts Council was a partner of this year’s event.  They provided art contest judges, art demonstrators and hands-on booth volunteers.