Kids again have special area at Black Swamp Arts Festival
Written by By JAN LARSON /Sentinel County Editor   
Thursday, 02 September 2010 13:25
Much of the art created at the Black Swamp Arts Festival will likely end up hanging in the most revered spot of many households. Children will again have the opportunity to paint, make music, design apparel and become dancers in the Youth Arts Area of the annual festival in downtown Bowling Green.
“We think kids are going to go away having fun with some quality artwork to hang on the refrigerator,” said Matt Reger, who chairs the festival’s youth art committee.
The youth area will feature some old favorites while also trying out some new activities.
There will again be tie-dying, with pillowcases being adorned this year along with the regular T-shirts. There will also be face painting and easel painting, along with the creation of masks and floppy paper hats that the children can then wear. The young artists will have a chance to make colorful fish and fishing poles with which to catch them. And for those who feel more musical, there will be an opportunity to create some tubular tunes and noise on buckets.
An area will be set up for junior high age kids who want to paint sections of a huge canvas. That art will be displayed somewhere in town when completed.
Though the quantity of art activities is down a bit this year, Reger said the young artists should not feel shorted.
“We’re doing higher quality art, with more involvement by the kids,” he said.
As usual, the festival planners are expecting plenty of budding young artists to get their hands dirty with dye and paint over the weekend. Organizers have purchased 1,000 fish, 700 masks, 900 T-shirts and 100 pillowcases to be transformed into art.
Family entertainment is also scheduled for the stage in the youth arts area. Featured will be cajun music, a surf rock band, jazz, traditional Middle Eastern dance and a magic routine.
“Every year, the kids come and have a great time,” Reger said. “The whole family gets to have fun by coming to the youth arts area. We’re really excited that Youth Arts has become a destination for families.”
The kids area will be shifted a little to the north since road construction in the city will require that Court Street be open to emergency traffic. Consequently, the tie-dying area will instead be on North Main Street in front of the Wood County Senior Center.
The youth area will be in operation Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2010 08:17

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