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Children's art activities abound at FestivALL

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The focus of FestivALL shifts Saturday and Sunday to the youngest fairgoers, as Capitol Street, between Virginia and Quarrier streets, becomes a place where children and their parents can experience all kinds of art. The Children's Art Fair runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in front of the main library, 123 Capitol St.

Several professional artisans will assist children in making arts and crafts they can take home with them. These artisans are Valerie J. Asbury (fiber arts), Trisha Fox (pottery), Samantha Mosby Belcher (mixed media), Mary Lou Wiegand (calligraphy), Robby Moore (mixed media) and Chazz Barrow of Zendik Arts (paper bead rolling and jewelry).

Children from neighborhood programs will sell their arts and crafts, as well. Minnie Jones, Children's Art Fair Coordinator, said it's exciting to see the things the children have created.

"And it's great to see the children so excited to be at the fair," she said.

Jones said wares will include necklaces, other types of jewelry, note cards, wreaths made from pipe cleaners and ribbon, felted soaps and art on canvas. Some of the children created their pieces at 4-H Camp the week before the fair.

"There also will be some things for the garden -- painted clay pots, stakes for plants."

Where the proceeds go is up to the individual neighborhood partner program.

"Some proceeds will go directly to the children, if the program makes that decision," Jones said. "Some of the programs do a community budget, and the money goes into one pot, divided between all of the students."

It's hard for the children who sit for two long days and don't sell anything, so this way everyone who works so hard is rewarded, Jones added.

Neighborhood partners include the Bob Burdette Center, Charleston Montessori, the East End Family Resource Center, the 4-H Program, Mountaineer Montessori, the Piedmont After School Program, ProKids, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Charleston, the Second Avenue After School Program, the Tyler Mountain YMCA, and the YMCA of Charleston. Earlier this year, for the first time, professional artisans consulted with the programs on possible projects for sale at the fair.

Special accommodations are made for children with disabilities. Everything is free, except for the wares sold by the children.

The Library Street Fair further enhances Saturday's offerings by sponsoring activities on the library plaza. A book sale will be held inside the library.

Reach Sara Busse at sara.busse@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.


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