Art Under the Elms is set for this weekend
A variety of artistic wares on the display along with activities for young and old highlight the 26th annual Art Under the Elms three-day artesian fair April 23-25 on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College.
The event, which started in 1984 as a celebration of the arts in North Central Idaho, attracts more than 100 regional artists who have the wares for sale. Art Under the Elms is the signature event of the month-long Dogwood Festival in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
Admission prices for the event are $3 for a one-day or three-day pass, $1 for LCSC students with a current student ID card, and children age 6 and under will be admitted free. No dogs or pets are allowed into the event.
Also during the three days, there will be performances on two stages, activities for children and families, and a large food court.
The event runs noon-6 p.m. on April 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 24, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 25 on the lawn just north of the Administration Building and east of the library on the LCAC campus.
A number of hand-crafted items will be showcased, including ceramics, digital art, fiber/clothes, fine craft, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal work, mixed media, mixed media 3-D, music/instruments, painting, photography, and woodworking. There are will be some pre-packaged foods available.
The Family Fun Fair, which has free activities for children, including ring toss, lawn bowling, spin art, bean bag toss, and face painting. There will be balloon sculptures by Slinky the clown.
One of the highlights of the Family Fun Fair is the Tea Party and the Dogwood Fairies. On both April 24 and 25, there will be five tea parties with a maximum of 30 people at each party. Raspberry ice tea and other treats will be served free by the fairies, which sprinkle fairy dust and welcome visitors to the event. Each child in attendance also will receive a manners scroll, which contains 10 rules to tea etiquette, to take home. Because seating is limited, there will be sign-up sheets at the area of the tea party, which will be west of the LCSC Administration Building. Adults are welcome but they also must register for the 30-minute event.
Throughout the three days, there will be a number of performances on two stages. The main stage is at the LCSC Student Union Building’s Amphitheater. The music ranges from classical to oldies/rock & roll. Scheduled performers include the Clearwater Quintet; Chiroto Marimba Ensemble; Lukenbill, Faller, and Snodgrass; Supremely Pointless Sisters; Clearwater Chamber Orchestra; Eric Bowen Jazz Trio, and Wanigan.
The other stage is the community stage where there will be dance and martial art groups among the performances.
A variety of foods and beverages will also be sold at the food court, which is located on the road on the east side of the Student Union Building. Full meals featuring Chinese, Mexican, barbecue, and American foods will be available, along with snacks such as lemonade, snow cones, doughnuts, and ice cream will be available for purchase.
For more information on Art Under the Elms, including a complete list of the artists, performances, activities and food court, visit www.lcsc.edu/aue , call the LCSC Continuing Education & Community Events office at (208) 792-2605, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org