Art Under the Elms offers three days of art, crafts, music and food
LEWISTON, Idaho - The Lewis-Clark State College campus will be filled with visitors from all over the Northwest, as the annual Art Under the Elms takes place Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29.
The signature event of the LC Valley's Dogwood Festival, Art Under the Elms features over 100 artist booths, more than 20 food vendors, live entertainment on two stages and fun for the entire family. An average of 12,000 people attend Art Under the Elms each year.
Artisan booths will offer digital art, drawing, fiber, fine craft, furniture, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, music, painting, photography, woodworking and more. Food offerings include veggies and specialty dips, Philly steak sandwiches, smoked ribs, gyros, Filipino plated dishes, Chinese plated dishes, Italian sausage, Jamaican plated dishes, all American hamburgers, tacos and burritos, elephant ears, funnel cakes and even deep fried brownies.
The Family Fun Fair includes activities like face painting, balloon animals, crafts, hands-on art mural, attractions/games and the interactive Dogwood Tea Fairy Party Experience. There is also a first-chance opportunity to sign up for LCSC Summer Kids College classes at the Kids' College booth.
Dogwood Festival t-shirts and Dogwood Concert tickets will be available for sale at Art Under the Elms. The concert, "Shake, Rattle and Roll - A Rockin' Tribute to the King," featuring renowned Elvis impersonator Scot Bruce, takes place Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the LCSC Activity Center.
Festival hours are Friday, April 27, 12 - 6 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. General admission is $3 for a three-day pass. A pass is $2 for seniors (65+) and LCSC students with a Warrior ID card. Children under 6 are admitted free. Passes can be purchased in advance from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the LCSC Continuing Education and Community Events (CECE) office, located on the 2nd floor at 415 Main Street in downtown Lewiston. They can also be purchased at the festival gates.
Also happening Saturday, just west of campus on 4th Street, is the Dogwood Show & Shine, from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. It is free for spectators.
To encourage visitors of the festival to purchase items, Art Under the Elms has developed a special purchasing incentive. Nearly all of the artists have offered up at least one piece of their work to be included in a drawing. Any visitor who shows proof of purchase for $50 or more at the information booth during Art Under the Elms (by 2 p.m. on Sunday) will be entered into the drawing to win one of the donated art items. The donated items will be on display at the information booth. Every $50 spent allows more entries into the drawing. The more spent, the better a visitor’s chances to get an art item. Winners will be notified the week following Art Under the Elms and can pick up their items from the CECE office.
Art Under the Elms is coordinated by LCSC Continuing Education and Community Events. Money raised is used to fund CECE programs.
Over 200 volunteers from the campus and community help out during the weekend. For more information about Art Under the Elms, or to volunteer, please call (208) 792-2447. You can also learn more about the festival at www.lcsc.edu/aue