ArtFest of Matthews will be Sept. 28-29 on the town green in Matthews.More than 50 regional artists will display their work in the juried show and will have pieces for sale. But Matthews sculptor Michael Everitt says, in his opinion, the most amazing part of ArtFest takes place in the Depot, the home of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. That’s where the more than 200 high school art show entries are on display. Everitt said each year the entries in the contest, open to area high school seniors in Mecklenburg and Union counties, top those of the year before. “I’ve been doing this for 14 years, and every year it just gets better and better. I’ve been an artist since I was in second grade, but I’m dumbfounded each year by the quality of student work. These are high school seniors, and their work is amazing,” Everitt said.The students are competing for $2,500 in scholarships, with a $750 scholarship as the grand prize. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded, and the professional artists taking part in ArtFest will vote on the Artist’s Choice award. The public can have their say as well by voting on the “People’s Choice” award. “I hope everyone comes out and looks at the artwork on the green and enjoys the live music,” Everitt said. “But I also hope they will take time to go into the depot and view the student work as well. I don’t want them to miss the youth.”
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Want to go? ArtFest will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28, and noon-5 p.m. Sept. 29, on Matthews Station Street in front of the library/town hall. In addition to artists, there will be live music and free activities for kids. For more information visit www.matthewschamber.org or call them at 704-847-3649.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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