And on Saturday, the
At least 50 pieces of art by youth will be on sale Saturday at WenDesigns, located at
"They sell out," Winstead said.
More than a decade ago, Winstead decided to hold a special event that aimed to promote
Five years ago, Winstead said she decided to gear the Art in August event toward young artists in
"When we started introducing kids into Art in August it exploded," Winstead said. For several years now, Winstead contacts different art teachers throughout
"We connect with the teachers and the teachers get them here," Winstead said.
Several young artists are selected each year and paint over the summer months. The 10 students selected this year from
"They can sell them or just show them," said Winstead, who has purchased several pieces of art from youth who participate in the exhibit. She's even used those pieces to decorate her own bathroom.
"We do not keep any of the proceeds," Winstead said. "It's totally theirs."
In years past, young artists usually donate whatever they make from the sale of their artwork to a local organization within the
Art sizes on Saturday will range from 8 by 10s to 11 by 14s. They will also have some smaller sizes, too.
'SUPPORT THESE KIDS'
Lunch will be served for community guests and participants Saturday. In addition to the exhibit, Art in August will have an added fun activity for the public.
"This year we are doing something new," Winstead said.
"You choose the one you like, then you customize it," she said. WenDesigns will also feature discounted items in their store Saturday.
Winstead said it's important for the community to support young artists who are able to express themselves through their work.
"It's an outlet," she said. "It's a way when you can't be vocal to be vocal and you can speak through your art."
WenDesigns hosts the event to not only give back to the
"I'm trying to give them independence and self-confidence," she said. "If an art teacher sees promise in that student and that student has a passion for it, we want them to gain self-confidence by showing what they love to do. That's part of why we love doing it for the kids."
Winstead said she encourages the community to head out to Art in
"Just come and support these kids," she said.
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