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Youth art, music sought for showcase

Area youth are encouraged to enter artwork or play music at the third annual Youth Music and Art Showcase Aug. 18-20.

Art will be displayed in Park Rapids downtown businesses and will be judged by professional artists. Register and drop off artwork at the Community Education office by Monday, Aug. 8. Call 237-6606 with questions.

Elizabeth Lempola, 18 of Park Rapids, has already entered three pieces of art. Her works include a painting, photo and collage.

Musicians of all kinds will perform at a variety of Park Rapids downtown businesses. Saturday evening is the main concert, which will be at the outdoor pavilion at the Jokela Rodeo & Auction Grounds on Highway 34 east. Call 255-1120 to sign up as a musician.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is organizing the event.

The concert will feature reggae band "Make the Most," with Josh Prendiz, lead vocalist, on guitar; Brandon Prendiz on drums; and Roger Fenzel, back up vocalist, on bass. Other performers will be local singer/guitarist Alex Ziemann and singer/ songwriter/guitarist Cole Randall.

Tickets for the concert sold in advance at Beagle Books and The Good Life Cafe and at the door are $5 for adults, $20 for families and children under 5 free.

Student artists' works, including paintings, photography, sculpture and pottery, will be shown at businesses in downtown Park Rapids. A panel of judges will view the students' works.

Four $100 scholarships will be given to high school and older students and four $25 scholarships to middle school age students. A schedule of the young artists and venues will be available to guide people to all locations.

Day care providers and parents of preschoolers are invited to bring their children downtown to do chalk art on sidewalks Friday morning. Free chalk will be available at Wildwood Enchantment, 209 South Main Ave.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.