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SEK Art Fest Seeks Artists & Sponsors

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CRAWFORD COUNTY, KANSAS -

3D fine artist Jenna Spencer says "I'm wanting to add a tutu around the pig to make it a pig ballerina and to the horse I want to add fiberglass wings to make it a Pegasus."

The possibilities are endless for this summer's "Southeast Kansas Art Fest." This year the committee is inviting artists to decorate farm animals to beautify downtown. In the past they've painted much larger fiberglass footballs and coal buckets, but this year artists will be painting concrete pigs, ponies, and cows to celebrate the hundredth birthday of the Crawford County Fair

 "SEK Art Fest" Chairperson Leslie Harris says "We are actually going to auction off our animals at the fair in conjunction with the live animal auction, Where there are real animals being auctioned off."

Before they are auctioned off they are going to be displayed around town. But this summer they will be taken inside to protect them from vandals, a disappointment for some artists who've participated in the past.

Photographer Terri Steele says "Not everybody is going to go into every single store to see the product. And so if it was out on Broadway all you had to do was drive up and down."

"SEK Art Fest" is planning to bring people indoors by showcasing the animals as an ongoing art exhibit.

Harris says "We will say okay if you want to go on this little path to see all of the different animals we will give you a map to look around town."

Spencer says "I think it's fine, just kind of changing it up it might get more people into the businesses in downtown Pittsburg, so I think it's a great idea."

All the money that "SEK Art Fest" raises from those auctioned objects goes back into the community to create more works of art like the writing on top of the mural on Broadway & 5th and to support other cultural events throughout Crawford County.

Steele says "I think it's a wonderful cause. I just think we need to maybe to try find AN in between the big ones that people don't know what to do with and between the small ones and heavy ones that people don't know what to do with."

After the auction the committee sees buyers displaying them on their front porch or in their garden, not just in Pittsburg but across Crawford County.

The concrete objects are a lot cheaper this year and range from $250-$500.

If you'd like to decorate one or sponsor a farm animal there is info on the '
Crawford County Visitors Bureau website. <http://visitcrawfordcounty.com/common/page.php?pt=sekartfest&id=251>

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