This year, MJAC is changing the focus of the event. It will no longer be a place for visitors to purchase art; instead, it will be a place for visitors to create and appreciate art. The mission of the Arts Council is to make art accessible to everyone, and that means helping people to express their own creativity. Since last fall, MJAC has hosted Textile Tuesdays, Thursday Salons, and workshops on topics such as mold making, drawing, painting, chalk pastels, and t-shirt scarves. The Council is planning many more workshops, including some for children and teens, which will take place during the summer.
Because the workshops have become so popular, MJAC will offer several activities for public participation at Gallery 3West during the course of “Artstock: The Experience.” The activities will include pottery and fiber demonstrations, plus a series of hands-on mini-workshops, including mold making and drawing, so that visitors can have their own artful experiences. The specific activities and schedule will be announced at a later date.
As always, the student art competition and exhibit at the Lumina Center will be a featured attraction. Teachers from Mifflin County schools bring their students’ artwork to be displayed. Student art judging will take place the evening of Friday, May 16, and the installation will be open to the public on Saturday, May 17, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, May 18, from noon until 3:00 pm. The Arts Council encourages the public to visit the exhibit and support the creativity of our local youth.
The music will also be different this year. The main music attraction will be the River Valley Idol finals, which will be held in the parking lot between Juniata Valley Bank and Wilson’s Jewelry on Monument Square, beginning at 2:00 pm. Although Riverfest has been discontinued, River Valley Idol will go on, thanks to Chris Ruble, Friends of the Embassy, MERF Radio, and Juniata Valley Winery. Several talented singers, who competed in the open auditions in April at the Historic Mifflin County Courthouse and Juniata Valley Winery, as well as at the semifinals at the Embassy Festival, will meet for one final competition to determine who will be this year’s River Valley Idol. MERF Radio will broadcast the event live from Monument Square.
Saturday evening, following the River Valley Idol contest, MJAC invites the public to relax downtown with the music of several other local bands, including The Fireskippers.
Visit www.mifflinjuniataartscouncil.org or Facebook for more information about this and other MJAC events.