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Young Artists Shine at Arts Fest Children and Youth Day

by on July 11, 2018 4:50 PM

Wednesday marked the first time Gia Biacchi participated in the Children and Youth Day Sidewalk Sale, and the 8-year-old considered it a smashing success.

"This is my first time doing arts fest," Biacchi, of Loyalsock, said. "It’s very fun and interesting meeting new people and seeing what kind of art they like."

She was among the more than 250 young artists showcasing and selling their crafts along South Allen Street as the 52nd Arts Fest got under way. Biacchi was selling painted trivets and coasters -- the latter of which sold out by mid-afternoon -- as well as necklaces.

"For my trivets we bought tiles and then blew alcohol ink against it. It’s a thin kind of ink that comes in different colors and there are blowers for it," she said. "I made the necklaces by using washers and then got alcohol ink and blew it on some them."

Business, she said, had been very good.

It was a good day for Annie McPherson, 16, and Cate Wettstone, 10, who were participating in their third Arts Fest sale. They were selling colorful noisemakers made using plastic bottles, decorative note cards and magnets, and the especially popular slime.

"They love the slime. That sold really fast," McPherson said. "They also love the noisemakers. Littler kids like these. Kids in strollers really gravitate toward the noisemakers. Older people usually like the cards and magnets."

McPherson and Wettstone were donating 25 percent of their sales to Centre County PAWS.

"We thought it would be nice because we really love cats and dogs," Wettstone said.

McPherson said she enjoys getting to see the work of other artists as well as selling her own.

"It’s always really fun and it’s been really busy today too," she said. "We like walking around and seeing everyone else and what they did."

Riley Minear, of State College, crafted bird feeders out of tea cup sets, as well as decorative people made of tea cups and teapots. She's been making these crafts for a few years and the response from visitors to her booth on Wednesday was great.

"They love it," she said.

Sisters Olivia and Madison Koshko were back for their second year at the sale, offering colorful, handmade headbands. 

"We like to make them and then come here and sell them," 8-year-old Olivia said. "People think they're pretty."

In addition to the sidewalk sale, performances took place throughout the day, with young musicians and dancers entertaining on Allen Street and on Old Main Lawn, where kids also took part in a variety of creative activities.

Arts Fest gets fully under way on Thursday, with the juried Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition and a full slate of entertainment through Sunday.

See photos from Children and Youth Day in the gallery below. For Arts Fest schedules and details, visit

Photo Gallery - 2018 Arts Festival Children and Youth Day

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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