Calling All Pets
Annual ARF-Fest at Winnsboro Center for the Arts
On Saturday, May 11th, during Winnsboro’s Spring Fest, dogs, cats, pigs, mice, or donkeys (and all other pets large and small) will be featured in an exhibit of students’ paintings and sculptures at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA). WISD students, as well as students being home-schooled, can submit the drawing, painting, or sculpture of their pets by May 6th at their school's office or at Sayadream Studio on the corner of Elm and Market streets in Winnsboro. The artwork will be on display at the WCA beginning on May 8th. The best of the artwork will be awarded prizes and ribbons following the event.
"The ARF-Fest Pet Parade is always a lot of fun," says event coordinator, Helen Burlingham. "People like to dress up their dogs and walk around downtown."
To be in the parade, pet owners of any age can register at WCA by 10:30 AM on May 11th. The 11 AM Parade on Market and Elm Street will be followed by the awarding of ribbons and prizes for Best Dressed, Largest, Smallest, Most Unusual, and Owner Look-Alike.
WCA has arranged to have pets from the Winnsboro Animal Shelter and Mineola’s APET Shelter available for adoption that day. The agencies will be set up on the corner of Main and Broadway (Hwys 37 and 11).
In addition to the art exhibit inside the art center, there will be photographers to take pictures of pets, as well as a selection of goods and services for pets. Volunteers will be on hand to collect donations of pet food for the Winnsboro Animal Shelter. "They told us they will accept any brand of pet food," says Helen Burlingham, "but prefer Pedigree Adult Dog Food, Purina Puppy Chow, Purina Cat Chow, and Milk Bones."
Join us on May 11th to show-off or just admire all of the four-legged, two-legged, or no-legged friends of the community at WCA’s ARF-Fest.
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts was established in 2001 as a rural community arts center to foster visual, literary, and performing arts. It is housed in an historic building in downtown Winnsboro and is run entirely by volunteers and supported by donations. WCA is dedicated to embracing the spirit of creativity, thereby enriching the lives of the residents of a five-county area in rural East Texas. The goal is to become a vibrant, energizing resource for those wishing to experience and develop talents in creative expression in the arts.
EMBRACING THE SPIRIT OF CREATIVITY