The sixth annual Queen of the Prairies Festival of the Arts will kickoff Saturday in downtown Sedalia with approximately 30 art and craft vendors.
This year, the festival will be a one day event hosted at Second Street and Ohio Avenue and will coincide with the downtown Scott Joplin International Ragtime activities.
“It’s a collaboration between Sedalia Downtown Development (Inc.) and the … the Sedalia Visual Art Association,” Meg Liston, SDDi administrator and QPFA co-chair, said. “A lot of groups suggested we put it with the Scott Joplin Festival, and there are a lot of pluses to it, but there is also some difficult maneuvering.”
A drawback is that QPFA usually has strolling docents dressed in vintage costumes, but many of the volunteers are helping with the Scott Joplin Festival. But the on the plus side, artists and vendors will have a broader audience this year.
“I have been presenting it to my artists that it (Scott Joplin) is international we get people from all over the world who come to it,” Madge Gressley, QPFA co-chair, said. “I’ve been playing that up to the artists and hoping they will get a good return.”
Artists this year include not only local and area people but from other states as well.
“We have an artist from Florida coming this year,” Liston noted.
Jinsheng Song, an award winning artist and owner of Golden Art Studio of Fort McCoy, Florida, was born in 1965 in Jinzhou City, Lianing Province, China. According to Song’s website, he creates very intricate paintings of landscapes, abstracts, people and hu-tong meaning narrow street scenes of China.
“He has beautiful work,” Gressley said.
A few local artists participating in QPFA this year are Doug Kiburz, wire tree sculpture, Don Nichols, blacksmithing, Glenda Miller, painting, Mark Hammond, photography, Pamela Morris, oil painting, Kathleen Boswell, weaving, and Daivd Giarratano, glass art.
“We have handcrafted jewelry,” Gressley added. “One lady does jewelry, but she re-purposes vintage jewelry. Deby Gilley she’s a Best of Missouri Hands artist. She does woodblock prints. She’ll be demonstrating.
“Julie Sieving is also a Best of Missouri Hands artist and she does painting and ceramics,” she added.
Sedalia artist Linda Hoover will be “roaming.”
“She’s going to be doing caricatures and taking her easel and going all over,” Gressley said.
Food vendors include Table of 5 Catering, Moore’s Cotton Candy and Carousel Kettle Corn. New this year are Yumeez Ice Cream and Ozark Coffee Company.
Music will be provided by Bill Gordon and Mike Todd. Gordon and Todd will play in the grassy area behind Wilken Music facing Lamine Avenue.
OPFA will also have Kid’s Alley this year where children can play and create crafts. For those needing information while at QPFA Elaine Ray will oversee a Hospitality Tent sponsored by Central Bank of Sedalia.
Queen of the Prairies Festival of the Arts will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at East Second Street and South Ohio Avenue.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.