The 4-H Festival of Arts is an annual event sponsored by the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders’ Association and the Buffalo County Fair Association that allows 4-H youth to share their skills and talents by exhibiting in the following categories: arts, crafts, photography, marketing, communication arts (speaking), music and drama. Exhibitors received valuable feedback on how to further develop their skills from qualified judges in each area. The 4-H Festival of Arts is the showcase of a multitude of impressive and expressive 4-H youth performers and artists. The educational event was held Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Alma Area High School. The event featured over hundred unique youth exhibits and performances by 4-H youth from across the county.
The following youth received merit awards in recognition of their excellent exhibits and performances:
Arts & Crafts: Norah Lisowski (2), Aidan Lisowski, Hazel Wik, Nessa Noll (2), Bray Wilkerson, Julia Moats, Alison George, Matthew Putz, Alan George, Finley Noll, Alison George, Hunter Wik, Alivia Pichler, Morgan Guenther, Rylee Rosenberg, Brooke Putz, Grace Pichler (3), Abby George, Hannah Noll (2), Josh Linse, Karissa O’Connell (3)
Communication Arts-Speaking: Grace Pichler, Nessa Noll, Finley Noll, Hannah Noll, Paige Danzinger, Grace McQuiston, Madalyn Wick
Demonstrations: Austin George, Alison George, Abby George
Marketing: Alison George
Photography: Nessa Noll, Aidan Lisowski, Norah Lisowski, Alivia Pichler, Hunter Wik, Julia Moats, Alison George, Jake Linse, Finley Noll, Abby George, Grace Pichler, Hannah Noll, Karissa O’Connell, Morgan Guenther, Austin George, Josh Linse, Paige Danzinger
Instrumental/Vocal Solos: Julia Moats, Kaleb Krzyszton (2), Philip Krzyszton, Grace Pichler
Aidan Lisowski of Golden Hornets 4-H, Karissa O’Connell of Lookout Legends 4-H, and Grace Pichler and Alivia Pichler of Hilltop Climbers 4-H each took home a Best of Show for the art or craft in their age division.
Grace Pichler and Alivia Pichler received top arts honors at the 4-H Festival. Their artwork is advancing to the Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference State Art Show in Madison, Wisconsin, June 26-29, 2017.
Youth who received top 15 merit awards in the photography division will have the opportunity to display their images in the University of Wisconsin – Extension webpage and social media for a period of time. View those images at http://buffalo.uwex.edu/top-15-photography-from-4-h-festival-of-arts/
Photography Top 15 images included: Austin George, Best Storytelling Photo; Karissa O’Connell, Best Rural Life Photo; Karissa O’Connell, Best Plant Photo; Julia Moats, Best Landscape Photo; Grace Pichler, Best Portrait Photo; Alison George, Best Domestic Animal Photo; Josh Linse, Best Use of Framing Photo; Nessa Noll, Best Use of Sepia Photo; Karissa O’Connell, Best Action Photo; Paige Danzinger, Best Flower Photo; Morgan Guenther, Best Wild Animal Photo; Aidan Lisowski, Best Background/Foreground Photo; Norah Lisowski, Best Insect Photo; Abby George, Best Use of Thirds and Depth of Scene Photo; and Abby George, Best Architecture Photo.
The 4-H Festival of Arts also featured STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning experiences for youth and adults. Visitors engaged in creating their own STEAM projects with the use of 3-D printing pens and made paper shapes in a art process called quilling.