MARQUETTE - For the first time this year, young artists were able to sell their creations - from candles to bracelets to jewelry - at the Hiawatha Music Festival.
The Young Artist's Corner was a new exhibit this year after the festival coordinator saw a similar exhibit at the Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, Mich., said Katy Divine, a Youth Artist's Corner coordinator. Youth ages 7 to 17 who were 2013 festival ticket holders could to apply to be part of the exhibit. All six applicants were allowed in this year, Divine said.
"We didn't get very many applicants for our first year, but I'm excited to see such a wide variety of work," she said. "I think it's a great program."
Young artists were featured this year at the 35th Annual Hiawatha Music Festival Saturday at Tourist Park in Marquette. The artists sold their creations — from bowls made of old records to copper jewelry. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Applicants were required to send in a picture of their work or a sample. They also had to have a parent OK their entry and accompany them to the fest. But during the festival, the children were left to do their own marketing and sales.
"A lot of the items are upcycled materials, which is great to see," Divine said. "Upcycling is using materials that already exist and creating it into something new."
Sage Pfaffle, 10, of Gwinn took copper and silver scraps and made necklaces, charms and keychains.
"My mom's friend makes jewelry and she gives me all her scraps," Pfaffle said. "I put sayings and designs on all of them.
"I used to do it when I was younger, but I wasn't very good at it," Pfaffle said. "So I wanted to try it again and I've been doing it since January."
The Young Artist's Corner was open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only but applications for next year are already available.
"I'm excited about the whole program, and if we had this when I was a kid I would have done it," Divine said.
For more information, visit hiawathamusic.org.
The Hiawatha Music Festival continues today with the final performance starting at 9:05 p.m.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org