Youth art shows ag from their perspective

One of Kurtis Klein's dioramas at the Kids Creative Corner in 2017 depicted a grain elevator. Youths will have the chance to display their artwork during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum again this year.

SPOKANE — The Kids Creative Corner returns to the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum again this year.

Area youths have been asked to create an ag-related project for the show.

According to the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, the project could be made from Legos, or a diorama, drawing or painting, recycled art, clay or other materials.

“It gives the kids a chance from age 1 to high school to shine and show what they do,” said Expo director Myrna O’Leary.

Kurtis Klein, 14, and Kaylee Klein, 12, of Edwall, Wash., both entered last year. Kurtis entered two farm dioramas, one depicting a grain elevator and one a hillside harvest. Kaylee entered a horse diorama. Both hoped to show what farm life looks like.

“We like to share with others our love of agriculture and arts and crafts,” Kaylee and Kurtis said in an email. “It is fun to see what other kids created. It’s a fun way to get kids excited about agriculture.”

Josie Beck, 9, of Fairfield, Wash., submitted a picture of a barn and silo made of different grains and beans.

“I decided on that so I could show the different types of grains harvested and thought it would be neat to color them to make the picture,” Beck said in an email.

She hoped to show what is harvested throughout the world, she said.

Beck said she got “a lot of excited reactions” from people for her entry.

“I think (the program) is an important thing to have so that kids can show off their creative art work that is based off of what they they are growing up around,” she said.

Exhibits must be related to agriculture.

Entries must be a size that can be hand-carried, and are to be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and picked up from noon to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. All remaining entries will be disposed of after 2:30 p.m.

The age categories are 7 years old and under, 8 years old through 12 years old and 13 years old through 18 years old. Participants that are 18 must be in high school at the time of submission.

All entries will be on display at the 2018 show.

Entries receive a free ticket to the expo, and two more tickets to give to family, friends or otherwise.

Prizes include “Best of Show,” “Most Creative” and “Show Director’s Choice.” Each winner in the three categories receives $25 and a ribbon.

Winners will be chosen and announced on the first day of the show, at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the exhibit in the Spokane Convention Center.

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