• Youth Art Display

    Youth Art Display

    For the past 3 consecutive shows, over 500 pieces have been entered each year!  
  • Festival Co-Chairs

    Festival Co-Chairs

    Leah Johnson and Will Roundy have coordinated the Youth Arts Festival since 2009.
  • Arts and Crafts

    Arts and Crafts

    We will have lots of craft activities during the day. Come and have fun with your friends!
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Wallowa Valley Youth Arts Festival

Attention All Youth Artists--Kindergarten through HS Seniors

It's time for the Wallowa Valley Youth Arts Festival!

This exciting annual event features a wonderful display of artwork, lots of awards ribbons, hands-on activities, and musical performances by area youths.  The show was first initiated in 1989 by local photographer Doris Woempner, and has been chaired over the years by several tireless youth-art supporters including Joan Madsen and, from 2009 to 2015, Leah Johnson and Will Roundy. For the past three years, Maria Weer who lives in Lostine and works for Building Healthy Families has led the show. The Wallowa Valley Arts Council proudly sponsors the Youth Arts Festival each year and applauds the many volunteers who work so hard to bring us this fun-filled extravaganza.

Please join us! Volunteers are always needed for the Friday afternoon set up of display racks and Saturday afternoon breakdown.

Contact Maria Weer here.

Where: The Place in Joseph
When: Saturday, April 21st, 2018, 10am-3pm

Art Show Categories

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Mixed Media/2-D Collage
  • Sculpture/Woodworking
  • Photography / Printmaking
  • Fiber Art/Ceramics/Jewelry


Students are allowed to enter three pieces of art and ribbons are awarded for first, second and third places in each age group. All art work receives a ribbon.  We will award 3 Director's Honorable Mention ribbons, and 3 Artistic Merit ribbons along with a Judges Choice Award. Patrons of the festival also get to vote for the People's Choice Award.

How We Judge (pdf)

Age Groups
Special Needs; K-1st; 2nd-3rd; 4th-6th; Middle School; High School

Along with viewing the wonderful display of artwork, children can participate in some hands-on art activities and listen to musical performances by area youths. Admission is free.


Registration forms are sent home with grade school students at the beginning of April. They can also be picked up at Building Healthy Families.

Registration forms need to accompany artwork when delivered.

Art work can be dropped off between April 2nd and April 19th at Building Healthy Families.

Friday, April 20th, artwork must be delivered to The Place in Joseph before noon. Judging begins at noon.


Artwork Pick-Up

Artwork can be picked up following the final awards presentation on Saturday (at about 2:45). If artwork is not picked up by 4:00 pm, organizers will do their best to return pieces to the appropriate school. If artwork has not been returned to the artists within a week after the arts festival, please inquire with Maria Weer at the contact listed above.

If you have any questions please call or email Maria Weer at the contact information listed above.