Los Leones Arts Festival to be held Oct. 19

October 11, 2013

The 17th annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival has something for everyone. This family-oriented event will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 and includes an art show and sale with more than 2,500 pieces of high quality student artwork by NISD students.

Admission is free to the event, which will be held at the Leon Valley Community Center on Evers Road from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free shuttle bus to the event will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from the parking lot at Leon Valley Elementary School and from the new Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) driver license facility at the corner of Huebner and Evers roads. (Visitors are asked to park in the large main parking lot, not in front of the building.)

In addition, there will be musical entertainment, food booths, a chalkfest, demonstrations by professional artists, balloon art, and costumed characters.

"Please come out and support Northside student artists as they show and sell their original art,” Superintendent Dr. Brian T. Woods said. “It's important that our student artists know that their creativity and talent can also be economically beneficial." 

Exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., with the opening ceremonies and awards program beginning at 9:30 a.m.  

Musical groups include the Holmes High School mariachis performing at 10 a.m., the Clark and O’Connor high school theater players at 11 a.m., and the Burke Elementary Choir at noon.  Chalkfest awards and closing ceremonies will begin at 1:30 p.m. 

And the Grand Prize Winner is ….

In the Los Leones Publicity Contest, there were 132 entries submitted for this district-level competition. Grand Prize winner is Kaitlin Umlang, a 10th grader from Taft High School. Her winning art will be seen on the publicity poster and on the event shirt.

Other winners included:

Elementary Category: Casey Birmingham, first place, Lewis ES; Christopher Becerra-Coleto, second place, Lewis ES; and Yvette Diaz, third place, Martin ES.

Middle School category: Sam Zaragoza, first place, Rudder MS; Zake Bjontegard, second place, Hector Garcia MS; and Lizandra Zapata, third place, Jones MS.

High School category: Roberta Veliz, first place, Taft HS; Mary Haynes, second place, Clark HS; and Marissa Ledezma, third place, Stevens HS.

Two dozen judges from business partners will select their personal “pick of show,” awarding $25 prizes in the categories of elementary, middle, and high school art.  

The inspiration of former Leon Valley Mayor Marcy Meffert, Los Leones was developed to encourage student artists and help them to learn “the business of art,” while establishing an active arts community in the city of Leon Valley.

The event is a partnership of the city of Leon Valley, Northside ISD, and the Northside Education Foundation and showcases the artwork of numerous Northside students, teachers, and visiting artists-in-residents.