Los Leones Student Arts Festival to be held Oct. 25

October 17, 2014

The 18th annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival has something for everyone. This family-oriented event will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 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.

In addition, there will be musical entertainment, food booths, a chalkfest, glass blowing demonstrations, caricaturists, and face painting. 

"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 Taft High School “Cinderella Teasers” performing at 10:35 a.m.; the Jordan Middle School mimes group performing at 11 a.m.; the Pease Middle School “Voces del Barrio” performing at 11:30 a.m.; the Stevenson Middle School mimes group at noon;  Folks and Briscoe middle school students performing the “Thriller Zombie Walk” at 12:30 p.m.; and Brennan High School students putting on a “Children’s Theater” at 1:15 p.m.  Chalkfest awards and closing ceremonies will begin at 1:45 p.m.

And the Grand Prize Winner is ….

In the Los Leones Publicity Contest, there more than 100 entries submitted for this district-level competition. Grand Prize winner is D’Marco Garcia, an 11th grade student at Stevens HS. His winning art, titled “Los Leones Lion Groovin,’” will be seen on the publicity poster and on the event shirt.

Other winners included:

Elementary category: Arianna Apolinar, first place, Northwest Crossing ES; Shyanne Murphy, second place, Evers ES; and Angelina Guerrero, third place, Raba ES.

Middle School category: Gabriella Castro, first place, Folks MS; Melanie Branch, second place, Rawlinson MS; and Lizandra Zapata, third place, Jones MS.

High School category: Gianni A. Montanez, first place, Taft HS; Kaitlin Umlang, second place, Taft HS; and Brandon Martin, 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.