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Fairfield First Fridays to feature youth art

This drawing by Fairfield student Anna Dunlap is one of many that will be featured Friday. (Photo submitted)
This drawing by Fairfield student Anna Dunlap is one of many that will be featured Friday. (Photo submitted)
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FAIRFIELD — Fairfield First Fridays will celebrate Youth Art Month by featuring the work of local youngsters during Friday’s art walk.

Fairfield Community School District and Maharishi School will have artwork on display by local students. Albums of their work will be posted Friday on Fairfield First Fridays’ social media pages, and links to the albums will be posted on its website at fairfieldfirstfridays.org.

Art walk coordinator Marla Brader noted that the March art walk would normally be a time for members of the Fairfield High School speech team to perform their acts at the Fairfield Public Library. COVID-19 has prevented that from happening this year, though Fairfield High School speech coach Fred Hucke hopes he can record the students performing their acts, which could then be posted online in time for Friday’s art walk.

“I told [Hucke] that if he could get that done, I’d make sure it got up,” Brader said.

Brader said the artwork that will be available for viewing Friday comes from students at the Fairfield Middle School, Fairfield High School and various grade levels of Maharishi School.

Fairfield First Fridays started a new tradition in 2019 of giving the April art walk a “theater crawl” theme. Brader said that requires small spaces at multiple venues, where patrons view a play for 15 minutes before moving onto the next location.

“That’s something we could potentially move online, or we might have to tweak how it’s done,” Brader said.

Brader said the art walk board makes decisions about whether to hold online or in-person events by consulting with the Jefferson County Public Health Department.

“If public health advises us not to get together, then we don’t,” Brader said.

Brader said the summer art walks, beginning with the one in June, are tentatively planned to be held outdoors, but that depends on that status of the virus at that time.

“We’re looking forward to resuming some outdoor events like the outdoor movies in the summer,” Brader said. “It will be easy to social distance at those, and we have new sinks to help with hand washing. We can have prepackaged concessions, too.”