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The-ArtsIt has been a long-held vision by members of the Upper Valley Art League to bring a juried fine art event to the Valley. Their vision is about to come to fruition with a juried fine art festival planned in November. The show will be held at the Mission Community Center, 1420 E. Kika de la Garza Loop in Mission.

Three prominent artists from the greater Texas art community will view and approve the art for inclusion in the festival. All works will be original, with no prints or copies displayed. Artists interested in having their original pieces included are invited to enter.

The three-day event will be held Nov. 15 through 17, from 12 to 7 p.m. on the opening day on Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Artists will be on hand all days to meet the public, and art demonstrations will give the public an opportunity for insight into their methods. Food, vendors and entertainment will be part of the activities each day.

The showing artists will compete for prizes, including a first place cash award of $1,000 with $500 and $250 going to the second and third place winners, respectively.

The artists’ works will be on sale, and Maxilou Link, UVAL president, noted this event is not a “craft show or garage sale” but “…an event to elevate the opinions of the very hard to please” for the discriminating buyer.

To enter original art, contact Link at 655-3153; Robert L. Rivera at 566-0576 or robert@missiontexas.us; Juan Saenz at 432-7739 or Jaydsaenz27@yahoo.com; or call the UVAL gallery at 583-2787 during regular hours.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.

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