The Boyne City and Petoskey High School hospitality programs will present their skills in a Culinary Arts Showcase from 1-3 p.m. in the Edith Gilbert Gallery. Visitors can sample selections created and served by hospitality students while viewing the Youth Art Exhibit and listening to young writers read their winning selections.
This year, members of the community, Rachel Brougham, Ron Fowler, Dale Hull, Mary Sue Prantera, Neil Ahrens and Tom Renkes, read and judged more than 200 entries of poetry and prose written by students in Charlevoix and Emmet counties.
"Voices of authenticity and meaning were what I was looking for and found," said high school juror Neil Ahrens. "The work that gave me pause and hope is what was rewarded."
"This is the second year that we will be showcasing hospitality students from both Boyne City High School and Petoskey High School," says Megan DeWindt of Crooked Tree Arts Center. "Including our area student culinary artists in the Youth Arts Festival allows them a chance to showcase their hard work and talents in a public venue. It is exciting to see that hospitality programs in our area schools are growing and are encouraging the art of preparing food as well preparing students for careers in the industry.
"We have found that combining these two events is a positive way to bring parents and families together to experience the young talent in our community," continued DeWindt.
The Youth Arts Festival is sponsored in part by the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs. Prizes for the Young Writers Exposition are sponsored by Jim and Patti Aikin. The Culinary Arts Showcase is sponsored by Lynn Dinning.
For more information about the juried writers expo and the culinary showcase or other youth programs offered at Crooked Tree Arts Center, visit www.crookedtree.org or contact DeWindt at (231) 347-4337.