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View Artwork, Buy Books, Give Blood at Hazelwood’s Community Art Fair June 1

Hazelwood Supports the Arts in North St. Louis County – Kathy Mallone Simon of St. Peters, was one of several artists that participated in last year’s Community Art Fair and Used Book Her painting titled, “European Adventure,” won the Artists’ Choice award.

The Hazelwood Community Enrichment Commission Artists is hosting the 10th Annual Community Art Fair and Used Book Sale on Saturday, June 1, at the Hazelwood Community Center, in White Birch Park, 1186 Teson Road. The event will also feature a Blood Drive offered by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Commission has been hosting this event for the past decade. One of the commission’s responsibilities is to support the cultural arts in the City of Hazelwood and to encourage residents to form an appreciation for artistic expression.  This event is free.

Local artists, age 16 and over, are invited to display and sell their works of art using oil, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, pastels, and pencil.  The artwork must be appropriate for all ages to view. Participation guidelines and registration forms are available at either the Hazelwood Community Center or Hazelwood City Hall.

Each participant is limited to ten entries.  All entries will be professionally judged in these four contest categories: Landscape/Still Life; Real Life; Fantasy/Science Fiction; and Abstract. Cash prizes, along with blue, red, and white ribbons, will be awarded to the top winners of each category. In addition, winning entries from last year’s event may be displayed.

Hazelwood’s Community Art Fair attracts artists from all parts of the St. Louis metropolitan area, including members of the Northside Art Association who meet regularly at Prairie Commons Library in Hazelwood. Last year, Kathy Mallone Simon of St. Peters, Mo., won a blue ribbon for the Artists’ Choice award since her painting titled, “European Adventure,” captured the most votes cast by the event participants.  Simon has been painting for about 30 years.  Her painting was based on a breath-taking scene she saw in Europe.  Other artists like Simon will be featured at this year’s event.

In conjunction with the Art Fair, the Commission will be hosting a Used Book Sale offering a variety of hardback and paperback books at bargain prices that appeal to the young and old alike.

There will also be a blood drive. Every three seconds a patient needs blood. From heart surgeries to joint replacements, organ transplants to mothers giving birth, and leukemia treatments to cancer tumor removals, blood is the essential lifeline that keeps people alive.

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center advises donors that the process will take 45 minutes to an hour.  Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years of age.  Also, the last date for them to donate blood elsewhere is May 25.  Those interested in donating blood can reserve an appointment time.  Simply call Steve Rahmberg at (314) 921-4762 to pre-register and lock in a preferred time slot to avoid waiting in line.  Walk-ins are accepted as well.


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