ST. PAULS — St. Pauls residents will soon be able to wear a piece of local art on their sleeves.
T-shirts for the town’s 16th annual Folk Arts Festival will feature a design by Dakota Oxendine and Kaylan Chavis. The teenagers took the top prize in an art contest last month at St. Pauls High School.
Duncan Mackie, president of the festival’s organizing committee, said the competition was fierce.
“It was really a tough choice and we ended up with two winners, which was a first.” he said. “Karena Locklear was kind enough this year to take it on as a design project in her art class, which is a relationship that we hope will continue over the years.”
The winning design pairs an illustration by Oxendine with lettering from Chavis. About 1,000 shirts will be printed and sold at Betty Biggs Total Look Salon, Lumbee Guaranty Bank, First Bank and Brissom Drugs Inc.
“It really tied the community and the festival all together by depicting the musical aspects, as well as some of the arts and crafts features,” Mackie said of the winning design.
Each student received a $50 check for the work, which is available on pink, teal and gray fabric. The T-shirts can be purchased in a range of sizes for $10, with proceeds helping to offset the cost of this year’s festival.
The Folk Arts Festival will be held May 14 in downtown St. Pauls. The daylong event will offer a mix of art exhibitions, live music and food vendors from across Southeastern North Carolina.
“It will have just about anything you could want,” said Mackie, who owns the McNeill-Mackie Funeral Home on Broad Street.
More than 5,000 people turned out for last year’s festivities.
“It’s a whole new festival this year, with vendors and folks coming from Raleigh and Myrtle Beach,” Mackie said. “I hope local folks show up and lend support for those coming from such long distances to share their arts and crafts with us.”
For information, visit ncfolkartsfest.org or call 910-865-4105.
Features editor Jaymie Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5771 or by email at [email protected]