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Talented students, community artists showcase artwork at school festival

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Student and community artists demonstrated their skills and showcased their artwork at the 32nd annual Festival of the Arts at Pequot Lakes High School on Thursday, April 3.

Students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade displayed artwork they’ve created throughout the school year for their parents, relatives and members of the community to admire. Those who attended enjoyed live music, dance performances, pottery and drawing demonstrations, face painting, nail art, numerous refreshment options and more.

One unique feature at this year’s festival was the use of interactive art using a mobile device application called Aurasma. The app allows users to view a piece of art with their cell phone camera and experience an “augmented reality,” where additional content appears on the screen to complement the artwork.

Community artists also displayed their wares, ranging from custom fishing rods, chainsaw art and quilts to fiction books and other local publications.

For more photos of the event and to find out if you got “Klicked,” visit our online photo gallery, Klick, at While you’re there, check out our News of the North video report from the event, where our online director, Becca Clemens, and I interview Pequot Lakes senior Haylie Murphey about her impressive art portfolio.

Chelsey Perkins can be reached at Follow her at and on Twitter @PEJ_Chelsey.

Chelsey Perkins

Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Perkins interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins, and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before becoming the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as the county government beat reporter at the Dispatch and a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.

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