Last spring, as the Coronavirus began spreading across the United States, Chanute schools were closed and school wide public events cancelled. One of the casualties was the annual USD 413 Art Fair. While the school district continues to operate under COVID protocols a year later, teachers and principals have sought new ways to continue some of these traditions.

This year the USD 413 Art Fair will be hosted inside the Chanute Art Gallery in its downtown location, 17 N. Lincoln. Pieces from the elementary, middle and high school will be set up for exhibit and open to the public from May 4 through May 22.

Audra Shelite, art teacher at Augusta High School, will judge the middle and high school artwork. She will award a Best of Show as well as Artistic Merit and Honorable mention awards in 2D Drawing, 2D Painting, and 3D. A public reception will be held at the gallery from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on May 15.

The public can expect to see a variety of work and mediums by students in grades 1-12.