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Snow can't stop young artists

Artists and festival-goers brave the snow on Sunday, Oct. 14, during the Red Wing Arts Fall Festival. Photo by Rachel Fergus.

Despite the mid-October snow, the Red Wing Arts Fall Festival was filled with art lovers, Red Wing community members and a lot of hot coffee. This year, the festivities also included a new attraction: the youth art booth.

Six students, ages 12-18, displayed and sold their art at the festival. The young artists filled their tent with photography, mixed-media collages, decorated pumpkins, mini-Minnesota's made out of clay, a painting of outer space and more.

Eva Engberg, 16, displayed watercolors of architecture and landscapes, as well as collages created on pieces of wood that included drawings, photos, 3D pieces and paint. When asked how long art has been a hobby, Engberg replied, "years, years, years, years, forever."

Gabby Foos, 12, stood on the other end of the tent surrounded by photography. Foos explained that she began to become serious about photography three years ago. Twin Bluff fifth-grade teacher Emily Nelson and Foos's great-grandparents encouraged her to explore her love for photography. Each photo featured a scene from the outdoors and was unedited and unfiltered. "I like to take pictures of things that aren't always considered beautiful," Foos said.