The Woodstock Enhancement Committee is searching for local artists to take part in the first Shenandoah County ArtFest.

The event, which will team up with Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts, Shenandoah County Tourism, and Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, will feature art displays and let the community purchase the artwork that’s on display and to interact with local artists.

Katie Mercer, Woodstock’s director of marketing and events, said the event is a way to attract local artists.

“The idea for this event was a vision our town manager, Angela Clem, has shared with us for a few years now,” Mercer said. “As an organization, we recognize and believe in the added quality of life that art brings to people in public spaces and in their own homes. Our Woodstock Artstock is an established and growing public art program so we took the opportunity to further support the arts and host a festival that seeks to attract and showcase established and emerging artists alike, from the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.”

Artists who are interested in taking part in the Shenandoah County ArtFest are encouraged to submit photos of the work they would like to show. A jury will then select which pieces of art will take part in the event. Artists who are selected will be notified no later than April 15.

“There is a plethora of very talented artists in the valley, and we encourage them to participate in this festival which supports their talents,” Mercer said.

The Shenandoah County Artfest will take place June 22, the same weekend of the Vintage Woodstock Festival and Bike Virginia. The application for the event can be found at the Woodstock Town Office at 135 North Main St., 7 East Gallery at 123 South Main Street in Woodstock, or on the town website — http://tinyurl.com/y2h5jr38. Entry deadline is April 1.

Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com