The Pierce City Arts Council presents the 5th Annual Pierce City Arts Festival Saturday May 18 from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the city's south park, Pierce City Park. Admission is free. Artists will display their work including photography, wood turning, jewelry, pottery and painting in a variety of media. Jacob Furry, a Monett 8th grader, will return as a featured student artist with his popular origami creations and other intricate paper art. There will also be a booth provided for Pierce City High School Art students and their work. Professional urban artist, Vincent “AJ” Alejandro of Carterville is expected to attend the festival, creating a positive message through a demonstration of graffiti art. AJ is known for creating the Hope Wall on Main Street in Joplin after the 2011 tornado. The Pierce City Arts Council will also launch its own root beer, dubbed "Brian's Root Beer" in honor of the late Brian Andelin, who was an Arts Council member and enthusiastic arts festival supporter. Numerous food vendors will be available, along with various vintners offering wine tastings. Free art workshops will be offered throughout the day, and budding potters have the opportunity to make a work of clay and have it fired. For more information visit www.piercecityartsfestival.webs.com.