Music academy, art group team up for festival

PENDLETON — Artists of all stripes, as well as people who enjoy the arts, will have a new event to attend in Pendleton this summer — and possibly in summers to come.

Studio 3 Music Academy is partnering with fellow not-for-profit Pendleton Artists Society to conduct the Pendleton Music and Art Festival from 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

“In our little area here in Pendleton, we have so much talent, and we’re excited to showcase it art-wise and music-wise,” said Tess Denen, co-owner of Studio 3.

The event is scheduled to take place throughout downtown Pendleton and into Falls Park.

Local artists will display and sell their work, and local musicians will play in multiple locations. Writers also will be able to set up to sell their latest work.

There also will be family activities all day long with refreshments available.

The evening will end with a marquee showcase at the park, with performers to be announced.

One event planned in the park is a singing contest called “Pendleton Idol,” modeled after the “American Idol” TV show.

There will be three age categories: 11 and under, 12 through 18, and 19 and older. Cost to enter is $15, and the top three places in each category will win a prize.

Participants can either sing alone, have someone accompany them on piano or acoustic guitar, or sing to a track. The track will need to be music only.

Each entrant will perform one song and must register ahead of time online at

The showcase is a family-friendly event, and all songs must be screened before the contest for appropriateness.

Denen said she is looking forward to a day during which artists can gather and share their talents with visitors and each other.

She said if the festival goes well, it would become an annual one.

For more information on the festival or to participate, visit or contact Denen at the studio.


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Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or