Library features Altoona artist
The Altoona Area Public Library invites the public to enjoy the art of Michael Kensinger of Altoona.
On any given day it is hard to tell where you might find wildlife artist and illustrator Michael Kensinger.
Michael Kensinger is the June artist of the month at Altoona Area Public Library.
Inspired by the beauty of this world from the age of 4, Kensinger began teaching himself how to render birds and other wildlife.
Aside from the personal enjoyment he gets from creating wildlife art, his pieces are used to generate interest and education about conservation.
By the age of 17, Kensinger's acrylic painting of blue-winged teal ducks placed best of show out of nearly 700 entries in Pennsylvania and was placed in the national competition for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
This rare honor granted him the opportunity for his piece to be displayed for a limited time at various spots throughout the U.S., including the Smithsonian Museum of Art.
More recently, his watercolor of an American Coot placed top 10 nationally for Nevada's 2013 Waterfowl Stamp Competition.
Kensinger is building his portfolio and expanding his horizons with new exhibits and new contests. He is hoping to land a job as a contributing illustrator for a number of outdoor publications.
To view more of his work or purchase prints of his work, email him at MichaelKensinger@gmail.com or call him at his studio at 505-3410.
This exhibit may be viewed through June 30 during regular library hours on the ground floor.
Bike ride, 7K to raise money for CAST
CLEARFIELD - On June 22, bike riders, runners and walkers from all over the area will gather at Elliott State Park to participate in the seventh annual CAST Tour de Parks Bike Ride and 7K through Elliott State Park and Parker Dam State Park.
Riders will have their choice of four ride options: 5, 15, 22 and 35 miles through wooded areas riding entirely on paved and dirt roads.
Those doing the 7K (4.5 miles) will travel the same basic path as the shortest bike ride. All routes are well marked with manned rest stops along the way. Maps will be available for all participants the day of the event.
When the riders and walkers return, they will enjoy a picnic meal before heading home.
Check-in opens at 11:30 a.m. on ride day at the pavilion at S.B. Elliot State Park, and event participants depart at 1 p.m. Helmets must be worn by all riders, and all riders younger than 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Those wishing to participate in this annual event can download a registration form from the CAST website at www.castbuilding.com, or call the CAST office at 765-4474 and a form can be mailed to you, or stop in the CAST office. The registration fee is $20.
CAST is a nonprofit organization with its roots in the Old Town Players from the 1940s. CAST brings quality entertainment to the area in the form of live theater, band concerts and other arts-related activities.
The CAST building is at 112 E. Locust St., downtown Clearfield.