A few Olde Sawmill Elementary School students will go pro this weekend.

A few Olde Sawmill Elementary School students will go pro this weekend.

The work of about 20 Olde Sawmill Elementary students will be on display alongside the work of professionals at the Columbus Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14, on the riverfront in downtown Columbus.

The work will be included in the Student & Community Art Exhibition in the Huntington Arts Pavilion between COSI and the river.

"I heard about it over the winter, maybe in January, and on a whim, I applied for it," said Amy Cowan, an Olde Sawmill art teacher.

"I didn't think in a million years we'd get in," she said.

But Olde Sawmill was chosen from among several applications to be part of a display of artwork by 100 students from 29 central Ohio schools for the exhibition that allows local artists to show their work at the show.

"It's a way of giving the community a chance to showcase the work of students and local artists," said Jami Goldberg, vice president of marketing, communication and events for the Greater Columbus Arts Council that organizes the festival.

The community exhibition will be by the Big Local Art Tent and near other hands-on arts activities, Goldstein said.

Student artists range in age from K-12, she said.

Olde Sawmill will have a wall and table on which to display art, Cowan said.

Two- and three-dimensional work that gives a sample of what students did this year will be on view.

"The kids were really excited about pop art this year, so we have several pop art-inspired pieces," Cowan said.

Students also had a lesson that compared and contrasted the styles of Georgia O'Keefe and Vincent van Gogh, and were then encouraged to develop their own style.

"Those are watercolor, pastel (and) painting," Cowan said. "There's kind of a little bit of everything."

Students also made clay food, modeled after the Japanese art of fake food models displayed at restaurants, Cowan said.

"We have a really awesome Wendy's hamburger and French fries we'll show," she said.

Cowan said she'll be on hand throughout the festival and will switch out student art so more can be displayed.

Pieces for the festival were chosen by school staff members in addition to the work of two students that had been displayed at the Dublin Art Stroll last month.

"They were very excited and staff (members) are very excited and supportive," Cowan said of student reaction to the exhibition.

"It sounds like we'll have a good turn out."