Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center presents its second annual Art by the River Fine Art Festival and Workshop on Saturday, June 9, at Ingleside Park in Guttenberg. The free event will showcase the work of more than 20 area artists and will offer workshops, live music and food all day long.
Kicking off the art festival on June 9 is a free yoga class in the park at 8 a.m. The class is for all levels and will emphasize a colorful practice. White tents will line the sidewalk along the Mississippi River as artists from around the region display their work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Selected artists will also offer demonstrations throughout the day.
Exhibiting artists are expected from the Guttenberg area as well as from Ankeny, Dubuque, Solon, Elkader, St. Olaf, Mt. Vernon, Vinton and Harpers Ferry; Winter, Wis., Glen Haven, Wis., Galena, Ill., and St. Charles, Ill. These include painters, photographers, jewelers, ceramic artists, sculptors, glass blowers, basket weavers, and mixed media artists. One artist will also offer temporary Henna tattoos in her tent. Thirteen artists are new to the festival this year; the rest are returning.
"We are highlighting many of our artists on our Facebook page in the days leading up to the festival," say organizers. Images of the artists' work and short biographies or artist statements are posted twice weekly to give potential event-goers insight into all the day has to offer.
Youth art activities will be offered at no cost from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the pavilion. Free workshops for adults include wheel pottery, inkwash and river jewelry-making. Bent Willow Studio and Gallery will host a hot air balloon-themed finger painting workshop for beginners. Please register in advance for this workshop.
Live music starts at 9 a.m. with Carpe Diem, followed by vocals and keys by Sophia Landis from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Musician and storyteller Mark Armstrong will entertain audiences from 2-4 p.m.
Kaffee 1858 and Public House of Guttenberg will bring a local twist to the food offered at the event. Brainfreezers Sno Cones are back by popular demand with dozens of refreshing flavors of shaved ice. Lumpia Shanghai will serve lumpia, crab rangoons, sesame chicken, orange chicken, teriyaki on a stick and bubble tea.
Art by the River Fine Art Festival & Workshop is provided at no charge to attendees thanks to sponsors Alpine Communications, Fidelity Bank & Trust, The Guttenberg Motel, Travel Iowa and Umbrella Arts, as well as hospitality sponsors Eagle Ridge Independent & Assisted Living.
“We have a wonderful day of arts entertainment planned for June 9, showcasing the talent of artists and musicians in our area,” said Olsen. “It’s an amazing event, not to be missed!” For more information, visit Guttenberg Gallery & Creativity Center's website.
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