Art Flourishes In Fredericksburg, but bringing a bit of culture to small town Iowa is no easy task. This is particularly true given the nature of a challenged economy. However, a group of residents in the small northeast Iowa community of Fredericksburg have accepted that challenge and are overjoyed with the results of their first year’s endeavors.
What started as a vision, is becoming a reality for the newly formed Plum Creek Art Council (PCAC). Several years ago, two local retired teachers, Keith Kreun and Bryan O’Day, contemplated the idea of opening an art gallery in Fredericksburg to display the workmanship of many local talented artists. Future plans would also include the opportunity for people of all ages to participate in art classes including pottery, painting, wood carving, and other artistic endeavors.
The two men set their sights on a historical building located on Main Street along Highway 18. The building had once housed the First State Bank and the Fredericksburg Post Office. In researching real estate, maintenance and operational costs, the men soon realized they needed help to attain their goal. The result was the formation of the PCAC in 2011. It was composed of approximately fifteen community-minded local volunteers.
The PCAC immediately organized and sponsored their first Plum Creek Art Festival last July. A painting of the historic Jackson Street Bridge by local artist, Connie Mohr, was used as the logo for the organization as well as for publicity for the event. The art festival, featuring booths from 21 established Northeast Iowa artists, was deemed a huge success with over 300 in attendance.
The 2013 Plum Creek Art Festival is scheduled for July 13 at Fredericksburg Community Center. The Festival will go from 10 am-4 pm. There will be 25+ artist booths!
The PCAC extends a warm invitation to join them for the festivities and remember, “Earth” without ‘Art’ is just ‘EH’”. (Quote from anonymous source)