Summer season is in full swing. The sun shines, the rain falls, the tent goes up, the tent comes down, as we make our way around the state to different fairs, festivals, and art shows. We love seeing all of you, and are so grateful that you’re supporting our dream! We can’t thank you enough.
July has been busy – shows, a vacation (yea!), a small flood in our shop (ugh!), and working on new items has kept us very busy. I don’t want to wish the summer away, but I’m hoping Mother Nature gives us a break soon from the heat and humidity. I just keep reminding myself that cooler days are just ahead, and that snaps me right out of my misery!
So this weekend, we’re trying something new – a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for the Art on the Rocks Art Fair in Marquette, July 29th and 30th. Hours on Saturday are 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. The show is held at Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior – from what I hear, it’s a great location! A little bit about the show….
Art on the Rocks™ has grown to one of the finest art shows in the country, attracting over 140 artists and 10,000 people each year. In 2017, we will be celebrating our 59th annual fine art and crafts festival in Mattson Lower Harbor Park, sandwiched between Marquette’s historic downtown and the Cinder Pond Marina on beautiful Lake Superior the weekend of July 29th and July 30th.
To maintain the tradition of excellence, 30% of the show is made up of artists invited based on a scoring system used by our previous show judges and the other 70% selected in a jury process held in April.
Reunion, vacations and other events are scheduled to insure that a visit to Art on the Rocks can be the focal point of a trip to the Upper Peninsula, specifically Marquette in late July. This celebration of art and talent has been an important component every summer for a half a century for those who live or visit in this area.
The month of August is busy, busy, busy! You’ll find us out and about every weekend in August:
August 5th – 39th Annual Lakes Country Arts and Crafts Fair – 9am to 3pm. Lakewood Town Hall & Activity Center, 17258 N Road, Lakewood, WI. Over 200 artisans offering original work. Free admission. Food and refreshments. Sponsored by the McCaslin Lions.
August 6th – The 50th Annual Starving Artist Fair will be held on Sunday August 6th from 9am-4pm, on the grounds of the Racine Gateway Campus (East Park) at 10th and Main Street. The Fair is a family friendly, free event that is sponsored and organized by the Racine Art Guild.
Over 100 fine art exhibitors will show a wide range of mediums including: photography, painting, printmaking, jewelry, woodwork, ceramics and more. A popular feature of the fair is the Scholarship Raffle. For the third year the raffle will feature artistic accent tables created by the Racine Art Guild members. All proceeds go to the Guild’s Scholarship Fund. A creative table can be yours for a ticket donation of $2 each or 3 for $5.
As you stroll around the fair grounds you will see fine art from many midwest artists, a Silent Auction filled with pieces from the art fair vendors, a Boutique filled with Racine Art Guild member’s art for sale, and a Kidz Korner where kids of all ages can create art.
August 12th & 13th – Green Lake Fine Arts Show – Held in Playground Park, along the Mill Pond in Green Lake, this is one of our favorites! Great artist quality, good food and live entertainment! Show hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. The Green Lake Fine Art Show is heralded as one of the Midwest’s finest art shows. The show has received the Green Lake Magazine’s Reader’s Poll Award for “Favorite Attraction” for 8 years.
August 19th & 20th – The beautiful backdrop of Geneva Lake at Library Park is our home for two days of fun at the Venetian Festival in Lake Geneva, WI. Saturday hours: 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 10am to 4pm. 110 booths of artisans!
August 26th & 27th – Our first venture to Chicago! For more than 30 years, the Bucktown Arts Fest has been a neighborhood tradition and one of Chicago’s premier arts festivals, showcasing close to 200 juried artists who work in oil, watercolor, photography, textile, sculpture, jewelry, and so much more. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually, we also focus on making art free to the public—hosting two music stages, dancers, poets and performers, arts activities for kids, food trucks (as of 2015!), and craft beer and sangria. Hours: 11am to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday. Location: Across from Holstein in Senior Citizen Park, 2200 N. Oakley Avenue, Chicago, IL. We hope you can join us!
Well, that sums up the rest of July and August. We hope to see you at an Art Fair or Festival to celebrate summer in Wisconsin!
And remember – you can never oil your wooden ware too much – have you oiled your board, utensil, vessel, lately?
We’ll see you – down the road!
John and Trudie