In it's third year, the Reinbeck Art Festival has proven to be a fun, down-home event, with local and regional artists showcasing their expertise in a variety of mediums. This juried festival will feature thirty-two artists, live music, door prizes and children's art activities. New this year is an art activity for grownups, a community painting. Participants paint one panel of a design that will make up the total image, which is
Van Gogh's "Irises." The panels are prepared and ready for painting, so it's a great way for anyone to get their paint on. The event and all activities are free to the public.
The event will be Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside booth locations will be on Main Street down to the corner of Broad and Main Streets and up Broad Street to the Memorial Building at 208 Broad Street, where the inside artist vendors are located. In the case of inclement weather, the rain location is the United Church of Christ directly across from the Memorial Building. Festival Chairperson Julie Russell-Steuart says, "It's actually unusual for an art festival to offer a rain location. We like to take care of our artists and patrons who come expecting to have a great day." She adds, "Many artists complimented us last year on how well they were treated!"
Photography by Rich Herrmann. Smyth Road Barn: Weathered barn near Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Ceramic artist Sonata (www.sonataka.com) used this photo as part of a mural which stands over 20 feet tall in the Linn County Community Services Building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Community members were also very pleased to have a wonderful event that encourages so much creativity.
The children's art activities this year are: Eric Carle Art Project, ceramic tile decorating, doodle art and clay creations. Musicians playing will be: The eNablers, Chris Draffen, Aaron MacNally, Kirk Eastman and Sugar &
Spice. A special CD compilation from UNI New Horizons Band will also play.
Local restaurants with specials plan to cater to festival patrons, and other downtown businesses will be open.
Becktoberfest at Broad Street Brewing Company will also be taking place in Reinbeck the same day.
Local businesses and individuals have generously donated money and time to make this community event happen.
The Reinbeck Art Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Grundy County Community Foundation - General Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.
2014 Artists: Jan Bernhard, Janna Bowman, Marion Boyer, Kristin Cleveland, Janet Drake, Kathi Fehr, Rosemary Frederiksen, Bruce Gordon, Rick Green, Cynthia Harris, Rich Herrmann, Stephen Hunter, Mickey Johnson, Shallie Johnson, Teresa Johnson, Susan Kim, Lisa Mahr, Lisa A. McClurg, Alex Moen, Melissa Nelson, Ann Olsson, Peggy Pearce, Mike Rose, Steve Russell, Julie Russell-Steuart, Emily Schroeder, Sarah Sheets, Jan Stephan, Sandy Trampe, Michael Warnick and Carol Wilson.