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Iowa Tourism Outstanding New Event Award Recipient- 2016

We are honored to announce that Art in the Park Fine Art Festival, an event of Main Street Elkader’s Cultural & Entertainment District, received the Iowa Tourism “Outstanding New Event” Award for 2016. We are so grateful and humbled by this award. We want to thank Jennifer Cowsert of the Elkader City Office for nominating us. We appreciate everyone’s support! (L-R: Committee members Benjamin Friedrich, Kris Grover, Roger Thomas, Rosemary Thomas, Leslie Gibbons. Note: Jillian Herrmann not pictured).elkader-fine-arts-festival

Art in the Park | 2016

What a fabulous second year we had Art in the Park, fine art festival, in Elkader, Iowa!

Enjoy these images from this fantastic weekend.






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2016 festival highlights:

New Artists!
Along with several returning artists, we welcomed new artists from across the Midwest and one from as far as California!  With artists working in photography, painting, drawing, glass, encaustics, wood, and more…there was something for everyone.

2016 Art in the Park Artists


Rachel Arnold, Elkader, IA – Ceramics, Photography

Kimberly Bosworth, Decorah, IA – Jewelry

Maureen Burke, Ames, IA – Encaustics

Katherine Chandler, Des Moines, IA – Ceramics

Classy Glass, Cedar Rapids, IA – Glass

Clayton County Artists, Clayton County, IA – Mixed Media

Doug Cole, Sumner, IA – Ceramics

Scott Droessler, Cedar Rapids, IA – Mixed Media

Judith Eastburn, Des Moines, IA – Photography     *This Artist won the 2016 Committee Choice Award

John Eberhardt,  Montrose, IA – Painting

Leslie Jeanne Gibbons, Elkport, IA – Mixed Media, Jewelry

Steve Gibson, Milo, IA – Painting

Diane Gonzalez, East Troy, WI – Jewerly

Harrison Gresham, Garnavillo, IA – Painting

Kris Grover, Elkader, IA – Fiber, Mixed Media          *This Artist won the 2016 People’s Choice Award

Deda Happel, Cedar Rapids, IA – Painting

Mary Harstad, Elkader, IA – Mixed Media

Ellen Henkels,  Dubuque, IA – Painting, Ink, Fiber

Fran Henkels, Dubuque, IA – Metal

Rabecca Hennessey, Guttenberg, IA – Painting

Jillian Webb Herrmann, St. Olaf, IA – Painting, Photography

Will Hildebrandt, LeGrand, IA – Graphite, Pastel, Painting

Lois Homewood, Luxemburg, IA – Photography

Ann McCullough, Strawberry Point, IA – Mixed Media

Christie Melby-Gibbons, Milwaukee, WI – Jewelry

Jeanette Muller, Warren, IL – Photography

Clint Peterson, Winter, WI – Handmade Knives

David Prehm, New Hampton, IA – Painting                * This artist won the 2015 People’s Choice Award recipient.

Susan RayMaquoketa, IA – Jewelry, Photography

Amber Rodgers, Monona, IA – Photography                *This artist won the 2016 Merchant Choice Award

Rural Route 1, Strawberry Point, IA – Screen Printing

Elaine Matt Schaffner, Northfield, MN – Painting

Linda Sue Sulzdorf, Strawberry Point, IA – Ceramics

Charlie Tonn, Monticello, IA –  Stained Glass Ceramics

Frank Walker, Cohasset, MN – Jewelry

Terry Walker, Downey, CA – Glass

Mary Webber, Elkader, IA – Painting

Judy Westemeier, Dyersville, IA – Woodworking

Roger Westemeier, Dyersville, IA – Woodworking

Whitewater Timberworks, Bernard, IA – Woodworking

Becky Wilke, Elkader, IA – Photography, Zentangle

Robert Wolf, Decorah, IA – Painting

Andrew Wroble,  Harpers Ferry, IA – Ink Wash         *This artist was the 2015 Committee Choice Award recipient.




Not only did we have great performers on the Main Stage, we added another stage along the meandering sidewalk, our promenade! Here is a playback to the awesome talent hosted at Art in the Park 2016…

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Delicious Food!

We had a couple returning culinary vendors who brought new and exciting things to the plate! We also had added yummy kettle corn and a tasty Decorah bakery, and another winery to name a few.

Fennellys’ Irish Pub – Elkader, IA

Wild Fryers – Dubuque, IA

Dumpling Darlings – Cedar Rapids, IA

Root River Kettle Korn – Houston, MN

R&R Dairy – Elkader, IA

Empty Nest Winery – Waukon, IA

Café Rose Winery – Edgewood, IA

Beyond the Bar Bakery  Decorah, IA

Elkader Cinema, Prairie du Chien Cinema – Elkader, IA & Prairie Du Chien, WI


kidsKids’ Art!

We held another Area Youth Art Exhibit this year in our kids’ creation station! This year one of the schools that entered artwork was awarded a $100 cash prize toward their students’ art supplies.  Also for the kids, we had a professional puppet show, creation station, and storytime on both days!

ruralcharacterRural Character Scrap Art Exhibit

Another humongous highlight was being sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau and co-hosting their absolutely incredible Rural Character Scrap Art exhibit! We were amazed at the wealth of talent among our area farmers!


Thank you!

Of course, it goes with out saying, this kind of event would not be possible without the countless volunteer hours and support from our community, sponsors, weekend volunteers, and the Art in the Park Board.

Can you believe this sponsor list!? It definitely takes a village..

2016 Sponsors

Main Event Sponsors

The Iowa Arts Council  a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts

Clayton County Farm Bureau  *In conjunction with Art in the Park, be sure to view the “Rural Character Scrap Art Exhibit,” sponsored by the Clayton County Farm Bureau, in Founders’ Park August 20 and 21.


Brown’s Sales and Leasing – Sponsoring the 2016 Merchant’s Choice Award
3M – Sponsoring the Children’s Creativity and Exhibition Tent


Schera’s Algerian-American Restaurant
Fire Farm Lighting
Central State Bank


Gifford Insurance Agency
Zach Herrmann, Attorney
Heritage Printing
Black Hills Energy
Rockadot Graphics and Creative Services
Wisconsin Public Radio
The Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center


Robert & Theresa Hauber
Aureon Tech/Network SVS
Florence Gifford
Keith & Kathy Garms
Zapf’s Pronto Market, Mike & Joni Zapf
Moser Family Pharmacy, Jay & Kay Moser
Grau Logs & Lumber
Royal Products
Community Savings Bank
Caterpillar, Inc.
Signs N Frames
Julie Doeppke, American Family Insurance Agency
Erhardt, Gnagy, McCorkindale, Vorwald, Attorneys At Law
Bridge Street Boutique & Gift, Kathy & Ed Josten
Rivals/ Rural Route 1, Strawberry Point
Thrivent Action Team
Andy and Leslie Gibbons
Alpine Communications
Farmers Culligan
Inspire(d) Magazine
Opera House Players
Roger and Rosemary Thomas
Willow Creek featuring JWebb Fine Art & Photography
Fennellys’ Irish Pub
Elkader Care Center & Kingston Court
Community Savings Bank – Edgewood
Prairie Cinemas & Elkader Cinema
Whitt’s Custom Framing


Supporters $100-$249

Tim and Peggy Juergens
Ray’s Excavating LLC, Ray and Kathy Peterson
Welterlan Motors, Inc., Edgewood
Wilke’s, Dave and Becky Wilke
The Dallenbach Durbin Family
Auto Collision Specialists, Scott and Julie Torkelson
Fitzgerald, Inc.
Oneota Food Co-op, Decorah
Garms Financial Services
Bob and Hila Garms
JEM Salon and Spa, Dawn Medberry
Northwestern Mutual, Danielle Shea
John and Marjorie Finley
Dr. and Mrs. Ken and Fran Zichal
The BackStitch, Karen Jackson
Windridge Implement, Eric Nordschow
Roger and Rosemary Thomas
Elkader Eye Clinic, Dr. Bruce Landis
Innovative Ag Services Co.
Kevin Imoel DDS PC Oelwein/Strawberry Point
Empty Nest Winery
Barn on the Bluff B&B
Joan Wangen & Romuald Piorkowski


Tim and Jamie Burgin
Turkey River Mall
General Store and More, Monica Stence
The Copper Frog
Ishman Fine Jewelry, JoAnn Ishman
The Beauty Bar
Coast to Coast Store, Maury Glesne
Olson Appliance, Paul and Gloria Olson
N Joseph Stender, DDS
Sue Stott
Subway – Elkader
Corby’s Tire and Muffler
Everett’s, Scott and Betty
Treats on Bridge Street
Gene’s Place, Gene and Judy Vigen
Drew’s Sports Bar & Grille
Elkader Golf & Country Club
Elkader Tax & Bookkeeping, Kurt and NiCole Dennler
Art Haus – Decorah
Allamakee Clayton Electric Cooperative
The Store, Eddie & Lois Nelson
In Memory of Ethelyn Herrmann Berns by Sylvia Meyer
Antiques on Main
The Burger Barn, Chuck and Kari Seeland
Runde Autogroup
Elkader Greenhouse, Steve and Pam Stahr
Elkader Chiropractic Center, Jamie Hammersland, D.C.
Camp Power Sports/ Napa, Drew and Bridget Camp
Bahls Insurance
Chiropractic Advantage, Timothy Kane, D.C.
Blockhus Plumbing and Heating, Kelly & LeAnn
Del and Marla Reimer
Turkey River Rentals
Elkader Floral Shop, Janis Lerch
Once Was Boutique, Deb Schmidt
Jack Management
John and Sue Gnagy
John and Jane Metcalf
Kolin Korsi, Clayton County Farm Bureau Agent
Clark & Janet Ott


Thank you, Thank YOU, Thank you!

See you next year in Founders’ Park

August 19th and 20th, 2017!