2017 Artists

From far and wide we welcome these talented artists listed below to the gorgeous rolling hills of northeast Iowa for Elkader’s third annual fine art festival!   You’ll be excited to see some returning artists along with several new faces in Founders’ Park on August 19th and 20th! Please follow us on facebook to see a preview of festival artists, current events, and images!

Charles Anholt, Cedar Rapids, IA – Painting

*Lyndal Anthony, Dubuque, IA – Woodworking

Rachel Arnold, Elkader, IA  – Ceramics

Kimberly Bosworth, Decorah, IA – Jewelry

Melissa Brown, Decorah, IA – Fiber Art

*Katherine Chandler, Urbandale, IA – Ceramics

Doug Cole, Sumner, IA – Ceramics

Nash Cox, Chariton, IA –  Painting

Judith Crandall, Volga, IA – Painting

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

John Eberhardt, Montrose, IA – Painting

*Leslie Gibbons, Elkport, IA – .Jewelry, Painting, Fiber

*Brian Gibbs, Elkader, IA – Photography

Steve Gibson, Charter Oak, IA – Painting

Marisa Goerend, Saint lucas, IA – Ceramics

Diane Gonzalez, East Troy, WI – .Jewelry

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

Susan Guyer, Garnavillo, IA – Painting

Deda Happel, Cedar Rapids, IA – Painting

Natalie Heiring, Glen Haven, WI – Painting

Rabecca Hennessey, Guttenberg, IA – Painting Demo

*Jillian Webb Herrmann, Saint Olaf, IA – Painting

*Will Hildebrandt, LeGrand, IA – Painting

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

*David Leeper, Cedar Rapids, IA – Sculpture

Charlie Tonn, Monticello, IA – Stained Glass Ceramics

Susan E. Kuennen Massman, Elgin, IA – Fiber

Ann McCullough, Strawberry Point, IA – Pen, Pencil, Ink, Painting

Christie Melby-Gibbons, Milwaukee, WI – Jewelry

Jeanette Muller, Warren, IL – Photography

Patricia Peters, Maquoketa, IA – Jewelry

*Clint Peterson, Winter, WI – Handmade Knives

*Ketaki Poyekar, Elkader, IA – Painting

*Susan RayMaquoketa, IA – Jewelry, Photography

Rural Route 1, Strawberry Point, IA – Screen Printing

Karen Rushton, Iowa City, IA – Painting

Rhonda Scott, Ames, IA – Jewelry

*Cindy Skeie, Windsor Heights – Photography

*Linda Sue Sulzdorf, Strawberry Point, IA – Ceramics

*Mariella TerBeest-Schladweiler, Preston, MN – Fiber

Dean Traver, Mount Vernon, IA – Photography

Frank Walker, Cohasset, MN – Jewelry

*Terry Walker, Downey, CA – Glass

Judy Westemeier, Dyersville, IA – Woodworking

Roger Westemeier, Dyersville, IA – Woodworking

Pamela White, West Des Moines, IA – Glass

Becky Wilke, Elkader, IA – Photography

*Andrew Wroble,  Harpers Ferry, IA – Ink Wash

Clayton County Artists, Clayton County, IA – Mixed Media

* Artists that donated to the 2017 Silent Auction – Thank you!


Click on highlighted artists to view their personal website.

The artists for 2017 have been selected. If you are interested in applying for Art in the Park 2018, please check back here for the online application in the fall.



The 2017 artist application deadline has been met.


Check back in the fall to apply for Art in the Park 2018, here on our wesbite.

2017 Artist Guidelines & Application
Art in the Park | Founders’ Park | Elkader, Iowa
Saturday, August 19th, 10-5pm & Sunday, August 20th, 10-4pm

2017 Artist Application Process

Please review the artist guidelines and complete the online application below
for a chance to be a 2017 Art in the Park exhibiting artist.

Jury Process

Art in the Park is a juried fine art festival. Submit three quality images of your original artwork. Before uploading your images, title them as the following example using your last name, first name, and image number: Smith_Jane_Image1.jpg.  Include one booth image if available. Your images should represent the work you will exhibit at Art in the Park. The majority of work sold must be original art, see description and information below. Images of work, completed application, and fees must be received by The Art in the Park Board at Main Street Elkader by March 1st, 2017, in order to be included in the jury process. Our esteemed juror will then select the 2017 Art in the Park exhibiting artists. Artists will be notified April 2017.


Three (3) high quality images not to exceed 3mb each must be submitted, along with an image of your booth if available. Please use the following format for titling your images: Smith_Jane_image1.jpg. Your images may be used by Art in the Park for promotional purposes in print and online. If you plan to exhibit in more than one medium, you are allowed up to three, please include images of each medium and tells us about each medium in the description text box.


The 2017 Booth Fee is $50.00 and the 2017 Juror Fee is $10.00.  All exhibitors are required to send two checks, one for the booth fee, and one for the non-refundable juror fee. The booth fee check will be held by Main Street Elkader until the jury selection has been made – mid March. Checks should be made payable to “Main Street Elkader,” with “Art in the Park” in the memo line. 


We accept fine art handmade by the exhibitor in the following categories: Drawing, painting, pastels, mixed media, photography, fiber, textiles, jewelry, metal works, ceramics, glass, sculpture, wood, and more. Each artist is allowed to show up to three mediums. Only the medium(s) that the artist specifies in the application may be displayed. Select your primary medium from the drop down and be sure to include your secondary media in the description/text box.  Policy on prints: All prints (photographic, lithographic, wood cut, giclee, inkjet, etc.) must be limited edition and numbered. The only exception will be note cards. If prints of original artwork (watercolors, oils, pastels, etc.) are sold, the artist must also be selling a selection of original artwork as well. We do not accept imported, manufactured, or resale items. Policy on jewelry: Jewelry must be designed and handmade by the artist, using precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, enamel, glass, fiber, clay or other material. Beads are accepted with preference given to beadwork made or woven by the artist.


All exhibitors are required to exhibit under a tent space.  All exhibitors must have suitable anchorage (weights and/or screw-in anchors are necessary). Exhibitors are responsible for furnishing and erecting their own booths, which must not extend beyond the space provided by the festival. We recommend white tents with three sides.

Shared Booths

Two independent artists may share a booth, but no more than two. Both artists must submit individual applications and must both be juried into the event. Both artists must fill out their own applications, each pay the $50 booth fee, and each pay the $10 juror fee.  All artists must go through the jury process and be selected by the juror to participate.


Before setting up, artists must check-in at the central welcome tent in Founders’ Park. A volunteer will be available to assist  you checking-in on Friday, August 18th, between the hours of 2pm-6pm, or you will need to check-in on Saturday, August 19th, between the hours of 7am-8am.


Check-in will begin at 2pm, August 18th, and at 7am on Saturday, August 19th. After you have been checked-in you may set-up at your leisure as long as everything is ready by 9am on Saturday, August 19th. Art in the Park is open to the public on Saturday, August 19th, from 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday, August 20th, from 10am to 4pm.  Exhibitors will be required to keep their booths open until festival close each day. The artist must be present throughout the festival. Exhibitors who do not follow these guidelines will not be invited back.

Sales Tax

Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting all taxes, including 7% Iowa sales tax.


This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Vendors should prepare accordingly (including adequate shelter with sufficient anchorage). No rain date will be scheduled nor refund given for inclement weather.


Camping with hook-ups and showers are available in Elkader. See City of Elkader’s website for more information: Area hotels and bed and breakfasts can be found on the website:


We appreciate your commitment to Art in the Park. There will be no refunds guaranteed. To be considered for future years, please immediately notify us of any cancellation concerns by phone: 563-245-2770 or e-mail:

Consent and Release

I have read the Exhibitor Guidelines and agree to them by selecting the box in the artist application form. I agree to assume full liability for any injury or loss to me or my property during the event. I expressly release The City of Elkader, Main Street Elkader and its representatives from all liability, or for any loss or injury. Exhibitor agrees to pay for all legal fees and costs in any action resulting from the enforcement of this contract.

Thank you for applying!