The 5th annual Art in the Park took place on Aug 17th and 18th, 2019, in Founders’ Park, Elkader, IA. Fifty artists represented several cities across Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Live music was provided by ten different groups over the course of the two day event. The musicians ranged from local, Elkader & Strawberry Point, to Cedar Rapids, Minneapolis, and more. Food trucks served up a delicious variety, while festival goers took a break to eat between shopping, and to taste wine. All weekend kids enjoyed painting a large collaborative mural in the Kids Art tent and made their own masterpieces to take with them. Kids were also encouraged to vote for their favorite artist at the event. North Carolina muralist, Brian Davis, visited with onlookers as he completed two impressive murals in Elkader’s main alley during the festival weekend. Throughout the event, organizers and artists were flooded with positive comments from visitors about the high quality level of art, the beautiful scenery, and our community… and that’s what we like to hear!
Also happening over the weekend at Art in the Park:
- A youth art exhibit,
- Installation art throughout the park,
- A Creative Chairs silent auction,
- A chance to vote for your favorite artist with the People’s Choice Ballot,
- A collaborative piece created by the Clayton County Artists group that was auctioned during the event to raise money for future festivals,
- Raffles for ArtBuck$, vouchers that could be used on artwork during the festival weekend,
- Signs pointing to all of Elkader’s new murals that were completed over the summer by the Art in the Alley Project,
- And wonderful volunteers helping out along the way
Art in the Park is an event of Main Street Elkader, organized by a volunteer committee, and supported by the community. It is more than a weekend we celebrate local and regional artists. It is a year round promotion of Elkader, our community, and entire region. Each year our sample survey, taken by visitors who return their People’s Choice Ballots, has shown an increase in the amount of visitors who are seeing Elkader for the very first time. This year our survey showed that 12.6 percent of festival visitors were experiencing Elkader for the first time, which was up from 8 percent the first year! Several of our surveys indicated they were returning for the 2nd, 3rd, or more years. Every year the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive of not only the quality of art, the variety of art, but also of our entire community-spirit and town. This speaks volumes to our local community, our sponsors, and our volunteers – and we cannot thank you enough.
Creating a fifty artist event has enabled us to provide this great diversity in artistic media, while maintaining a balance of supply and demand for our vendors. There is so much to enjoy in our downtown and we’ve been happy to hear that many of our festival patrons ventured out to our local shops, restaurants, bars, gas stations, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and more.
Elkader, continues to grow as an art destination, and our mission is to continue to provide an outstanding cultural experience, a fine art festival that treats our artists like royalty, wows our visitors, and leaves everyone planning their next trip northeast Iowa.
2019 Artist Awards:
The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by FreedomBank, was given to Kris Grover, fiber artist from Marshalltown, IA.
The Committee Choice Award, sponsored by Central State Bank, was given to Rich Herrmann, photographer from Mount Vernon, IA.
The Merchant Choice Award, sponsored by Brown’s Sales and Leasing, was given to Richard Robertson, ceramics from Asbury, IA.
& the first ever
Juror Choice Award was selected by the 2019 guest juror and went to Elizabeth Robertson, ceramics from Asbury, IA.
Thank you to each and every person who volunteered to help make this event possible!
Jillian Webb Herrmann – Chair + Artist Relations
Julie Carlisle-Kane – Food + Music
Ashley Althoff – Social Media + Design
Benjamin Friedrich – Marketing + Design
Sally Stendel – Sponsorship
Kate Lower – Main Street Director
Dawn Herrmann – Hospitality
Adam Scott – Music
The City of Elkader
The Main Street Elkader Board
Dan Cooke (Thrivent) – Volunteer Tent
Robin Ohrt – Sound
Marvin Duff – Emcee
Lynn Larson – Hospitality
Steven Warren – Art After Dark / Hospitality
Sadie Richter – Kids Art Tent
Talia Blaskovich – Volunteer Tent
Teri Ann Gregerson Marting
Shannon Durbin Dallenbach – ArtHaus Spin Art Activity
Jack and Randa Niewoehner
Roger and Rosemary Thomas
Kay and Jay Moser
Ann and Dave Gibney
Bev Hamann – Artist Award Photos
Ed and Kathy Josten
Special thanks to our Youth Volunteers!
And thank you again to all of our generous Sponsors!