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Friday, July 15, 2016

43rd Annual Stockholm art fair with fine art and live music

STOCKHOLM  - The 43rd annual Stockholm Art Fair will be held Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10am to 5pm in beautiful Stockholm, Wisconsin Village Park. Original art and fine crafts will be exhibited come rain or shine.

The art fair has been a ‘happening’ in Stockholm for 43 years now and is an event that people from a wide area look forward to year after year.  The ambiance of the small town of Stockholm (population: 66), the high quality of artwork, good food and excellent music make it a perfect summer destination!

The Stockholm Art Fair has come a long way since its inception in 1974.  Back then, a group of artists who had recently moved to the area held the art fair as a way to “let the people know who we were and what we did.”  The thinking was that if no one showed up, it would still be a fine day for a picnic in the park.

But people did come to the upstart fair on this wide spot of the Mississippi River called Lake Pepin.  Chickens were bartered, kittens were given away, and enough art was sold to set in motion an evolving annual event.  This year marks the 43rd Stockholm Art Fair, now a juried fine art show, and the village of Stockholm has become a center for art, music and unique shopping.

This year, 106 artists will fill Village Park just off the Great River Road (Highway 35 in Wisconsin) on scenic Lake Pepin.  Artists will come from five states to show and sell their paintings, jewelry, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber—wearable & decorative, leather, photography, and more.  The fair also features live, original music all day long, and local foods made by area chefs.

Each year a different area artist creates the poster.  This year the poster painting is by Barbara McIlrath, a talented Pepin artist whose paintings have been shown and collected widely by many museums and individuals over the years.  The original painting is currently in an exhibit at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.  Copies of the poster will be on sale at the Information Booth at the art fair, along with a fun new item – the poster on a potholder! Collectors love the selection of posters from past fairs that are also for sale.

The food is unique and primarily local as well – You will find grilled portabella mushroom sandwiches, Thai chicken & vegie wraps, wood-fired pizza, organically raised chicken and beef pita sandwiches, and great locally roasted and brewed coffees.

The Stockholm Art Fair is truly a community celebration and is a perfect way to spend a summer day in a small town nestled between the bluffs and the Mississippi River.  Some parking is available in the park, and more parking is just a short free shuttle ride away. Come early, stay late, and bring the whole family!  You will not want to miss this summer art fair!  Visit our website for more information:  www.stockholmartfair.org. 

Some of the art work which will be on display and for sale at the 43rd annual Stockholm Art Fair on July 16

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