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September 18, 2019

8/7/2019 8:03:00 AM
24th Annual Northwoods Art and Book Festival

Bringing visual and literary arts to the North Central Community has been the mission of the Northwoods Arts Council since its inception. An array of creative artists and amazing authors will again be part of our event at the 24th Annual Northwoods Art and Book Festival on August 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 60 artists will showcase their talents in a variety of media: paint, metal, clay, wood, jewelry, metal and wearable fiber. We have new artists joining the festival this year including: Randy Napier, nature photographer from South Dakota, S.S. Baits with one of a kind fishing lures, and Linda Holliday, functional pottery. Some fan favorites returning include: David Barthel, North Shore images, renowned wildlife artist Jerry Radeke, Becky and Bob Seeman (Artwoods), nature oriented silver jewelry and rustic furniture and accessories, Emily Gray Koehler, printmaker, and Barbara Robertson, precious metal, clay and custom design jewelry.

Matt Swenson will be returning with Baxter, the Minnesota Art Truck, a mobile art studio. This is not a food truck but one stocked with a delicious assortment of one of a kind art to sell from Midwest artists. Baxter delivers loads of something for everyone with eye-catching art.

Don't forget to check out the children's tent with fun colored hair extensions by Auna Brule, local hair stylist, face painting, freehand art, and a Make and Take Lake Arts project available for the kids. A student art exhibit, grades 7-12 from the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley schools will be held outside the entrance of the community building. The Lions will have the kids vision screening inside the community center.

Unique to the festival are the book arts. Over 30 Minnesota authors covering a variety of literary genre will be signing and selling their books. Some returning favorites include: Candace Simar, historical fiction, Rosemary Vaughn, historical romance, Barbara Schlichting, mystery and children's books, Colin Mustful, historical fiction and Gene Stark, Minnesota special interest books. Several new authors will be participating including: Carissa Andrews, International Best Selling Indie author YA SciFi/fantasy/dystopian mix series, Susan Wardell, children's picture book, Becky Flansburg, non-fiction and children's book and Steven Keillor (brother of Garrison Keillor), who writes books on MN history. A panel of three mystery writers, Christine Husom, Pat Dennis and Marlene Chabot from the Twin Cities chapter Sisters in Crime will speak on the featured topic Murder She Writes Again and Again. They'll be able to answer the burning question: are they "plotters", or are they "pantsers" ?

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer as you stroll the festival grounds, or sit and listen to music by Wayne and the Boys. Come hungry as we have plenty of choices. New to the festival this year are food trucks Finer Eats and Meats from the south Minneapolis area, offering a diverse menu, or call 9-Yum- Yum-an ice cream ambulance that will rescue you with a great assortment of ice cream treats. Making their first appearance at the festival will be the Up North Kettle Corn II and The Church Pie Ladies serving up a slice of heaven: fruit pie ala mode with coffee or lemonade. The group is represented by four local churches: United Congregational, The Lighthouse, Sacred Heart and St. Paul's Lutheran.

NAC's Annual Art and Book Festival is a free event making the arts accessible to all. Mark your calendar August 10th from 9 AM to 3PM so you won't miss all the fun. Check out NAC 's website and look for festival brochures and posters when out and about in the community.

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