This will mark the start of the Hidden River Art Festival in Brookfield. It is at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center there. I feel especially proud of this festival because I used to be a volunteer at the center when they were in their formative stages. One of the things we worked to do was make a stronger link to the Visual Arts community. The center had a lot of performing arts opportunities, but not nearly as many visual arts opps, so this festival is just one of the ways they've connected and reached out. The list of artists who will be exhibiting is quite fabulous. See the link below. Many are local Wisconsin artists. Some are quite young and that inspires me greatly. I tell my students about their youth and say " this could be some of you in just a few years." I checked out the list of exhibitors and many are the same as year's past. Rather think "oh it will be the same show" I am looking forward to renewing acquaintances.
Joann Engelhart and Katie Musolff. There is great variety in the show with painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers and fiber artists. I had never met Joann Engelhart before and last year I started talking to her and we quite literally chatted for almost 2 hours. She is a wonderful woman and a very inspiring artist. Her story is inspiring too. She went back to school to get her MFA late in life. She teaches part-time at UW-Milwaukee and is a great example that it is never to late to follow your passion. Joann will also have a solo exhibit later this year at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Katie is one of the young artists who is amazing, friendly talented and really just so good at the paintings she produces. I met her while taking a watercolor class a few years back. At that time she was a student at MIAD, but now she is a successful fine artist.
Make sure you make time to get to the exhibit. Here is a list of all the artists participating. Hope to see you there.