As the air starts to cool and the leaves begin to change, the scenic bluffs of Clayton County slowly shift from lush, summer green, to golden yellow and red. It’s a picturesque time in the area, and tourists from Iowa and beyond can be seen on overlooks and highways taking pictures of views that can only be found in our county. The crisp air makes for a perfect day to view the colorful hills, and gander at amazing art. The Art in the Park Fine Art Festival is an annual event held in the Founders Park in Elkader. This year will mark the third year of the festival, and promises to be the best year yet.
As I approached the park, the sound of acoustic guitar filled the air, and a female soloist’s voice registered more clearly as I got closer. Her band was one of many local, diverse musical talents that had played throughout the day. Past the gazeebo, a mass of people ambling along the sidewalk led me to the tents where artists had set up their pieces to be admired. As I passed by the tents and gazed inside, I noticed people with looks of wonder, as well as those wondering how a certain piece would look over their couch in their living room.
In some tents, there were small crowds of children watching the artists give a painting demonstration. It was a wonderful experience to see the look of wonder in their eyes, and the shimmer of inspiration. There were also a couple of local wineries that had samples of their award winning wines. I stopped by the Promiseland Winery booth, and sampled one of their white wines, First Crush. With a gentle swirl, the light, fruity scent of the wine gave me a hint of the wine’s personality. A sip of the wine gave me fruity hints of pineapple and grapefruit and left me with a delightful floral essence. As I popped my head into the art tents, I found so many different forms and media of art. From sculpture to oil painting, welding to embroidery, all forms of art were celebrated at the festival.
For anybody who enjoys fine art, the Art in the Park Fine Arts Festival is the event to experience. This year, the event is on August 19th and 20th at Founders Park, and I can’t wait to go see what new pieces and artists on offer this year.
Written by Jayna Felder | Photo Credit to Art in the Park Facebook