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Art lovers can buy raffle tickets for three unique works by area artists, with winning tickets drawn at a gala to support and celebrate the Eighth Annual Driftless Area Art Festival. 

A 16” x 20” professionally framed oil painting titled “Farm in August” was created especially for the raffle by Viola artist Barbara Kettner. A second work, a 14-inch tall crystalline glazed vase, is the work of potter Kyle Kreigh of LaFarge. The third raffle item is a beaded necklace featuring a pendant made from fabric of a vintage kimono, fashioned by LaCrosse artist Linda Mast. Matching earrings are included.

The drawing will be held at the May 19 Driftless Area Art Festival Spring Gala at Sugar Creek Bible Camp Lodge in Ferryville. Only 1,000 raffle tickets will be sold, for $5 each or five for $20.

The gala will also feature a silent auction of more than 30 pieces by professional artists, and a live auction of the three pieces of student art selected from over 600 KidsArt pieces at the 2011 Festival. Proceeds from the KidsArt auction will go to benefit the art programs at the students’ schools.

The three student pieces are the watercolor “Sunflower Burst by Emma Kapinus of Wauzeka; a carving,  “Song of Springtime” by Laura Buchner of Ferryville; and the framed photograph “Water Droplets” by Jadynn Yocum of LaFarge. A unique mask created by another young artist, Hannah Nass of Ferryville, will be auctioned to support the work of the KidsArt Gallery. Its partner, created by Hannah’s brother Daniel, was auctioned last year.

Further Information on the raffle and gala, including images of the raffle items, can be found on the festival website

Raffle tickets can be purchased from members of the Driftless Area Art Festival Committee (Kay Campbell, Virginia Johnson, Sherry Quamme, Ali Spurr, Dewey and Marge Thompson, Theresa Yaeger in Ferryville; Brad Niemcek, Sharon Murphy and Dana Van Hoesen in Gays Mills; Andy Cameron, Nora Knapik, and Jerry and Liz Quebe in Soldiers Grove; Barb Kettner in Viola; Bill Motlong in Readstown: Hans Gill in Seneca, and Bob and Diane Witt in Prairie du Chien). You may also email your interest to

The Driftless Area Art Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 in Soldiers Grove.