Visual, culinary and performing arts of the Driftless Region will be celebrated Saturday, May 4, at the annual Driftless Area Art Festival Gala, to be held in the Old Oak Inn in Soldiers Grove. The gala will offer visual arts, dinner featuring local foods prepared by Rooted Spoon Culinary, and music by Sandler Waggoner and Bob Hill.
A silent auction of more than 30 original pieces by artists from across the Driftess Area will include paintings, sculptures, jewelry pieces and other works, as well as a few local culinary products. Proceeds from the gala will help support the ninth annual Driftless Area Art Festival, scheduled for September 14 and 15 at the Beauford T. Anderson Park in Soldiers Grove.
In another favorite of the annual gala, a live auction of the three prizewinners from the 2012 KidsArt Gallery will raise money for school art programs. Last year’s KidsArt Gallery, always a favorite draw in the Art Festival, drew over 600 works by young artists. This year’s pieces will include “Fishy Friends,” by Alison Derrett of Richland Center; “Watching Angel,” by Gracie Malin of Genoa; and “Above the Clouds,” a painting by Ferryville middle schooler Lane Buchner. Each of the three students earlier received a cash prize and a framed copy of the original art piece.
Other surprises will be included in the auction, and winning raffle tickets will be drawn for works by three professional artists: A framed original oil painting, "Sunrise along the River Road" by Joan Finnegan of Lanesboro, Minnesota; a pottery vase, “Owl on Watch,” by LaCrosse potter Joyce Diveley; and a double border birch bark framed mirror by Ken and Michell Workowski of Viola.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the raffle and can be purchased from members of the Driftless Area Art Festival Committee (Kay Campbell, Virginia Johnson, Sherry Quamme, Ali Spurr, Dewey and Marge Thompson, Sherry Quamme and Theresa Yaeger in Ferryville; Brad Niemcek, Sharon Murphy and Dana Van Hoesen in Gays Mills; Andy Cameron, Diane Craig, Nora Knapik, and Jerry and Liz Quebe in Soldiers Grove; Barb Kettner in Viola; Bill Motlong in Readstown: and Hans Gill in Seneca. Committee members can be emailed through the festival website.
Invitations have been sent for the gala, and anyone who has not received one can call Barb Kettner at 608-627-2729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full information on the May gala and on the art festival scheduled for September in Soldiers Grove can be found at www.driftlessareaartfestival.com.