Art Festival Winners in Twelfth Event

by VIVA Gallery in Viroqua, the People’s Choice Award includes a ribbon, a $100 stipend, and an invitation for a feature exhibit at the gallery.

Another competitive award, Best of Show, selected by judges who included a gallery owner, a fine arts professor and a professional artist, went to Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber-Olds of Viroqua. They collaborate on human and animal wood sculptures that are imaginative, colorful and clever. Sponsored by J Gallery Interior Design Studio in La Crosse, the Best of Show award includes a ribbon and a cash prize of $500. State Street Gallery, also in La Crosse, sponsors two $100 Merit Awards, which went this year to Amy and Matt Palmer for their upcycled steampunk jewelry and to John Craig for his collage work, including the always-popular “Lost Treasures of the Driftless” series.

Overview of 2016 DAAF

Art lovers will soon descend on Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, for the 2016 Driftless Area Art Festival, September 17 and 18. They’ll come from all over the Driftless Region and well beyond. Last year’s event drew visitors from 15 states and 279 zip codes.

Eighty artists, all from the Driftless Region, will offer fine handmade art including the following categories: ceramics, drawing and pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalworks, mixed media, painting, photography, limited-edition prints, sculpture, and wood, including functional wares and furniture.

Pleasant Ridge School Wins $500 for its Art Programs

Art takes many forms in schools across the Driftless region. In some classrooms, young people paint with watercolors or acrylics. In others they make collages. In still others they create pots and figurines out of clay, and then wait for them to be fired.

Some art teachers work in large and well-equipped studio-type classrooms, others have more modest digs. But all of them are dedicated to helping their students both see and express the beauty in the world around them.

Calling All Art Teachers

Art teachers from across the Driftless area are invited to prepare submissions of student artwork for exhibit in the KidsArt Gallery and the Teen Art Gallery, during the upcoming Driftless Area Art Festival, September 17 – 18 in Soldiers Grove.

All elementary schools submitting work have a chance at a drawing for a $500 check for art materials, held the following spring. The 2015 winning school was Doudna Elementary in Richland Center.

Driftless Area Art Festival Introduces Area’s First Non-Event

April 30, 2016—For the past ten years, the Driftless Area Art Festival has held a Spring Gala to raise funds to support the event, to raise funds for school art programs through a KidsArt auction, and to celebrate the region’s notable talents in art, music and food. This year, the festival’s organizers are taking a different route, announced with a humorous “Non-Gala” invitation to stay home in your comfy clothes, on your comfy couch, on the evening that the Gala would normally take place.   That, plus an appeal to still support the festival.

“We have really appreciated all the artist and community support that made all those Galas great successes, and which have gone a long way to make the Driftless Area Art Festival possible,” said co-chair Liz Quebe. “But we wanted to simplify things, and consolidate two major events—the Gala and the Festival– into one, and still keep the popular elements of the Gala intact.”

October 12 2015 It was another record-breaking year for the Driftless Area Art Festival, held September 19-20 in Soldiers Grove. Perfect weather during the eleventh annual event, and 83 visual artists, many of them returning favorites, drew more visitors than in 2014, representing 15 states and 279 zip codes. When those visitors voted for their […]