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 favorites among the visual arts exhibitors, the People’s Choice Award went to Jamie Heiden, a repeat favorite, whose innovative photography captures imaginations and prompts rave comments from people around the world. The VIVA Art Gallery in Viroqua sponsors the People’s Choice Award, which includes a blue ribbon and a prize of $100, and Heiden as this year’s award winner will be a featured artist there during May 2016.