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BROADHEAD, Wis. — Brodhead’s Third Annual Wildflower Art Festival, part of the Brodhead Chamber’s annual Covered Bridge Days, will be even bigger and better! Open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, in Veteran’s Park on Highway 11 next to the depot museum, it is a juried fine art show featuring artists from three states displaying and selling their work. Media of all kinds including painting, wood, glass, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, photography, graphics and garden art will be represented.
Among the many artists new to this year’s show are Steve Schroeder of Waterloo, Iowa, who spends his spare time sitting on riverbanks and lakeshores seeking beautiful stones that will find their way into his unique jewelry; Robert Sjostrom from Rockford who somehow manages to expose photographs onto clay; Sharon Christensen of Racine, Wis., whose striking watercolors feature many scenes from Green County; and the team of Lynne Diebel and Jann Kalscheur who photograph natural things shaped like letters of the alphabet and put them together to make words — like your name, for example!
Several of these fine artists have been longtime exhibitors at many art shows, and some also have their work displayed in area galleries. Make a shopping list of all your yearly gift recipients — it’s much more special to pick out a unique piece of art than to buy something with a “Made in China” label! Besides giving an original gift, you will be supporting area artists and the local economy!
In addition to the art festival, the Wildflower Festival will celebrate Brodhead’s many native plantings with a marshmallow roast at 9:45 a.m. Sunday at the log cabin across from the Memorial Public Library, followed by a native plant tour that promises to be informative for all ages.
Covered Bridge Days has activities for everyone, including a car show, horse show, tractor pull, thresheree, vendors on the square, food, music and the continuation of two events that premiered last year: “Embrace the Race” pontoon boat rides on the mill race, and the regional “Little G” garden tractor expo, which is predicted to bring nearly 1,000 vintage and restored garden tractors to town!
Last but not least, Brodhead’s eagerly-anticipated first mural will be unveiled Saturday at 12:30 p.m. across from the Bank of Brodhead.
Posted Aug. 7, 2013