Wildflower Art Festival Aug. 9 in Brodhead, Wisconsin

Staff Report

BRODHEAD, Wisconsin — The Fourth Annual Wildflower Art Festival, part of the Brodhead Chamber’s annual Covered Bridge Days, is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, in shady Veterans Park on Highway 11 next to the depot museum.

The festival 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. Live music and tasty homemade ice cream will be available in the park.

Among the many talented artists new to this year’s show are photographers Martin Rowe and Debra Ehman from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, who layer their photographs with textures to create nostalgic or whimsical pieces that resurrect memories of childhood and past history; Rockford’s Barbara McNamara, who creates oil and watercolor paintings featuring the light, color, and movement found in birds and flowers; Barbara Minz of Campbellsport, Wisconsin, a fine jeweler whose hand-wrought sterling silver and 14K gold creations include semi-precious stones bezel-mounted in the designs; Donna Sawtelle of Loves Park, whose acrylic paintings include whimsical, realistic and abstract subjects; and the “Green Chicks,” Suzanne Miller and Nikki Cooper from Monroe,Wisconsin, who offer sculpture, planters, puppets, whimsical creatures and functional art created from 90 percent recycled materials. Several of these fine artists have been long-time exhibitors at many art shows and some also have their work displayed in art galleries.

More information, including a list of exhibiting artists, is available on the Brodhead Chamber website, brodheadchamber.org. Go to the “Wildflower Festival” button on the left side and click on “Exhibiting Artists.” One example of each artist’s work is shown, as well as links to their websites, if applicable.

The Wildflower Festival will feature a native plant tour in Putnam Park at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 10, preceded by marshmallow roasting at 10 a.m.

Covered Bridge Days, Brodhead’s largest festival, is going on all weekend with too many activities to list (download the entire schedule at www.brodheadchamber.org by going to the Covered Bridge Days button on the left side). A very special addition to this year’s festivities is the appearance of the 1st Brigade Band, originally formed 150 years ago this year by Civil War soldiers from Brodhead and re-invented 50 years ago this year by a group of historically-minded musicians. This acclaimed group, dressed in authentic uniforms and playing on authentic period instruments, will present two concerts Saturday, Aug. 9 — details are listed in the Covered Bridge Days schedule. Continuing events include the ever-popular pontoon boat rides on Brodhead’s historic Mill Race, historic wagon tours, vendors, tractor pulls, horse show, car show, music, food, and much more.

Posted Aug. 5, 2014

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