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Festival of Arts and Gallery Tour

July 21 & 22, 2018

The Chequamegon Bay is a special place for artists. Some choose to live here surrounded by the peace and beauty of the Northwoods, others visit seeking inspiration from the natural wonders of the Apostle Islands sea caves and Lake Superior. On the third weekend of July, the community celebrates this unique connection to the arts during the annual Bayfield Festival of Arts weekend. Events include a live art auction, fine art vendors and local gallery tours and demonstrations.

This juried arts & crafts show is held in Memorial Park on the scenic shores of Lake Superior in downtown Bayfield. Visitors will find a unique selection of pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass works, wood carvings, photography and more. Take special notice of the blue “Best in Show” ribbons, which are awarded to artists in five categories, while browsing.

In addition to the festival in Memorial Park, guests are invited to experience art in the making during the Festival of Arts Gallery Tour on Saturday and Sunday.

Local galleries and working studios will welcome visitors throughout the weekend with open houses, demonstrations, and special sales as part of this tour. Watch local artists perform wheel-thrown pottery techniques and witness silver smithing, painting and quilting demonstrations.

Participating galleries in 2016 include:
Austin Miller Studio, Bates Art Bar, Bayfield Artists’ Guild, Bayfield Inn Art Gallery, Hitching Post Studio & Gallery, Eckels Pottery and Fine Craft Gallery, Kerr Studio & Gallery, Lake Superior Drifting Stone Jewelry, Metamorphosis North Gallery, Madeline Island Candles, Madeline Island Museum, Stone’s Throw, Orchard’s Edge Quilt Shop, Oulu Glass Gallery, and Washburn Cultural Center.
These events are free and open to the public.

In celebration of Lake Superior!
Bayfield Festival of Arts will highlight the artists who incorporate materials that are sourced directly from the Big Lake. Those artists will be given a badge that says “Lake Superior Sourced” to display on their booth and will also be mentioned in the festival directory.

Examples of materials that are Lake Superior Sourced include:
Lake Superior agates, sea glass or basalt set in jewelry, painted or photographic images of Lake Superior, ceramics built with local clay.

Don’t miss the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council’s (CBAC) annual fundraising auction held at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion on Saturday, July 21. Enjoy a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment while previewing original art items reflecting a yearly theme. The auction preview and silent auction will take place from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, followed by the live auction beginning at 7:30pm. This is CBAC’s most important fundraising event, directly supporting grant opportunities that enrich the arts in the Chequamegon Bay region.

The Bayfield Festival of Arts is a Travel Green Wisconsin certified event.