Admission prices have been reduced to $5 per day, with a new $7 weekend pass available. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets and information is available at[masked], or visit www.hiddenriverartfestival.com
Hidden River Art Festival features exciting changes
BROOKFIELD’S POPULAR HIDDEN RIVER Art Festival expands this month to include not only leading Wisconsin artists, but also artists from six other Midwestern states.
Held September 14-15 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive in Mitchell Park
(between Brookfield and Barker Roads), the festival expands significantly in its eighth year.
This year, 100 artists will exhibit their work beside the Wilson Center. Selected by a panel of jurors, the participating artists specialize in a variety of areas, including painting, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, printmaking, sculpture and more. In addition, visitors will find exhibits inside the Center and activities outside on the Center’s spacious grounds.
The festival also features artist workshops and demonstrations for both children and adults, a gallery showcase, an emerging artist gallery, a silent auction, and hands-on activities for children.
Galleries, emerging artists featured
The Gallery Showcase, located in the Wilson Center’s Grand Hall, features some of the area’s outstanding galleries. In addition to artworks, staff from the
galleries will share insights on current trends and advice on how to select fine art.
The Hidden River Emerging Artists Gallery inside the Dawes Studio Theater focuses on innovative emerging local artists. This curated display provides a platform for early career artists.
The Wilson Center’s Ploch Art Gallery (located on the second floor of the Grand Hall) hosts the work of Wisconsin’s fine artists throughout the year. On view through October 26 is the work of Beki Borman. Borman’s current oil paintings are done primarily with a palette knife. These “chromascapes” focus on color relationships within the subject of landscape. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and during performances.
Visitors with hidden talents can learn new techniques and discover artists’ trade secrets at the festival. In the Artist Demonstration Tent, exhibiting artists will demonstrate painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, 3D and mixed media.
At the Children’s Activities Tent, Wilson Center art teachers present demonstrations and activities for children of all ages, providing a glimpse of classes offered year round at the Center.
Sunday brings a display of Italian autos
Italian automobiles are the focus of a special display of beautiful, classic and contemporary vehicles on Sunday. Visitors can meet with the owners and discuss the design elements that go into the creation of such aesthetically innovative automobiles. (Free with festival admission.)
The festival is generously supported by presenting sponsor M Magazine and supporting sponsors American Transmission Company, Rozman Wealth Management, and Holly & Jon Sorenson. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Admission only $5
While the array of special activities, exhibitions and artists has always made this art festival a great value, it’s an even greater bargain in 2013.
September 14-15 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive in Mitchell Park (between Brookfield and Barker Roads), the festival expands significantly in its eighth year.