This years Driftless Area Art Festival happened despite the devastation that took place 2 weeks earlier from extensive flooding in our driftless area of southwestern Wisconsin. Thanks to the diligent work of the organizers and many volunteers the fair was relocated from the park in Soldiers Grove to the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Gays Mills.  This venue made for a lovely fair but we will be looking forward to the recovery in Soldiers Grove  and our return in 2019.

My thanks to the many who visited my booth; it validates what I have chosen to create and re-energizes my desire to weave… just not right away. Hopefully  these photos entice you to visit this great festival next year or perhaps volunteer in some capacity.

Crawford County Fairgrounds in Gays Mills/ What is left of the gazebo in the park at Soldiers Grove

Art patrons at the entrance/ A view from Kathy Aaker of Riverweave’s booth

Award winners Gordon Browning, Best of Show with his lathe turned vessels, and merit award winners, weaver Elin Haessly and basketmaker Lori Hungerholt

good food too

My booth

Jaali and her lovely colorful booth

a few of the many talented artists

my scarf babies

kids art judging

tintype photography by Aldis Strazdins

auctioning off kids art winners from last year